Monday, June 27, 2011

Michele, ma belle

Campaigning in Waterloo, Iowa, Michele Bachmann praised the spirit of John Wayne. The "Duke" was born in Winterset, Iowa. The gaff was that serial murderer John Wayne Gacy resided for some years in Waterloo & was where he began raping boys, if not killing them. It was a shockingly tasteless  faux pas.  But Googling John Wayne doesn't return Gacy on the first page (except  Bachmann's remark). More alarming were Bachmann's evasions of some very direct questions put to her by Bob Schieffer on yesterday's Face the Nation. Bachmann just makes stuff up. She lies a lot. She has the weird belief common among Republicans that misinformation is perfectly acceptable if  they believe it's in the service of a Greater Truth.  For Michele it's God's Truth which validates  her ignorant opinions on everything from energy policy to medical care & turns them into religious imperatives.

She's a member of one of the most conservative protestant denominations in America, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, which demands doctrinal conformity in all Christian fellowship (they wouldn't have a friendship picnic with Methodists), & forbids any church role for women which would give them authority over men (which may mean that any man from the congregation could go into the church kitchen & add salt to the gravy).


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