Representative Michele Bachmann allowed her mouth to run away with her good sense this last weekend. On Chris Matthews’ MSNBC show Hardball this past Friday, Rep. Bachmann called on the fourth estate to investigate members of Congress for “anti-American views.”
Let that sink in for a minute. Now wiki Joe McCarthy or McCarthy era if you’re not already familiar. Go ahead, we’ll wait for you.
…… lalalallalalalalaaaaaalalalaaaaa…oh! Hi! Back? Scared? Yeah, me, too.
This is the reason it is so very dangerous for Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin to NOT correct their supporters… hell, why it’s dangerous for Sen. McCain to not correct his RUNNING MATE!…. when shouts of “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” and “Who is he really? are heard at his rallies. When the anonymous members of crowds feel safe to say such things in public without reprisal, it escalates. People feel comfortable asserting such things, even when they’re either not true or wildly dangerous.
A United States Representative actually endorsing a return to a time in which people were jailed, ruined publicly, forced to move their entire lives…not by a burden of proof, but rumor, innuendo and guilt by association.
Rep. Bachmann’s irresponsible comments both terrified and angered me more than I can say. How DARE this woman define what is and is not American with such a narrow scope? How dare she imply that anyone supporting Sen. Obama is un-American? I am embarrassed. I am saddened. I am shamed that anyone with such ignorance of one of the darkest chapters of our political history has been elected to represent a constituency in our national government. And I am deeply worried for my country; a place I love so much that I dedicated four years of my life to defending it so that we can all exercise our rights.
There is no place… no city, no town, no burg… “less American” than any other place. We ALL love our country. We are all proud of our country. We all want a better place for our children. To imply otherwise is no more than reinforcing the trench that was dug 8 years ago and has not been healed since.
I strongly encourage everyone reading to sign the petition to censure Rep. Bachmann.