Yep, Michelle Bachmann Inciting Revolution...The "Orderly" Kind
by Todd Beeton, Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:37:11 AM EDT
Over the weekend, Michelle Bachmann said the following on a rightwing radio show:
"I'm a foreign correspondent on enemy lines and I try to let everyone back here in Minnesota know exactly the nefarious activities that are taking place in Washington." [...]
"I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax, because we need to fight back," said Bachmann. "Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing. And the people - we the people - are going to have to fight back hard if we're not going to lose our country."
A spokesperson later clarified her remarks, calling her call to arms metaphorical. Bachmann has since gone back on the air -- with Hannity this time -- and repeated her line about being a "foreign correspondent" and her call for a revolution, but she provided a clarifier:
At this point the American people - it's like Thomas Jefferson said, a revolution every now and then is a good thing. We are at the point, Sean, of revolution. And by that, what I mean, an orderly revolution -- where the people of this country wake up get up and make a decision that this is not going to happen on their watch.
Helpful. There is such thing, of course, as an "orderly revolution," it's called an election, but she's not suggesting revolution by ballot here. Bachmann's language expresses an extreme urgency that is dangerous regardless of her stated intent. The language she uses is provocative and is clearly meant to be interpreted as a call for people to act now or else we'll lose our country as we know it. There is a line between "take our country back" rhetoric and dangerous incitement and I really do believe Bachmann has crossed it. Here's more (h/t Eric Kleefeld for transcribing):
We can never forget that the Founders were rebelling against a governmental authority that abused their taxation power. And that was the tyranny. That's exactly what's happening right now. And we have to -- we have to rise up and say, "No more. Not on my watch. No more."
As if this dangerous language weren't bad enough, Bachmann is -- shocker! -- just blatantly making shit up to make her point. Take a look at this lunacy:
"If Tim Geithner is successful under President Obama, and they move us to an international currency," Bachmann warned, "Then we have no hope of standing on our own as a sovereign nation with our own economic system. It's over. We can't do that."
WTF? The Minneapolis Star Tribune debunks Bachmann:
Bachmann, R-Minn., grilled the Treasury secretary and the Federal Reserve chief about it at a hearing Tuesday but apparently was unsatisfied with their categorical rejections of the notion. So on Wednesday, she followed up with a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment barring the dollar from being replaced by any foreign currency.
To be sure, the Chinese are not calling for the U.S. to adopt a new global currency. Rather, as the largest creditor to the U.S., China wants the International Monetary Fund to explore a new international reserve currency as a basis for international trade and financial transactions. Financial experts say China's request reflects its growing unease with the troubled American economy and the inflationary risk of the U.S. government's growing deficits.
During the hearing Tuesday, in response to questions from Bachmann, both Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said they oppose the idea. President Obama was also quoted in today's early editions of the Taipei Times saying "I don't believe there is a need for a global currency."
The DNC's response, while true, doesn't acknowledge the seriousness of what Bachmann is doing here:
"I think I'll pass. Michele Bachmann's rants serve to discredit her more than anything I could say."
It actually doesn't matter how crazy and dishonest she is, people believe her and as long as she's given a platform on rightwing radio, she will be given credence by certain elements of the electorate. Granted, an extreme minority of the population, but a potentially dangerous one. Conservatives see this as a war for their country and Democrats as the enemy. This is what we're dealing with.
Listen to the whole thing below: