Flunking History the Tea Party Way

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“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.

Sincerely yours,

Amy Myers

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.

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4 Responses to Flunking History the Tea Party Way

  1. ShortTimer says:

    “This kid has received all kinds of vile letters and email, all because she has the guts to call out a politician …”

    Really? I’ve been looking for evidence that she’s received any threats, and it’s an interesting story. None of the news stories, none of the blog posts – nobody seems to have any screenshots. The most anyone could show is that she got comments from nasty trolls on yahoo comments pages – and the only evidence of that is text that was copied & pasted here: http://badjournalist.blogspot.com/2011/05/are-these-threats-or-trolls.html , but I’d like to see some evidence that there was anything by any Bachmann supporter or Tea Partier saying a word against her. Kare11 even said there were threats on actual Tea Party sites. Any evidence?

    You might want to check this blog out if you’re interested in facts (which you say you are):
    http://badjournalist.blogspot.com/

    It’s not like it’s hard to get screenshots of people (especially leftists) saying nasty, or even threatening, things:
    http://thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/nj-high-schooler-amy-myers-vs-mn-rep-michele-bachmann/

    But what this poor innocent 16 year-old daughter of a Huffpo admin ( http://wyblog.us/blog/feminists/amy-myers-huffpo-stooge.html ) and agitator who’s not at all being used by her dad in any way to get attention for himself (/sarc) was subjected to by trolls was… basically what anyone with a youtube account sees in the comments every day – there was some degenerate crap tossed her way on a yahoo comments page that was all flagged and deleted. They are obnoxious jackasses who due to the anonymity of the internet spout whatever their id prompts them to. The internet is full of them. Ignore, delete, repeat.

    Since you specifically said “all kinds of vile letters and email” – could you please prove that? Yahoo comments aren’t letters nor email. Letters are physical things, so can we see some scans? Surely one of these news stories exercised due diligence and showed them. How about the emails? Surely there’s a screenshot of the email. I’d like to know so I can call them out on it, if so. Does anybody have any proof? Or is this just, as wyblog notes:

    “What we have here is an unhinged liberal activist preaching to the choir. They expect Tea Partyers to be misogynistic haters because that is the stereotype they’ve created. But in reality I would stake my reputation on any actual threats being quickly and vehemently shouted down by folks from the Right. That’s how we roll. We debate ideas, not personalities.”


    As to Bachmann screwing up Lexington and Concord… So what? It’s like mocking Barack Obama for 57 states, or signing “2008” a couple days ago. It’s an easy cheap shot mocking a gaffe that isn’t representative of the person in their official capacity or what they accomplish for good or ill as a public servant. Cain referencing the Declaration and saying the Constitution instead doesn’t change that he’s referencing founding documents. Whoop-dee-do. You know what he meant.

    It’s as much fun to say “Michele Bachmann’s a moron and doesn’t know Lexington and Concord!” as it is to say “Barry doesn’t know there’s 50 states!” but neither really makes a difference when it comes to how they govern.

    Incidentally, you spelled both Michele Bachmann and Amy Myers names wrong in your post. 🙂

  2. ShortTimer says:

    Oh, and I agree wholeheartedly that those degenerate trolls are scum. I choose to ignore them – most folks do – as the internet is infested with them – especially yahoo answers/comments and youtube comments.

    Just figured I’d reiterate that I despise those keyboard savages spouting obscene crap.

  3. Jodi says:

    Thank you so much for pointing out the spelling errors of those two names. I do my best to avoid those, but as I am usually writing to blow off steam and just enjoy the blogging/writing process (many times written at 3 o’clock in the morning), I make them from time to time. Kudos to you for pointing them out. Now, as for your letter…

    “Really? I’ve been looking for evidence that she’s received any threats, and it’s an interesting story. None of the news stories, none of the blog posts – nobody seems to have any screenshots.”

    As for your assertions that there have been no “threats”, I refer you to published reports in the papers which have reported these claims by the father and Amy Myers, herself.
    http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20110520/NEWS01/105200345/Cherry-Hill-student-s-challenge-Tea-Party-champion-Michele-Bachmann-prompts-threats-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

    “I got a call from the principal that the main office received threatening mail,” said the computer programmer and single father… Asked how it was possible he did not anticipate a public backlash from Bachmann’s many fans, Wayne Myers said, “I personally did not think there would be a reaction like actual stalking and the vitriol that’s coming out.”
    Myers said he asked a neighbor who works for the New Jersey State Police as well as his mail carrier to be alert for anyone suspicious. The family also suspects a neighbor may be posting negative comments about Amy.
    “The school hasn’t received any phone calls of a threatening nature, but has received calls inquiring whether Amy is actually an East student, whether she wrote the letter, and inquiries of that nature,” said Susan Bastnagel, spokeswoman for Cherry Hill public schools, in response to an emailed query.
    I saw many of the comments by “trolls” through screenshots, and they were “vile” and most definitely “threatening” in this parents view. If that was your child, you would not consider them threatening? You posted the link to many of them which are disgusting and I also refer to this blog report which includes many of them.

    http://reinbachsobserver.com/?p=630

    • “Another Liberal @#S% want to be, maybe she needs to be gangbanged at her local ghetto, I bet that will make her parents proud, especially if she gets pregnant with a mulatto baby.”

