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Great Article About Michele Bachmann — New Yorker

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The New Yorker has published a thorough piece about Michele Bachmann, a MUST READ:

Leap Of Faith
The making of a Republican front-runner.
by Ryan Lizza
August 15, 2011

Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians. Her campaign is going to be a conversation about a set of beliefs more extreme than those of any American politician of her stature, including Sarah Palin, to whom she is inevitably compared. Bachmann said in 2004 that being gay is “personal enslavement,” and that, if same-sex marriage were legalized, “little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and that perhaps they should try it.” Speaking about gay-rights activists, that same year, she said, “It is our children that is the prize for this community.” She believes that evolution is a theory that has “never been proven,” and that intelligent design should be taught in schools.

Or these gems, with my emphasis:

While looking over Bachmann’s State Senate campaign Web site, I stumbled upon a list of book recommendations. The third book on the list [...] is a 1997 biography of Robert E. Lee by J. Steven Wilkins.

Wilkins is the leading proponent of the theory that the South was an orthodox Christian nation unjustly attacked by the godless North. This revisionist take on the Civil War, known as the “theological war” thesis, had little resonance outside a small group of Southern historians until the mid-twentieth century, when [Rousas John] Rushdoony and others began to popularize it in evangelical circles. In the book, Wilkins condemns “the radical abolitionists of New England” and writes that “most southerners strove to treat their slaves with respect and provide them with a sufficiency of goods for a comfortable, though—by modern standards—spare existence.”

African slaves brought to America, he argues, were essentially lucky: “Africa, like any other pagan country, was permeated by the cruelty and barbarism typical of unbelieving cultures.” Echoing Eidsmoe, Wilkins also approvingly cites Lee’s insistence that abolition could not come until “the sanctifying effects of Christianity” had time “to work in the black race and fit its people for freedom.”

In his chapter on race relations in the antebellum South, Wilkins writes:

Slavery, as it operated in the pervasively Christian society which was the old South, was not an adversarial relationship founded upon racial animosity. In fact, it bred on the whole, not contempt, but, over time, mutual respect. This produced a mutual esteem of the sort that always results when men give themselves to a common cause. The credit for this startling reality must go to the Christian faith. . . . The unity and companionship that existed between the races in the South prior to the war was the fruit of a common faith.

Riiiiight.  Slaves were lucky to be enslaved by such good and righteous people who helped them (the slaves) break out of the cruel and barbaric non-enslaved lives they were leading in Africa.

BTW, many Africans who were enslaved practiced Islam as their primary religion.  I guess these authors — and the candidates who love them — consider Islam to be cruel and barbaric.

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Oliphant: Sarah Palin, Surveyor


From Oliphant, printed in the Washington Post, January 20 2011:

Oliphant Jan 20 2011 -- Sarah Palin Hunts John Boehner

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Palin: Blood Libel


Sarah Palin, unable to learn the problem of inciting political rhetoric, raises the ante to inciting religious rhetoric:  Sarah Palin Accuses Media of “Blood Libel” after Tucson Shooting

No amount of lipstick can cover this pig.

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Hero intern may have saved Giffords’ life


And now a word about people who made a difference with their bravery, knowledge, and care for the fellows.

Hero intern may have saved Giffords’ life

A calm and composed congressional intern who underwent basic nursing training while in high school said Monday that he knew that if U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was to have any chance of surviving her gunshot wound, he would have to stem the flow of blood coming from her head.

“I could tell she had a very severe gunshot but I was just trying do my best until emergency medical services could arrive,” Daniel Hernandez, 20, told TODAY’s Matt Lauer via satellite.

That is, contrasted with the people who use rhetoric or pictures or cartoons to score political points.

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Sarah Palin’s New Lipstick


Palin Aide: Symbols Weren’t Rifle Sights, but Surveyor’s Marks

Palin actually said that?  Yep, according to The Atlantic:

What???  Really???

I don’t blame Sarah Palin for the tragic shooting in Tuscon, AZ.

I do blame Sarah Palin for her rhetoric that uses guns and shootin’ metaphors.  I blame Sarah Palin for raising the temperature of the political debate without shedding any more light.  I blame Sarah Palin for pretending that her rifle targets are merely surveyor’s maps.

Thus, Sarah Palin needs to label her rhetoric honestly:

Sarah Palin's New Lipstick

Sarah Palin's New Lipstick

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