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Posted on June 27, 2011
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Michele Bachmann

The Republican’s primary race is shaping up to be at one and the same time, the most entertaining and terrifying political contest we’ve had on planet earth since the Moslem hordes surrounded Vienna. We’ve seen Donald Trump come and go in his funny clown car of a candidacy, but that doesn’t mean there’s not laughs-a-plenty to come, with Newt, Ron and Michelle standing by with their sacks of gaffes. Just yesterday, Michelle Bachman pushed her foot deeply into her mouth with this corker on emulating the spirit of John Wayne, the problem being which John Wayne she was referring to. Yet, she is being taken seriously, which should scare any reader who looks to America as being the most perfect expression of the Enlightenment ideals of a pluralistic, modern, humanist, secular democracy, given that she is  religious nut job, as the following article from The Beast points out

On Monday, Bachmann didn’t talk a lot about her religion. She didn’t have to—she knows how to signal it in ways that go right over secular heads. In criticizing Obama’s Libya policy, for example, she said, “We are the head and not the tail.” The phrase comes from Deuteronomy 28:13: “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail.” As Rachel Tabachnick has reported, it’s often used in theocratic circles to explain why Christians have an obligation to rule.
Indeed, no other candidate in the race is so completely a product of the evangelical right as Bachmann; she could easily become the Christian conservative alternative to the comparatively moderate Mormon Mitt Romney. “Michele Bachmann’s a complete package,” says Ralph Reed, the former Christian Coalition wunderkind who now runs the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “She’s got charisma, she’s got an authentic faith testimony, she’s a proven fighter for conservative values, and she’s well known.” She’s also great at raising money—in the 2010 cycle, she amassed a record-breaking $13.2 million in donations. (Bachmann’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment.)
Bachmann, who was born in Iowa, was in high school in Anoka, Minnesota, when she was swept up in the wave of evangelical Christianity then surging through the country. “People were coming to the Lord left and right,” she said in a recent speech. A pretty cheerleader, she was a member of student government and was elected to the homecoming court. But her family life was unsettled. Her parents divorced in 1970, and her father disappeared from her life and those of her three brothers. When she was in high school, her mother remarried, to a man with five children of his own. Working-class Democrats, the family went to a Lutheran church regularly, but it wasn’t until she was born again at 16, she has said, “that the Gospel finally made sense to me.”
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