Facts seem to confuse Michele Bachmann (R-MN). She routinely misquotes them or simply makes them up. Her most recent gaffe occurred today at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire. Greeting those assembled, she chirped, “What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.” Massachusetts may take exception to Michele’s account, though, since it lays claim to the “shot heard ’round the world” as well as the Revolutionary War battles at Lexington and Concord.
In January, Bachmann publicly misrepresented the of history of slavery in colonial America and our founding father’s roles in its abolition.
Bachmann made the journey to and settlement in colonial America seem like a bit of a “melting pot Carnival Cruise culminating in a rainbow coalition of unity, with all settlers holding hands, singing “Kumbaya”. Speaking then at an event in Iowa, Bachmann lauded the wayfaring adventurers as men and women of “different cultures, different backgrounds, different traditions,” noting that no matter the “color of their skin”, “language” or “economic status,” they had one thing in common–the pursuit of happiness. And by golly, “Once you got here,” sad she, “we were all the same…Isn’t that remarkable? It is absolutely remarkable!”
Clearly either in the dark about what actually happened or making a conscious choice to “sanitize” history to make it fit her own purpose, she ignored the fact that many of our nation’s founders were quite happy with slavery as an institution, even owning slaves–and that slavery was an irksome contradiction to the high-principled language of America’s founding documents they affirmed by signing. Instead, Palin said, “…we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States”. Well, that just isn’t the case, now is it?
Michele, my belle,
You and facts don’t go together well…
(Apologies to Lennon/McCartney)