Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Craziest Republican of the Day: Michele Bachmann (again)

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Yes, it's Rep. Bachmann (MN), yet again -- for our previous posts on this craziest of the crazy, see here, here, here, and here -- this time for suggesting that the Serve America Act (which, if signed into law, would expand AmericaCorps) would...

Well, no summary would do the craziness justice. Here she is:

I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.

That's right: "re-education camps for young people." You know, like in Cambodia.

Honestly, I don't have much to say in response to such ridiculousness. But I think Andrew Sullivan is quite right to link such fearmongering rhetoric to the Pittsburgh shootings: "The only person responsible for these murders is Poplawski. But it's a reminder that whipping up paranoia can lead to unintended consequences, especially as gun sales go through the roof in the wake of Obama's election. When someone like Michele Bachmann talks about the Obama administration forcing people into re-education camps, or forcing a global currency on the US, and other insanities, she needs to know the tinder box she is busy throwing matches into."

The American right is whipping up its hate-filled mob. It's Bachmann, but it's also Coulter and Malkin and Dear Leader Rush and all the rest. They must be held accountable. For as crazy as they may be, they have blood on their hands.

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