Michele Bachmann, the crazy-eyed Representative of the poor saps in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, has been all over right-wing media and on the floor of the House, giving voice to the disjointed thoughts in her head and stating that the U.S. Census is a secret plot to send Republicans to internment camps.
This level of paranoid lunacy is the norm for “The Party of No” these days as they continue to bring absolutely nothing to the table of public discourse. Normal people might actually categorize Bachmann’s Bizzarro worldview as comical and hope that, as a paranoiac, she is mercifully committed to an institution where she could get the appropriate professional help. The fact that she is allowed and sanctioned by fellow Republicans to continue espousing these delusional conspiracy theories on the floor of the People’s House as well as on her frequent appearances on Corporate America’s Propaganda outlet, Fox News, is what makes this exercise of her First Amendment Rights so dangerous.
The funny thing about “rights” is that they also carry responsibilities.
“Responsibilities” are a burden Republicans only purport when they are, for example, attempting to shame the poor into pulling themselves up by their bootstraps by marrying a beer heiress or denying school lunches to the children of welfare recipients, but responsibilities don’t apply when Republicans are spewing untrue rhetoric that has the potential to inspire the next Timothy McVeigh or James Earl Ray.
Bachmann’s functionally illiterate supporters don’t possess the critical thinking skills to assess the fact that Bachmann is, plain and simply, NUTS. They don’t understand why someone in the Congress would so outrageously flat-out lie to them about such a heinous plot so naturally some are duped into believing their lives are literally in danger when a Census worker shows up on their doorstep. As normal Americans (non-Republicans) listened to Bachmann’s disturbing theories about who was out to “get” her, it only stood to reason that it was a matter of time before her irresponsible words resulted in violence.
Many CONservative pundits echoed Bachmann’s paranoia about the Census. Radio host Neal Boortz told a caller, “Most of the rest of the Census information is designed to help the government steal from you in order to pass off your property to the moochers. They’re looters.” Like Bachmann, Boortz urged his listeners to resist the Census workers. “If somebody comes to my — if a burglar came to your house, are you going to show him where the silverware is?” he asked. “Maybe you will if he pulls out a gun.”
As expected, members of the so-called “Party of Personal Responsibility” are taking absolutely no responsibility for their words or their actions.
The OTHER crazy-eyed freak Michele Malkin sarcastically railed on her blog,
“I killed the Kentucky Census worker — along with every conservative in America..” (sorry – no link. Linking to Malkin’s site would be akin to knowingly spreading a communicable disease. )
Her brain-dead readers were outraged that liberals would expect public officials to exercise responsibility in regard to what they disseminate through media.
As the facts continue to roll in about the murder of Bill Sparkman, the 51 year-old father of two who worked as a Census worker to supplement his teacher’s salary, it is becoming clearer that his death was a result of the wave of anti-government sentiment Republicans have been whipping up in an attempt to de-legitimize the uppity African American President in a desperate attempt to again wrap their boney fingers around the neck of power. They can’t do it alone, though. Despite reality and fact, they need to convince Americans that they are on their side. In truth, their policies are anathema to the middle class, hence the decline in middle class standard of living every time Republican policies are implemented. They are left with nothing but the appeal to the darkest aspects of the human condition. Republicans count on division. In fact, they cultivate it in order to gain power.
In Rwanda, talk radio hosts inspired an actual genocide. If those lessons teach us anything, it is that words have the power to kill.
How many more victims of Republican right-wing lies will there be?
People of Minnesota’s 6th District – please elect a representative who can represent you in the real world, not some dark place inhabited by the monsters in her head.
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