Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Bachmann’s Slippery Lies

This video of Michele Bachmann on Good Morning America demonstrates how utterly dishonest she is. He gives her the chance to clear up her obviously false statement that “the founders that wrote those documents (the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.” At first she babbles irrelevantly about how this country allows us to change wrong things, as if that supported her claim.

And then she fell back on John Quincy Adams, who had nothing at all to do with the writing of those documents and was not a founding father at all. When Stephanopolous pointed that out, she then claims that he was “absolutely part of the revolutionary era.” He was 9 when the Declaration was written. And neither he nor his father was part of writing the Constitution.

But even if she was right about John Quincy Adams, it would not support her claim. When you make the claim that the founding fathers did X, the fact that you can find one founding father who did X does not support the contention that they all did — especially when you have so many counter-examples of founders who owned slaves.

She’s wrong. She knows she’s wrong. Everyone else knows she’s wrong. But she continues to defend it with red herrings and bullshit.