Michele Bachmann: East Coast Earthquake, Hurricane Irene were God’s Warning about Government Spending
If anyone needed any proof of how delusional and dangerous Michele Bachmann is, or how absurdly detached from reality your average Tea Party voter is, the Republican presidential hopeful provided it in spades this past weekend. Speaking before a rapt audience of more than a thousand people at a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida on Sunday, the Minnesota congresswoman made the ludicrous claim that last week’s East Coast earthquake and Hurricane Irene were ‘God’s’ warning to U.S. politicians about out-of-control government spending:
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
At least she didn’t blame the President for the hurricane and the earthquake. Hurricane Barack? Nah. Obama’s “fault?” Not unless you’re talking about the debt.
Okay, I’m going to play nice with all you believers out there and assume for argument’s sake that there is a ‘God’ out there running the little show we know as the universe. Do you really think he/she/it gives two farts about whether or not the United States of America is running a budget deficit? Don’t you think he/she/it’s got more important things to worry about? Like expanding the universe and creating new galaxies, stars and such?
Of course, it is 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% likely that there is no such thing as ‘God’ as conceptualized by Bachmann and the tens of millions of fundamentalist Christians in this country who believe some supreme being cares if your teenage daughter smokes pot or if men smoke each other’s cocks. But try telling that down in the Bible Belt. Far from recoiling in horror at the thought of a woman who believes that a supernatural force or fairy-tale friend is out there fretting over the minutiae and monotony of our daily lives, Bachmann’s fundamentalism has won her legions of followers.
Know this: Bachmann and her ilk (that’s you, Rick Perry) are dangerous beyond belief. If they had their way, the United States would be a Christian theocracy where homosexuals, communists, Islamic fundamentalists, abortionists and others would be persecuted– and prosecuted. But they are an even greater threat, for they believe that the Bible is the literal word of ‘God.’ They eagerly await the Rapture, in which the true believers are whisked away to heaven, leaving the rest of us to be destroyed in the Apocalypse. With such beliefs, there is no incentive to deal with the dire problems of climate change, nuclear proliferation or the conflict in the Middle East. On the contrary, Christian fundamentalists positively welcome world conflicts, especially ones in the Holy Land, because they believe the Bible prophesied such crises as prerequisites for the return of Jesus Christ.
Beware, conservatives. There are those among you, even though I don’t agree with them, who are reasonable choices to lead our nation. Then there are the Michele Bachmanns and Rick Perrys. Support them at your peril. At all of our peril. Do not confuse their fundamentalism with patriotism. It is anything but. Think long and hard about whether you want someone who believes that natural disasters are ‘God’s’ version of overdraft notices running your country. You’ve been warned.
UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Michele Bachmann now says the candidate was joking about the storm being a divine warning. “Of course she was saying it in jest,” Alice Stewart told Reuters. Joking about natural disasters that claimed at least 21 American lives? Nice one, Bachmann. Way to sound presidential!
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