Michele Bachmannn has outdone herself and, it appears everyone else, in her effort to avoid four years in the White House. While some politicians prepare plans for the future economy, and outline views on global issues, Rep. Bachmannn is remaining in a comfortable groove wherein she mandates righteousness and proposes a broad range of restrictions of personal liberties and rights, based on her personal views of morality and scruples.
Michele Bachmannn has revealed a plan to protect our military personnel from “intrusive commingling” and unwanted attention from “attracteds.” She clearly envisions a present and painful element in the military in which poor soldiers are pursued and wooed by vigilant gays. This is only the beginning.
Michele Bachmann, young and attractive, was born April 6, 1956, in Waterloo, Iowa, and moved to the state of Minnesota as a child. A Tea Party advocate, and now state representative from Minnesota, Bachmann has announced a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. She is currently campaigning in the state of her birth, Iowa, and has been enthusiastic in supporting and signing a marriage pledge promoted by The Family Leader, a conservative Iowa group that promotes Christian conservative social values, and which is asking all presidential candidates to sign the pledge in support of traditional marriage.
Bob Vander Plaats, author of the pledge, and CEO of Family Leader, wields such power in Iowa that it is understood by most that neither Michele Bachmannn nor any other politician has a hope of victory in the coming presidential election without his help. Vander Plaats has made failed runs for the Iowa governorship, and is a leader of the Iowa hard-right-wing evangelicals. He proved his power with an ouster of no fewer than three Supreme Court justices, all of whom gave the nod to same-sex marriage. Vander Plaats served as Iowa state chair of Mike Huckabee’s 2008 run for the presidency. In view of the power and authority vested in Bob Vander Plaats, who has sworn an oath not to endorse any candidate failing to sign the pledge, Rep. Bachmannn was quick to affix her signature. The full title of Vander Plaats’ pledge is “The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence upon MARRIAGE and FAMiLY” (emphasis original). As a member of the extreme religious right, Vander Plaats, the author chooses to use the lower case “i” in the word family, to indicate that the individual in society should be subservient to the larger group.
As a willing signer to Vander Plaat’s pledge, Michele Bachmann agrees to abide by the document one of the premises of which pertains to race and slavery. Simply stated,the pledge affirms that a child born in slavery was more likely to have been raised in a two parent household than an “African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American president.” How she ties the president to the commonality of single parent homes in the black population is anyone’s guess. It continues: she must insist that homosexuality, much addressed in her current platform, is curable. She takes exception to the belief of some that “non-heterosexual inclinations” are innate and irreversible. Other targets of the Bachmann agreement include gay marriage, abortion, and quickie divorce. One might take the position that with Michele Bachmannn making our decisions for us, we have nothing to fear.
The marriage vow pledge which Rep. Bachmannn signed seems in some ways contradictory. It demands rejection of Sharia Islam, but would staunchly support new regulation for fidelity to one’s spouse, and respect for the marriage bonds of others. An interpretation then is that the pledge might enforce some strong punishment for moral turpitude, which is precisely the sort of thing students around the world are fighting and dying to oppose. We recognize that ancient societies mixed legal and moral considerations into their legislations; many in the world are trying to end the stoning and hanging of promiscuous citizens, while evangelical candidates right here in the United States are moving gradually but surely in the direction of government enforcement of religious principles.
As to the earlier mentioned protection of service personnel (the Vander Plaats pledge does use the word “attracteds” and suggests the unwanted harassment may take place in restrooms, showers, barracks, tents, and so on), we find constraints for women serving in foreign countries, because they could become subject to torture, enslavement, or sexual leveraging.
Lastly, the pledge in question specifically mentions a “Fierce defense of the First Amendment’s rights of Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech” in anticipation of unstated agencies that might “undermine law-abiding American citizens and institutions of faith and conscience for their adherence to, and defense of, faithful heterosexual monogamy.”
In a nation that advocates a clean separation of church and state, Bachmannn again and again seems to be running for the position of the Creator’s representative on Earth. This, she doesn’t seem to recognize, goes back to ancient times in societies that became cruel, even barbaric, and failed. The young lady should probably dedicate herself more to the conventional legal attributes of the office, and leave the legislation of morality to the church goers and those entrenched in the pulpit.Powered by Sidelines