As you know, our own Minnesota Congressman Michele Bachmann is officially running for president. I wonder what it would be like to have the President of the United States of America, like when she goes home to visit her family for Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July or whatever, and all these limos and choppers are driving all over the place in Stillwater! Maybe they better upgrade that liftbridge after all!
Anyway, in celebration of having one of our own ready, willing and on the way to possibly becoming the Leader of the Free World and all, I’m reposting a selection of the well over 100 items already posted on this blog about Michele Bachmann. Here’s the second installment:
Michele Bachmann: YOU LIE!!!!
Courtesy of the DNC via DMB
Michele Bachmann has done almost nothing as a congressperson
Reporters and bloggers rightfully enjoy feeding off of Michel Bachmann’s frequent outrageous remarks, but few have made note of the real problem she poses for the people living in her district.
The word needs to get out in Michele Bachmann’s congressional district that she is screwing the people she supposedly represents. Her stated philosophy is to do as little as possible in congress, and she does not believe in the use of Federal Money for … things. So it should not be a surprise to her constituents that she has been personally responsible for almost no positive action that has helped her district.
She does seem very good a shooting off her mouth, making embarrassing statements that draw national attention, and taking credit where credit is most definitely not due. The most recent example of this occurred just the other day for the ribbon cutting ceremony on a new bridge that was built over the Mississippi River near Saint Cloud. This bridge replaces one that was deemed unsafe about seven years ago. Over the last few years, various individuals and groups have worked hard to get the funding for the replacement bridge, and to see the process through, including State Senator Tarryl Clark, who recently wrote a letter pointing out Bachmann’s shortcomings in this area.
Yesterday, we held a celebration of the opening of the new bridge, the “Granite City Crossing.”
Gathered there were the partners who made it possible – my State colleagues who helped find the funding within our newly-passed transportation funds; the construction workers who labored every day on the bridge; the local businesses who are hoping the traffic flowing once again past their stores will bring more customers.
And Michele Bachmann.
Who showed up to “cut the ribbon,” after doing nothing to secure any funding for this critically important transportation investment.
The reason this bridge was built is interesting, and not unconnected to Bachmann in a sort of sick and demented way. You see, we had a Republican Governor in this state who had very screwy priorities which led, indirectly, to a poor inspection system for our bridges. One can argue until the cows come home whether or not a specific Pawlenty Policy was responsible for the collapse of the I-35W bridge (the bridge that carries Gods Highway over the Mississippi River) but the fact remains that a suddenly “stepped up” (i.e., brought to normal levels) inspection program of all the state’s bridges caused quite a bit of last second repair, and a few key bridges to be closed. This bridge …. the Highway 23 bridge over the Mississippi … was, it would seem, so close to falling into the river for the same reason (gusset plate failure) as the I-35W bridge fell that it was quickly closed.
That’s when everybody … except Michele Bachmann … went to work to do everything that needed to be done to get a new bridge in place. (A possible explanation for Michele Bachmann’s reasoning, or lack thereof, is here.)
Normally the federal congressperson is on the front lines representing her district in the scramble for limited federal highway funds. But this particular congressperson does not believe that such funds should be raised through taxes or spent on … things. This is apparently the reason that Michele Bachmann did not help at all in raising the money for this important replacement bridge.
But she did manage to show up for the ribbon cutting ceremony.
I am the angry left
“I Am The Angry Left.” — T-Shirt seen at demonstration outside RNC, September 2, 2008. * A criminal trial against Eight American Patriots is about to start in Saint Paul. These eight patriots armed themselves with information and guts and planned to attack dogma and repressive politics at the Republican National Convention. They were arrested, treated like animals, and pressed with trumped up charges, including an accusation of terrorism under a Minnesota state law that mirrors the oppressive Bush Anti-Patriot Act.
The right to free speech, the right to assemble, the right to bear arms, and the right to due process are fundamental tenets of the American System of Democracy. The Original American Patriots carried out civil disobedience that culminated in the design and ratification of the Constitution that guarantees these rights. Please understand the connection. The original American Patriots knew what they had to do, they did it, then they built a system that would allow future generations a means to do the same thing if necessary. They made the American system one open to self-criticism and progressive change.
The Bush Anti-Patriot Act and its paper minions across the states is nothing less than the undoing of the fundamentals of American freedom. Ironically, this has been done with the collusion of the poorly educated Libertarian and Rightist supporters of the conservative movement, who really, honestly, are primarily concerned with clinging to their guns and their religion, both protected by this same constitution they unwittingly dismantle. The right wing can be very smart about manipulating the preformed fodder for fascism that makes up the vast legions of Joe Six Packs.
And make no mistake: The Bush Anti-Patriot Act and its paper minions is the culmination of decades of effort by the Right Wing to create laws that allow an oppressive government to arbitrarily arrest, charge, jail, bug, and otherwise harass anyone who shows an iota of disagreement.
