“She makes Sarah Palin look like Count Metternich,” -GOP consultant Mike Murphy on Twitter after reading about the Concord confusion
I’m begging you. I’m actually pleading with you. I cannot take this any longer. Will all of you Tea Party/Republican politicians who claim to hold the Constitution, and American history for that matter, in some sort of holy reverence please, please, PULEEZE, stop pretending you know anything about either one of them. While you all genuflect at the utterance of anything pertaining to the beginning of our democracy and the leaders of the day, your slipshod knowledge of the time period has been highlighted time and time again in embarrassing detail. May I suggest a good reading of “American History For
Tea Party Dummies” before all of your next public speaking engagements?
Herman Cain, a GOP member who has now thrown himself into the presidential race for the next 30 seconds, urged all of us regular folks to to “reread” the “Constitution” the other day when he announced his candidacy. Problem was, he was actually referring to the Declaration of Independence:
CAIN: We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, we need to reread the Constitution and enforce the Constitution. … And I know that there are some people that are not going to do that, so for the benefit of those who are not going to read it because they don’t want us to go by the Constitution, there’s a little section in there that talks about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
You know, those ideals that we live by, we believe in, your parents believed in, they instilled in you. When you get to the part about “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” don’t stop there, keep reading. Cause that’s when it says “when any form of government becomes destructive of those ideals, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” We’ve got some altering and some abolishing to do!
By the way, Herman Cain won the 2012 GOP Presidential debate sponsored by
FAUX FOX News. Exactly. Keep talking like that, Mr. Cain and you may surge ahead of Ms. Bachmann in the, “I haven’t the first clue about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, where to look into the camera while giving a rebuttal speech, or where the hell important events in America actually took place” award.
On a similar note, I am still waiting for Michele Bachmann to take up the offer from one young lady, Amy Myers, a high school student from Cherry Hill N.J., who has challenged her to a debate about the Constitution and American historical facts. This is the letter she sent:
Dear Representative Bachmann,
My name is Amy Myers. I am a Cherry Hill, New Jersey sophomore attending Cherry Hill High School East. As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. The frequency and scope of these comments prompted me to write this letter.
Though I am not in your home district, or even your home state, you are a United States Representative of some prominence who is subject to national media coverage. News outlets and websites across this country profile your causes and viewpoints on a regular basis. As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere. Though politically expedient, incorrect comments cast a shadow on your person and by unfortunate proxy, both your supporters and detractors alike often generalize this shadow to women as a whole.
Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:
I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.
Hopefully, we will be able to meet for such an event, as it would prove to be enlightening.
Of course, the bubbleheaded Tea Party Patriot has declined the offer. That’s really too bad. I love a good, hearty
chuckle debate. Oh, by the way, for those cretins who are Bachmann supporters and who think that threatening and name-calling a 16 year-old girl is at all acceptable, I would like to know what rock you crawled out from under? This kid has been subjected to all kinds of vile internet posts and mail (according to both herself and her father), all because she has the guts to call out a politician who she feels, hell– KNOWS, does not know the Constitution or much American history.
Bachmann is just one of the multitude of right-wingers who claim they know exactly what the Founding Fathers meant when they gathered in Philadelphia during the blazing hot summer of 1787 to write our founding document, yet they misquote, misconstrue, and mix-up names, dates and places seemingly every time they open their mouths. These aren’t simple slips of the tongue. As I previously mentioned, Herman Cain PREPARED those remarks where he confused the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Michelle Bachmann had traveled to the state of New Hampshire and PREPARED the remarks where she gushed, “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.” Pssst. Michele…that actually happened in Massachusetts. I guess she never got the memo. Evidently, she made the same mistake the night before during a speech as well. Doesn’t anybody proofread anything for crying out loud? Handlers? Hello??? Oh, I forgot to mention how Ms. Bachmann had prattled on during the same speech about how we should, “teach children the facts” and ” knowledge, facts, and information should be on the table, and let students decide what their beliefs should be.” Right on Michele. Facts are facts and ignorance of them is your specialty. I’m quite sure you bank on your constituents lack of knowledge to further your agenda. You and the Herman Cains of your party. You and your kindred spirit Sarah Palin throw around the term “elite” like it’s a yucky thing to be educated. You say it with such disdain, such venom. Of course you do. Your enemy is education. If one is educated, they can see right through your mis-stated “facts”. They can
refudiate refute what you say because they know the basic truths. Unfortunately, you have to contend with not only adults who know the truth about what you don’t know, but evidently teenagers as well. Take Amy Myers up on her offer. Go ahead. Make my day.