In Her Latest Screwup, Michele Bachmann Claims Founding Fathers “Worked Tirelessly” to End Slavery
US Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), named the least credible American politician by the non-partisan, Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, has once again shown how utterly ignorant she is of basic US history. Speaking at an Iowans for Tax Relief event, Bachmann ridiculously asserted that the United States was founded on racial and ethnic diversity and equality, and that the founding fathers were responsible for abolishing slavery. “Once you got here, we were all the same,” Bachmann said of early Americans. “Isn’t that remarkable?”
What’s remarkable is Michele Bachmann’s complete disconnect from reality. Discussing slavery, she said “we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.” She mentioned “men like John Quincy Adams [who]… would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.”
Leaving aside the fact that John Quincy Adams was not a founding father, most of the actual founding fathers supported slavery. They passed legislation making blacks count as three-fifths of one white person. Some of them, like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, owned slaves. Washington, nearly toothless at age 52, hired a dentist to rip nine teeth from the mouth of one of his slaves and implant them in his own. Jefferson fathered children with one of his slaves.
It’s no wonder that Michele Bachmann is a Tea Party favorite. Her folksy ignorance plays well with the ‘guns, god and Glenn Beck’ crowd. She is, as Meghan McCain calls her, “a poor man’s Sarah Palin.” Or maybe not, since Bachmann seems to be perpetually at war with the poor, whom she loves to blame for their own situation.
It would be tempting to call her an idiot, but again, that may not be the case. Perhaps she knows exactly what she’s doing, tailoring her moronic messages to the misguided souls who elected her to Congress. Could she just be throwing poisonous red meat to her base, many of whom have the IQ of a Minnesota woodchuck? I suspect not. I bet she really believes the rabid absurdities that she utters with alarming regularity. Michele Bachmann’s imbecility is genuine. She’ll probably end up being nominated for President by her Tea Party disciples.
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