Thanks to this new approach to repression of Democracy in America, anyone who demonstrates even the intention of publicly disagreeing with the policies of the government can be arrested, charged, and possibly convicted of crimes against the state, and serve many years incarcerated. For attempting to express their opinion.
I am the angry left who knows some of these children. The so called Anarchists and the RNC Welcoming Committee are ragged tips of a vast, ill defined but potent iceberg of dissatisfaction and questioning among primarily younger people in the Twin Cities. In many cases there is a continuity between 60s activists (mom and dad) and people now in their 20s or 30s, often the organizers or facilitators. These are people who have carried a torch of modest and questioning radicalism, of the kind expressed by the likes of Patrick Henry or Benjamin Franklin. But the bulk of this thing that can barely be called a movement (it is more of an ’emergence’) consists of kids who went from the suburbs to college and found out that everybody has been doin’ it wrong for long enough that we’ve almost done ourselves in. And now these kids feel that things need to change. They are smart, they are motivated, and they are going to save us from ourselves.
I sat recently for coffee with a dear friend who told me of one young man who is the gentlest person she has ever known, who is so dedicated to a peaceful sustainable world that every step in his life is a conscious effort to make less of an impact on the environment. This young man is one of the Saint Paul Eight and has a reasonably good chance of spending five to ten years in prison, accused of planning civil disruption at the Republican National Convention.
There were already laws in place prohibiting certain kinds of unpermitted assembly, damage to property, threats to individuals, or bodily harm. But these patriots … the Saint Paul Eight … are being charged with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism under the new, extraordinarily repressive Bush laws.
Conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism.
This is what demonstrating is called now. No. This is what planning to demonstrate is called now. Roll that around in your head for a few minutes, and if this does not send chills down your spine then perhaps you should have your conscience checked.
This is the outcome of about 40 years of consistent implementation of a not too secret right wing conspiracy congealed during eight years of the most oppressive and anti-American, anti-Freedom, anti-Democracy presidency we have ever experienced. There is a reason why so many people on the left, and in the center, and even on the centrist side of the right, are saying that this is the most important election in our life time.
This is the most important election in our life time.
It is a matter of survival of our way of life, of our basic values, of our democratic system, not to mention several important elements of that system such as education, affordable health care, social security, and a reasonable degree of peace among nations.
Listen to me:
There are too many close calls for you or me to be comfortable. There are only two weeks left. You must now abandon other activities, put down the rake, turn off the TV, cancel the trip to the cabin, forget about organizing your stamp collection for a while!
Find a Democrat running for office. Give this Democrat fifty bucks … a cheap price to save your ass from another four years of creeping oppression. Volunteer to work for the candidate. Phone bank, door knock, clean the damn kitchen in the campaign office while other people are phone banking. Whatever, just do something!
Where I live, we have the possibility of sending the first ever Democrat to the House of Representatives from this Republican-gerrymandered district. Aswin Madia‘s campaign is doing well for a guy who’s never run for office before, but the two front runners, Madia and a Republican named Paulson, are in a statistical dead heat. We need to get out the effort over the few remaining days to support Madia.
I’ve been working for Madia, but even more important here in Minnesota may be the election of Al Franken to the Senate seat vacated by Paul Wellstone and now held by one of the lowest of the low … Republican Norm Coleman. You must understand that if the Democrats do not hold 60 seats in the Senate, there will be no Obama. He might as well not even be there. All it will take is one Republican Senator to shut down any legislative action with a filibuster. You need to work to give the Democrats a filibuster proof majority in the Senate and a majority in the House.
The last time this happened, a lot of good things came of it, and every time the Republicans have had control over the last few decades, only bad things have happened.
Do not listen to those who tell you that it is best to have one party in charge in the house and one in charge of the senate, or one party running the legislature an one in the White House, or some other cockamamie idiocy. The same person who tells you that will also tell you “Oh, the politicians in Washington, they never get anything done.” Well. Duh.
Do not be swayed by those who claim that the left and the right are somehow symmetrical. Nothing could be farther than the truth.
And of course, Obama.
Voter, Citizen, Democrat: Don’t! Fuck! This! Up!
Obama is leading in the polls, but you must remember to vote! Obama is leading in the polls but do not be surprised at the October Surprise. He’s leading in the polls, but Al Gore actually won the election, and he did not get to be president! So don’t fuck it up, people. Watch. Work. Vote. Do not slack off in what looks like a pretty easy run to the finish in the presidential race.
You probably don’t live in my district, and you probably don’t live in my state. Find out what senate or congressional races need the help right now. I can tell you that the Franken – Colemen contest is among the most important going right now in the country, and I and everyone else in Minnesota would very much appreciate a donation to that (Franken, not Coleman!) campaign. You could look at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee web site for other ideas.
Finally, you can SUPPORT THE RNC 8 here, at this web site.
OK, everybody, make a fist. Everybody put your fists together in a big pile in the middle of the circle. OK, ready?
We’re goin’ in ,and we’re not coming up for air until we have VICTORY!
That is all.
That’s all for now! Have a nice day!