Sunday, March 13, 2011

WHAAAAAT???

What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. 
Believe it or not, that is what Michelle Bachman, the Republican Congresswoman from Minnesota, had to say over the week-end at an event---in New Hampshire.  I guess that she got Concord, New Hampshire mixed up with Concord, Massachusetts.  (I have no detailed explanation for the Lexington, Massachusetts/New Hampshire mix-up but I venture a guess that it had to do with sheer stupidity or poor eduction or, probably, a combination of the two.)
According to one account: [Here]
Bachmann's contorting of a basic fact about the fight for American independence was made all the more glaring because of her repeated references throughout her speech to the nation's founding [history].
The setting for this speech was the site for a soon-to-be private high school and, sorry to report, there were a number of students in the audience.  Let’s hope that the youngsters weren’t paying much attention.
This is not the first time that Bachman has had trouble with American History 105.  Remember when she said back in January at a conservative event in Iowa that our nation was unique because people came here from all over the world and...[Here]
 It didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status...Once you got here, we were all the same.  Isn't that remarkable? 
(It certainly was remarkable because it didn’t happen that way.)  But then--Ah Ha!-- she remembered the despicable institution of slavery and added:
...we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents [the Constitution and the Bill of Rights] worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.
I’m going to stop here.  Let's hope that some kind soul has given Michelle a short, uncomplicated history lesson.  I know that she'll be upset to learn that the Emancipation Proclamation was not signed until 1863 during the Civil War and all the Founding Fathers were dead by then.  The Thirteenth Amendment, freeing all the slaves, went into effect in 1865.

I refuse to believe that the American public would seriously consider this woman qualified for a Presidential run.  However, while we watch other GOP hopefuls jockeying for position, we can also watch Michelle-from-Minnesota for comic relief...



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