Thursday, October 01, 2009

Interpretive reading

It's time. We've sat by long enough, just hoping that it would go away. Obviously, it hasn't, and, well, we would be remiss if we didn't discuss it. After all, isn't that what blogs are for? Discussing into the ether?

See, the problem with this is that we really did hope that if we just hid for long enough, the situation would get resolved. Chalk it up to a reluctance to admit that other residents of our state voted her into office, but we just kept hoping that, if given enough time, Rep. Michele Bachmann would stop the crazy.

Yeah, obviously that isn't going to happen. In fact, she's decided to now focus on part of the proposed health care initiative. See, there has been research that the healthier students are, the better they do in school. So it would seem to logically follow that maybe it would be a good idea to get some sort of clinic-style care into the schools. In fact, the bill that is suggesting this even has language regarding patient rights, and the need for parental consent.

But not if your Rep. Bachmann. She doesn't see the clinics as a way for students to stave off the flu and possibly get treated for other potentially serious illnesses. Oh, no. The clinics are obviously going to be run by Planned Parenthood, be in place to give teenage girls abortions, and will probably even be giving advice on the best positions for a still-developing teenager to have sex in. Even worse, the entire thing will be done without the parents even knowing about it.

This is dangerous, and it's far from the most dangerous thing that Bachmann has done while in office. However, she has been given free reign to speak in whatever way she chooses. She is casting herself as a liability to the GOP, but every attempt to calm her crazy is only met with people even more convinced that what she's saying is correct. And yet, each time, her "concerns" about what is going to be done are met with the facts proving that she's simply fear-mongering, in a time when the American public is ready to move away from fear.

This woman has a terrifying lack of information. She is also one of the squeekiest wheels in Washington, and continues to be given a podium. If Nero fiddles while Rome burned, we just have to wonder what instrument Bachmann would play while she lights the matches.

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