Michele Bachmann – Ignorance In Motion

Amazing. Not only is Michele Bachmann a student of U.S. history

“But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”

…apparently, she’s also a scholar when it comes to Canadian history, at least history covering the last two years. Here’s a tweet sent out by her campaign office.

“Lesson in economic recovery: Consider Canada. No stimulus & unemployment is 20% lower than US.”

How lovely it must be to live in a world where there is no need to fact check statements before blurting them out; the only qualifier is that it fit one’s narrative.  The cockiness and total disregard for truth required to pull such a stunt over and over again comes in knowing that your dimwitted supporters will believe anything you say. That and the knowledge that conservative media will repeat the statement a number of times in the course of a day’s news cycle and never once  inform their hapless listeners or readers that it’s all a blatant lie…and thus, another Fox viewer or Limbaugh dittohead adds one more notch of ignorance to their vast database of misinformation.

No, the “founders that wrote” the Constitution did not abolish slavery. That was done with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. But hey, in Bachmann’s Tea Party infused mind, making slave-owning founders to be abolitionists sounds so pretty.  So what that she was off by ninety years in her recollection of history – it’s a trivial matter between friends.

As for her statement on Canada and its economic recovery, TPM notes…

…the absolute fact of the matter is that Canada undertook a thorough stimulus program under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party — one that was relatively smaller than the one here, but given the apples and oranges situation of having different economic needs, it was still a very considerable one.

In fact, Canada put in place a $40 billion, two year stimulus program which, based on a Bloomberg report and IMF data (per-capita GDP, smaller population, etc.), equates to what would be a $360 billion American stimulus.  In fact, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had this to say in 2009.

“The reason this government has proposed such a massive economic plan and such a massive deficit spending stimulus is our anticipation of significant economic challenges including job losses in the year to come.  That’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

There are other factors involved in Canada’s relatively better economic recovery aside from the stimulus (a better regulated and stable banking industry is one key component), but the undeniable fact is that Bachmann and her minions lied in an effort to push their anti-Obama propaganda. The end result is that Bachmann’s supporters now believe that Canada’s economic recovery was done without a stimulus and no amount of debate or discussion by truth-tellers will ever change their minds.

Move over death panels, another bullshit lie has been created to fill the vacuous heads of wingnuts and teabaggers alike.


8 thoughts on “Michele Bachmann – Ignorance In Motion

  1. Ok I have to say it, I now do believe in alien abductions. There is no other explanation for how all these republican wing-nuts could become so indoctrinated or infected by so much b.s. in such a short span of time. Has anyone thought to check them for an unknown virus? From the quote below it would seem that someone in the Bush White House tried to warn us, but we just didn’t realize how far and how fast this infection had spread. Now we find ourselves with an epidemic that attacks the DNA of the RNC and has spread to their followers and we have no antidote to nutralize it and bring them back to sanity.

    As a liberal I believe in live and let live, but in this case our reality is being attacked and I say ET must go, one way or the other. Read his plan and see if you can think of a way to bring sanity back to our world, before the virus spreads any further, maybe I missed an important clue that coiuld save us all.

    “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” the Bush aide told the journalist. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to study what we do.” From Ron Suskind’s article about faith and President George W. Bush that appeared in The New York Time Magazine

  2. i’m astounded that Mario was able to capture Bachman’s true image. Must have taken a lot of stake out hours!

    I knew the Earther Movement was right to request her birth certificate, which she has never provided by the way.

    I’m sure the founders also solved global warming, that flat earth/round earth thang and which came first the chicken or the egg. They probably also solved that conflict of mayo vs miracle whip

  3. Jon Stewart said it all the other night responding to Chris Wallace’s statement about Fox giving their viewers the “other side” — what other side? Facts are facts — facts don’t have two sides…except in Fox world.

    Sadly, the revisionist history and the blatant lying only continues to cloud the issues and will never lead to finding suitable compromise or solutions.

    And once they believe they’ve been “informed” nothing, but nothing will change their minds.

