During a conference call with a tea party group, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Under Federal Investigation) claimed that Republicans shut down the government to stop Obama’s thug dictatorship.
Clip #1 via Right Wing Watch where Bachmann talks about Obama thuggery and dictatorship:
Bachmann said, “I think here we could be on the cusp of seeing some civil disobedience. I’m not saying I want civil disobedience, but people aren’t going to take the thuggery of this president much longer, and that’s part of what we’re trying to do as the people’s voice in the House of Representatives. Give voice to the fact that we see thuggery going on in the White House. We’re not going to take it, we’ve drawn a line in the sand, and we’re telling the president you need to recognize this isn’t just about Article II, the President of the United States. This is also about Article I, the Congress of the United States, and you’ve gotta recognize, you are a co-equal branch of government. You are not a dictator.”
Clip # 2 also via Right Wing Watch features Bachmann talking about the government shutdown:
Bachmann said, “This fight that we’re in right now is so much bigger than Obamacare. It’s bigger than the out of control debt. What this is about is whether or not we will hold to our constitutional republic, because Barack Obama has decided that he is going to arrogate power to himself, and that we don’t count with our voice in the House. It doesn’t matter that Republicans control. It doesn’t matter that conservatives dominate. Everything has to be his way. That’s why his policy is no negotiations. Well, that is not going to happen. We are going to insist that we are the two branches in the House and the Senate and the Congress, and the president, and we have a voice too. Because let me say this, otherwise, that means people will only take one vote, and that’s for president, and then congress will be rendered meaningless, and we’ll go on, and we’ll talk about more things, but I want the Tea Party to know they made a profound difference and what they’re fighting for is to see if we’re actually going to be a constitutional republic or if we’re going to be totally devolved into a dictatorship under somebody like Barack Obama.”
In the mind of Michele Bachmann, the government shutdown is really all about House Republicans taking a stand against President Obama’s thug dictatorship. Bachmann’s use of the verb arrogate was an attempt to question Obama’s legitimacy. This is no big surprise, because in the same conference call, Bachmann called for a House impeachment hearing against Obama.
This is all extremely ironic because Rep. Bachmann is under federal investigation by the Department of Justice for possiblly breaking at least 11 laws during the 2012 elections. The real criminal is Michele Bachmann, yet she continues to pretend that President Obama is a thug dicator who is violating the constitution.
Apparently, the stress of the criminal investigation has pushed Bachmann to a whole new level of crazy. The bad news for America is that lots of tea partiers feel the exact same way that she does. This is why the Democrats can’t negotiate with the House Republicans on the government shutdown and the debt ceiling. People like Bachmann don’t want a negotiation, they want the destruction of President Obama.
Democrats can’t negotiate with crazy, and tea partiers like Michele Bachmann are completely off the ideological deep end.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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