Here in Ireland we have to put up with lots of corrupt government, but who doesn’t? Our officials seem to be great when it comes to little brown envelopes being passed about, but no so good at making real positive change. Conversations about various political parties usually contain lots of eye rolling and long suffering signs of exhaustion. It is with this in mind that I do enjoy a good old fashioned laugh at some foreign parties, makes me feel less alone.
One of the best forms of entertainment right now is looking at the Republican candidates for the presidential election in the US of A. Scandal after scandal, proven lie after proven lie, it never gets old. The Democrats over there must be rubbing their hands together in glee. One candidate is Michele Bachmann, she is one of those tea party ones. Anyway, she has caught my eye as someone I hope truly fails in everything she does, after all, who’d have thought someone could make Sarah Palin seem sane?
This week Mrs Bachmann has done two things that I have taken particular notice of. Firstly she signed (along with fellow nominee Rick Santorum) a pledge that I can only describe as very Christian and very, well, conservative, and that is being polite! This pledge says a few interesting things which are anti-porn and of course anti-gay but it also includes this:
Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President
What the hell are these people on? Bob Vander Plaats the leader of The Family Value has subsequently deleted this offensive language, saying
After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued
Good lord! I think Rachel Maddow puts it best, calling the whole thing “cracked pottery”.
That’s not all. This made me smile. Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, runs Christian counseling clinics (I know). He has denied that they use so-called reparative therapy for gay people. The Advocate reports that in 2005 Mr Buchmann is quoted as saying
if someone is interested in talking to us about their homosexuality, we are open to talking about that. But if someone comes in a homosexual and they want to stay homosexual, I don’t have a problem with that.
However, now those clever people at Truth Wins Out have evidence to the contrary. Undercover gays, you gotta love it people, it rocks. John Becker took his hidden camera to five sessions with Bachmann & Associates counselor Timothy Wiertzema. Although Becker was not told he would be turned straight he was told that sexual conversion was a possibility through therapy and prayer.
Well done to them, as Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen puts it
It appears that the Bachmann family is trying to distance themselves from some of their more extreme beliefs in an attempt to appeal to mainstream Americans. We think it is important that voters have accurate information and we hope our investigation sheds some light on their genuine views.
Who could argue with that? The Bachmann’s should just stand up and say “we are anti-gay, anti-porn, anti-fun bigots, if you are too, vote for us!
Makes you think doesn’t it. Peeps out there actually vote for these idiots. Think about it, Buchmann is right up there with Romney as favourite to be a presidential nominee. Makes me feel slightly better about Irish politics, although not that much.