Monday, March 14, 2011

Michele Bachmann, Constitutional Scholar, Flunks History Again in NH Speech

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, the tea party darling who likes to refer to the Founding Fathers and professes a deep and abiding love of the U.S. Constitution, kicked off her as-yet-unofficial (in other words, Republican) 2012 presidential campaign in New Hampshire this weekend by exposing her abominable grasp of U.S. history.

Speaking at a school in Manchester, New Hampshire - with a nearby table laden with pocket-sized editions of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution - Bachmann waxed patriotic as she noted New Hampshire's special place in the founding of this nation.
"What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty," the potential GOP presidential candidate said. "You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history."
In fact, the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord that marked the first military engagements of the American Revolution took place in Massachusetts. But Bachmann did not correct her error when she referenced the battles again later in her speech.
"I'm thankful that you are the first in the nation state because you are the liberty state," Bachmann said. "That is your charge. You keep that baton of liberty. You've done it very well for almost 20 generations from the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and I'm sure the very first one came up to New Hampshire and said, ‘This is where I want to be.'"
Imagine loving your country so darned much that you can't retain the rudimentary facts about how, when, and where key events that forged it actually took place - things you were taught in elementary school. Today's self-declared "patriots," the ones who like to question the patriotism of President Obama, other Democrats, and liberals in general, don't need no fancy book-learnin' to tell them what's what with Amur'ca. They just feel it in their bones, or something.

That, of course, did not stop Bachmann from weighing in on what's wrong with American education.
"I don't think that our public schools are necessarily the place where one fixed set of political beliefs should be imposed on students," Bachmann said. "I think that knowledge, facts, and information should be on the table, and let students decide what their beliefs should be."
Sounds good to me, Congresswoman. Let's start with a refresher course in American history, shall we? I'll bring the third grade textbook.

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