When I think of the many Tea Baggers I would like to see lose the election this year, Michele Bachmann has to be at the top of the list. It is bizarre how much Bachmann and Anita Bryant have in common and is a sad commentary on how far backwards our culture has gone. Bryant and her bellicose band of bigots prevailed in the 1977 vote to discriminate against the LGBT community and make it illegal for us to adopt children. Bryant formed her ironically named organization, Save Our Children, along with the late Jerry Falwell (Falwell blamed “the gays and the women’s movement for 9/11). Bryant belonged to Northwest Baptist Church: she and this congregation were fighting both school desegregation and fighting against gays and lesbians, lest they be given the same rights as those minorities her confederates failed to keep out of their schools. By 1980, it was clear the Orange Juice Queen was on the wrong side of history and both her career and voice died. So what was her legacy?
Fast forward to the mid-term elections of 2010. That ball of crazy ranting against gays and immigration, is that Anita Bryant? No, that is Michele Bachmann. Yes, here is Bryant’s legacy. Bachmann is evidence that Americans do not know history, thus we are repeating some very ugly bits. In 1977, Bryant said:
As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children.
In 2004, an amazingly similar and illiterate reproduction called Michele Bachmann said:
Little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and perhaps they should try it.
Bachmann has gone further than Bryant and has reported that she is:
chosen by God to become a politician who will restore faith and family values to public life and do battle with secular humanism.
Am I the only one terrified by this statement? Are we really going to turn over our government to a person that hears the voice of god telling them to become president? Is this a theocracy?
I encourage all of our brothers and sisters in Minnesota to think about what is best for their state and what is best for the country. When Michele Bachmann said: “the Blacks came here for the freedom,” I would hope this sets off a great alarm about how ignorant Bachmann is and has no sense of history. If Minnesotans want another millionaire, racist, homophobic bigot to represent them, then you have your candidate, but if you are wanting social justice and a representative that has everyone’s best interest at heart, I strongly encourage you to vote for Jim Graves.