    • “This disrespectful little twit needs a good spanking. She lacks intelligence, wit, respect and common sense. On second thought she needs a good beating.”

    • “Amy Myers is a Jew vermin from NJ who hates America and loves Obama….Bachmann unlike Jew vermin from NJ Loves America and sees Obama as an Evil Communist.” (For the record, Amy Myers is a Methodist whose DAR family has been in this country for over 400 years.)

    On your blog you claim there are just these little name-calling episodes, no big deal. “Brat, snot-nosed, etc.” If you do not consider the ones that I refer to as threatening and vile so be it. We disagree. If that doesn’t sound like Bachmann/Tea Party/Republican supporters what would you call them? However, I simply wrote that they were Bachmann supporters. Do not lump me in with people who used those other descriptions. They were writing to bash Myers so I don’t think that is a stretch. I never said they were on Tea Party sites, never claimed Bachmann had anything to do with the comments, never used the words” threatened rape” which you come dangerously close to saying on your blog which I take extremely seriously,or any other such thing. But let’s not be disingenuous here. You call them “trolls” with no assumptions as to where they land on the political spectrum when they abuse and call names about people you disagree with politically, but when you read comments bashing anybody on the right, you don’t call them trolls, you call them liberals or democrats or socialists or progressives or lefties…from your blog:

    “ Snot nose and brat. That’s about it. Here’s a page where HannityForum’s apparent lefties (by their screen names anyway) start linking to stories about Myers being threatened. Even Democratic Underground is skeptical.”

    ” I swung by a lefty site to see what’s going on in their strange worldview and found this:”

    How telling. Anyone can find more of these gems at this point if they choose to investigate further. Also, you do understand that comments on web- sites are often deleted if they are offensive so just because you, personally, did not see them, does not mean they were not posted. Just because they have not released them for public consumption, or you have not heard with your own ears the comments she has heard around school does not mean they have not happened. I think there is enough evidence that those vermin posted awful things about a young girl. By the way, I call out all those who make over-the-line comments, especially about kids. Comments about Palin’s kids are disgusting and I reject that kind of attack. I posted that Ed Shultz was wrong and out-of-bounds for his Laura Ingraham comments.

    “As to Bachmann screwing up Lexington and Concord… So what? It’s like mocking Barack Obama for 57 states, or signing “2008″ a couple days ago. It’s an easy cheap shot mocking a gaffe that isn’t representative of the person in their official capacity or what they accomplish for good or ill as a public servant. Cain referencing the Declaration and saying the Constitution instead doesn’t change that he’s referencing founding documents. Whoop-dee-do. You know what he meant.”

    Whoop-dee-do? You know what he meant? Here is where we split the blanket. Those comments, again, are made by a person who is speaking condescendingly to those who won’t “re-read the Constitution”, but clearly doesn’t understand the difference between the two documents! Really? This is all they reference! So I should trust them to legislate on my behalf? That’s like a cop arresting me for something that isn’t against the law! I don’t think so. Again, he PREPARED those remarks so he clearly doesn’t UNDERSTAND the documents and what they stand for, yet he wants to legislate using them as his guiding markers. Michele Bachmann has made so many ridiculous statements about basic facts of American history and uses those twisted facts to build her agenda, form policies, and sway her constituents. That is my objection to these people. If the foundation is cracked, the house eventually crumbles.

    Maybe you feel comfortable with these folks making life-altering decisions for you and your family, I do not. Her record on these matters is consistent and grows daily. Innocuous mistakes and flubs here and there are normal. Her lack of basic knowledge on these matters is not and it is scary IMHO. Especially when she is the one who lectures us daily about the founding and the Constitution and how we need to get back to that time for clarity. Problem is, her facts are wrong.You take offense to calling out Michele Bachmann (I know, one “l”, two “n’s”…did I get that right?). Let’s be real, there are numerous statements that she has made which are simply false and not run-of-mill mistakes. I reiterate, she claims to consider our forefathers and the founding documents the final word and what we need to focus on. Yet, she consistently screws that all up and many other things. She admitted it here on a recent TV interview for goodness sakes:

    “But Bachmann admitted that one thing she’ll have to work on if she becomes a candidate is discipline, since she hasn’t been “accurate” on everything she’s said.
    When presented with factual misstatements she’s made in the past, Bachmann said, “I think it’s important to have discipline in a message, that’s true.”
    “Have I been accurate on everything I’ve said – no, that’s not true. The fact is I read and I read a lot…it isn’t’ my job to go and fact-check sources that come out in publications,” she countered.
    But the possible presidential candidate pledged to do better.
    “When you’re in the presidential realm I do think that message discipline is required, and I think that is something – you know, all of us have areas that we need to do better and that’s certainly one that I will pay a lot of attention to,” Bachmann said.”
    Now, back to your comment:
    “ But what this poor innocent 16 year-old daughter of a Huffpo admin ( http://wyblog.us/blog/feminists/amy-myers-huffpo-stooge.html ) and agitator who’s not at all being used by her dad in any way to get attention for himself (/sarc) was subjected to by trolls was… basically what anyone with a youtube account sees in the comments every day – there was some degenerate crap tossed her way on a yahoo comments page that was all flagged and deleted.”

