Monday, August 15, 2011

And so it begins, again: Taking our country back

Either Michele Bachmann is incredibly stupid, has a short memory or is a racist. My guess is she's all three. In Iowa yesterday, one day after celebrating her stunning ... 154-point win over the equally hopeless Ron Paul, Bachmann used those 4 little code words: "Take our country back." Now, what do you suppose that means? Who took our country? Where did it go? Was there some great change that we weren't told about? Let's see, we got a new president a couple of years ago. He's bl ... Oh, I see.
Today, the Rev. Gov. Rick Perry told even more Iowans that the men and women in our armed forces "deserve to have a commander-in-chief that is in love with America." When have we ever had a president that wasn't? I mean, if we had a, oh, I don't know, president who "is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]," said the Marrying Man, Sir I Do of Newt.
I've really had it with this disrespect being shown to the president. I mean, Bush was an idiot, but at least President Obama was smart enough to know that everybody knew that. That's why the 2008 campaign was about the future and not the past. But, there's just one little problem: Bush's past is inescapable. He increased national defense spending from $297 billion in FY2001 to $534 billion in FY2010. Even Bachmann has stated President Obama was responsible for $700 bailout of Wall Street. She's never been the kind of person that would let a little thing like the truth get in the way of a talking point.
Rev. Gov. Perry publicly proclaims himself to be a Christian, even to the extent of misusing the funds and the stationery of his office to put on a big ol' revival in Houston. Yet, he has no problem misleading the public. Perry states correctly that Texas has created "40 percent of all the jobs in America." What he doesn't say is that the vast majority of those jobs were minimum wage jobs (Bachmann of course wants to do away with minimum wage, calling it a job-killer). Texas and Mississippi, in fact, share the distinction of having the most minimum wage jobs in the country. There's even a joke going around Texas. A man asks another man, "Is it true that Texas has created more jobs than anybody in the last couple years?" The other man says, "Yes it is. I should know. I have three of them."
Maybe Bachmann means that batshit-crazy wants to take the country back from intelligent, measured, responsible people such as the president. I mean, she is color-blind, at least historically. Who can forget her great quote, saying that the Founding Fathers "worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States." It only took them 87 years.

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