Bachmann Scares The Shit Out Of Me

Just read a profile of Michelle Bachmann in American progressive magazine, Mother Jones. Bachmann is a far-right Christian fundamentalist candidate for the republican nomination for US President and she is truly terrifying.

Here are some of her words of wisdom:

“American prosperity is God‘s reward for the nation’s steadfast support for israel”

“We are in the last days, the harvest is at hand”

“As the Church is to Christ, let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands”

Of homosexuality she said, “It’s part of Satan to say that this is gay, it’s anything but gay.”

She is anti-government and anti-politics seeing a communist conspiracy in the mildest social-democratic policies. But this fundamentalist Christian anti-statism is clearly not Libertarian. Bachmann is not interested in personal freedom. Rather she wants to prohibitively legislate on the most intimate of personal matters like individual sexuality and giving birth.

The problem with the secular state for Bachmann is that it protects the rest of us from her lunatic ideas. It protects our right not to agree with her and therefore must be destroyed.

According to her, God not man has decreed what the law is, well to be more precise the God Michelle Bachmann believes in has decreed the law, which fortuitously happen to be laws Michelle agrees with, but in any event, God through the Bible has decreed the law and man’s only duty is to obey, not to make up laws of their own through democratic governance.

This is of course exactly the same argument some Muslim extremists use against the democratic state. God has decreed the Sharia Law through the Koran, Haddith, Sunnah etc and it is not for man to tamper with that, therefore the secular democratic state is illegitimate and should be replaced with a theocratic Caliphate ruled by religious, not secular leaders whose only duty is to interpret the religious texts.

Surely if we replace The Koran with The Bible this is a very good description of Bachmann’s position. Really, really scary.


About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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13 Responses to Bachmann Scares The Shit Out Of Me

  1. You’re lucky. You have the Atlantic Ocean protecting you.

  2. In case my post was misconstrued, I meant that the Atlantic Ocean saves you from having to face the Michelle Bachmann dragon – directly – as we do here on this side of the moat. Save yourselves – don’t lower the drawbridge for us. We’ll escape to Canada or Mexico.

    • No, I got it, and wefeel for you. Cameron and the UK Tories are pretty venally incompetent but compared to Bachmann (and Palin) they are mature, sane and compassionate.

      I’m sure we;d be happy to leave y’all to it except that the UK has a ‘special relationship’ with the USA, which mostly seems to mean being bent over the table taking it up the backside, and if Bachmann, God help us, was to get the nomination I Cameron would be kissing her butt.

      That the leader of the Western world with her finger on the nuclear button could believe we are ‘in the end of days’ means we’re all involved. Terrifying.

  3. Ick. People have always said that politics is a nasty business. Now I know what they’ve been talking about. I wonder how many politicians have aids? And they shake hands so much. Look out!

  4. By the way Bachmann sounds like a German name, kind of like Eichmann. You don’t suppose she’d hold a grudge against you English, you know the war and all.

  5. But consider this. Bachmann might have a good chance of establishing dialogue with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad. They have similar views about Armageddon. From there the discourse could migrate to discussions on how to know when it’s safe to come out of your bomb shelter and how to grow crops in radioactive soil. Additionally, and this is important, if they combine their budgets they could book some really class acts for the welcome back party.

  6. Could it be that you’re just afraid of woman leaders?

  7. Sit back and watch the show. The US presidential election is always good for months of entertainment. Some day I’ll have to learn how the UK system works.

  8. Occasionally, our public TV channel will show what I think is called the Prime Minister’s question session, or something of that sort. The chamber is full of people and when someone wants to ask a question he or she stands, if I understand what I’m seeing. So you have all of these people standing up and sitting down, over and over. My question is: why don’t they just raise their hands instead of standing up?

    • One of the problems with the UK system of democracy is that it has evolved from a previous system of totalitarian monarchism. Embedded in it is a deference to an aristocratic hierarchy. (Embedded in the U.S. system is a deference to wealth). As a result there are all sorts of weird and wonderful historical procedural peccadilloes involving standing, sitting, processing, bowing and scraping. Conservatives tend to admire these procedures as evidence of our great ‘democratic tradition’ and our continuing commitment to monarchy and aristocracy, which they perceive as being a good thing. People like me see them as evidence of our ‘totalitarian past’ and our continuing commitment to monarchy and aristocracy, which we perceive as being a bad thing.

      Just watched HBO’s series, John Adams. If John had had his way your system might have embraced a lot of these appalling demonstrations of deference to power.

  9. As far as Michelle Bachmann is concerned I would judge her chances to be similar to Ron Paul’s – slim to none. The Iowa Straw Poll can be disregarded. The voters in the Iowa Straw Poll do not in any way, shape, or form represent the general US population. So relax your liberal self. Sanity will prevail. So sit back and watch to see who gets voted off the island.

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