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Did She Read It?

Posted in Uncategorized by m.snowe on August 15, 2011

Source: New Yorker

M.Snowe has a quiz for you all! You should definitely check out Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker piece on Michele Bachmann. The journalism is great, the conclusions are scary. If you were in any doubt about how insane some of her views are, please go read the piece to solidify your opinion. Also, Slate’s Double X Gabfest had some fun discussion about it and the Newsweek cover on their weekly podcast.

Lizza’s piece highlights a lot of the published works that either helped solidify Bachmann’s own political ideology, or works that she holds up as examples of said ideology (during speeches or on her campaign websites).

Below are a list of book titles or articles that Bachmann espouses mixed in with ones I made up. Obviously, a good quick google will give you the answers, but let’s be honest, that isn’t really what this is about, is it?

DID SHE READ IT?

1. –The Homosexual Revolution: End Time Abomination

2. —Taxes and Tea: Drowning in Liberal Swill

3. —Public School, Pubic Hair: How Mandatory Sex Ed. Destroys Childhood

4. —Atheism, Socialism, Legal Marijuana and The Beach Boys

5. –Communism, Hypnotism and The Beatles

6. –Biography of Robert E. Lee by J. Steven Wilkins

7. —Broadway and Glee: Counter-Culture Jihadis

8. –Christianity and the Constitution, by John Eidsmoe

9. —Dominionism: A Practical Guide (Though Technically You Won’t Need That as a God-Appointed Ruler of Earth)

10 —Everybody Poops…But Ronald Reagan

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Real Bachmann-endorsed books: #’s 1, 5, 6, & 8

Fake stuff Bachmann would almost certainly endorse anyway: # 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10

Notes on the less-interesting/provocative-sounding titles:

In the Wilkins book,  he claims “most southerners strove to treat their slaves with respect and provide them with a sufficiency of goods for a comfortable, though–by modern standards–spare existence.”

In the Eidsmoe book, the text claims that the founders (John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and John Adams) “expressed their abhorrence for the institution of slavery,” as “many Christians did,”  but they didn’t free their slaves because of their inherent “Christian benevolence.” He goes on to explain it would’ve been hard economically and socially for the slaves to be free at that time, so freeing them would’ve been “inhumane and irresponsible.”