    So from what I see, you just throw away the, “degenerate crap tossed her way” like it’s nothing, ho-hum, and you have made a severe character judgment about her father (and his daughter by association) by insinuating that he has brainwashed his bright 16 year old daughter to be his mouthpiece and is an “agitator” and a liar. That is an opinion, and you are entitled to it, just as I am entitled to mine. However, I’d like to use your logic and see some hard facts. Where did you get this information in order to make this assertion about Wayne Myers and his daughter? Have you any “proof” other than they may both share similar political ideas? Are you making a huge “assumption” about him because he is an evil Huffington Post blogger? Just because they have not gone to their local police station yet that you know of, does that mean that anonymous internet posts aren’t cause for great concern as you send your kid out the door every day. I have friends and family who are cops and lawyers who have dealt with this stuff before and I worked for an internet company. I know that neighbors post things that you wouldn’t believe. We would trace them and you can’t believe the people who make “anonymous” threats. So just because there may be things going on behind the scenes, and you aren’t privy to it, doesn’t make it not true or not in the process of being investigated. I’ve been involved with them and the public would not be aware of them at all during the process. This could very well be the case here. I don’t know. Nor do you, either way.

    I saw the girl interviewed on Lawrence O’Donnell the other night and she does not strike me as a shrinking violet. Most children grow up adhering to parental views in the case of politics because it is what they are exposed to. It’s not much different than the Yankee fan family or the Giants fan family. However, are you saying that Amy Myers does not understand American history or the Constitution because of that? Where is that proof? Honestly, she sounds like she may know more than me which doesn’t thrill me. She has questioned Bachmann’s lack of historical and Constitutional knowledge, not her party affiliation. That just comes along with the territory.

    So, the only thing I agree with you is about my use of “emails”. I had read Wayne Myers quotes and made a mistake using that word. I am all about growth and learning and I need to be much more careful in the future. Thank you for that. However, my underlying message remains the same:

    1. Amy Myers is a young woman who takes issue with our politicians who on the one hand espouse reverence for our historical beginnings, lecture us ad nauseum about them, but make numerous and embarrassing mistakes of fact and SUBSTANCE about them on a fairly consistent basis.

    2. She wrote a letter to a public figure, a politician, who makes those mistakes consistently, and asked her to put her money where her mouth is.

    3. “ Trolls” made disgusting and menacing remarks to a 16 year-old using the internet. We cannot determine their political leanings since they don’t identify themselves on their nasty posts, but if Bush or Sarah gets bashed, we are sure to call them a “leftist”. She has also heard these disturbing things at school, but since we didn’t hear them, can’t be true.

    4. Just like the birthers, you need more “proof”. Screenshots, faxes, taped recordings, video, etc. to “prove” this happened because:

    • You think the dad is putting her up to it
    • You think the dad is lying
    • You think Amy Myers is lying
    • She is a puppet for his political views
    • Both the daughter and her father are making up the threats and comments she has heard and seen.

    *Also, please read and watch the clip about President Obama’s supposed 57 states gaffe, this explains that but you won’t find it on any right-wing website. For those of you who don’t get it, look up the words “contiguous United States”.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/57states.asp

    And for the date mishap, I’m willing to stake my life that he knows what year it is. There’s a big difference between screwing up the date (done it a million times-yes, even putting the wrong year down on a check), and not knowing that the “very founders who wrote these documents” did not work ”tirelessly” to end slavery until it was “no more in the United States”, or that we were “all treated the same” when immigrants came to America, or claiming that the “Constitution requires that we only provide the number of people who live in (our) household” as a reason to not fill out the 2010 census form completely, or the difference between our two greatest founding documents and what they say and stand for, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS THE BASIS OF ALL OF YOUR BELIEFS AND IDEOLOGIES.

    So we disagree. Thanks for responding. Only about 4 people actually read this thing so it’s fun to get a response from someone other than Uncle Brian and Grandma. Oh, and please let me know if I have more spelling errors. I hate that. 🙂

  4. ShortTimer says:

    *the only thing that gets me _a lot_

    I guess another thing is when I don’t have a preview button, I tend not to see things I’d like to correct in order to make easier to read. Oh well… 🙂

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