    What Fox has done is use the Limbaugh model — that you can only find the “truth” with him or them. They, in effect, capture their audience by telling them everyone else is the “lame stream media” (Palin knew how to play the game very well) and only they are providing the facts and everyone else is lying to them. It matters not one whit if information you supply is from a non-partisan source and especially a government source like the GAO or the Congressional Research Service, both of who report their non-partisan findings and reports to members of Congress, because these sources can’t be trusted either!

  4. Fantastic read Mario. People like yourself are just awesome. I hate that woman and everything she represents. I hate it when politians make up their own facts and dodge the truth to suit their needs, not to mention when they’re bought by big business. Can someone in America please have a debate with this evil woman and put her in her rightful place! People like mario are doing a great job and i respect anyone who challenges these no good evil corrupt individuals. She could probably tell her followers the earth is flat and they would just lap it up!

  5. I would like to recommend several sources of education and information to counteract the Michelle Bachmann’s of the world.

    Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV
    MIT Open Courseware (free online college courses, including U.S. History!)
    YouTube (has incredible video lectures on U.S. history and tons of other info)
    TeachingAmericanHistory.org (Massive online site that is just incredible for U.S. History resources)
    AcademicEarth.org (free college courses online)
    Guggenheim Project (an online project to put classic literature online for free)
    League of Women Voters (has great voter information on both candidates and issues on ballots)

    This short list shows that so much is available for free that no one has any excuse for being ignorant!
    I would also recommend all the blog lists on Mario’s site!

    Let’s get educated, then registered to vote, then….participate in our democracy and vote!

  6. Yesterday, I came across some old recordings I’d made of The Muppet Show. One was the show from March 1978 that featured Alice Cooper as the guest. As I was watching, it occured to me that in every picture of Michele Bachmann I have ever seen, she looks far, far more deranged than Alice Cooper does when (with full makeup) he is trying to look crazy.

    This is the episode that started off with Scooter coming in to the guest dressing room to find Vince Furnier applying makeup while surrounded by monster Muppets.

    Scooter: Uh, sir? I think there’s something you should know.
    Alice Cooper: Yes?
    Scooter: These monsters aren’t ours!
    Alice Cooper: I know. They’re mine!

    Anyway, I was inspired to look up the lyrics to an old song and alter them a bit. Here for almost the first time ever:

    Charlie Manson Eyes

    Her speech is Glenn Beck gold
    Her grimace sweet surprise
    Her heart is always cold
    She’s got Charlie Manson eyes
    She’ll turn her rhetoric on you
    You won’t have to think twice
    Cold as Minnesota snow
    She got Charlie Manson eyes

    And she’ll tease you
    She’ll unease you
    All the better just to sleaze you
    She’s precocious and she knows just
    What it takes to make a Rove blush
    She got John Boehner teary cries
    She’s got Charlie Manson eyes

    She’ll take you to the cleaners
    It whets her appetite
    She’ll lay you on her slab
    She’ll take a dump on you
    Roll you like you were dice
    Until you come out blue
    She’s got Charlie Manson eyes

    She’ll expose you, when she snows you
    Off your feet with the crumbs she throws you
    She’s ferocious and she knows just
    What it takes to make a Rove blush
    Republicans think she’s a guy
    She’s got Charlie Manson eyes

    And she’ll tease you
    She’ll unease you
    All the better just to sleaze you
    She’s precocious, and she knows just
    What it takes to make a Rove blush
    She got John Boehner teary cries
    She’s got Charlie Manson eyes

    She’ll tease you
    She’ll unease you
    Just to sleaze ya
    She’s got Charlie Manson eyes
    She’ll expose you, when she snows you
    She knows ya
    She’s got Charlie Manson eyes

  7. Forgot to mention…the original is Bette Davis Eyes, written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon in 1974 and made a hit by Kim Carnes in 1981.

  8. Great lyrics! Also, a correction to my post. It is the Guttenberg Project not Guggenheim! Ouch! At least I have coreected it.!Hope you all have a great 4th of July! God Bless Our Troops!

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