Michele Bachmann Gets Both Bible and Constitution Wrong in Her Final Speech

We saw Rick Perry misuse scripture the other day to justify Republican mistreatment of the poor. But a passing mention by Jesus in Mark 14:7 that “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always” does not make Jesus’ exaltation of the poor and condemnation of the rich magically go away.

We can debate whether or not Perry actually read the Bible or not, and if he did, whether he understood Jesus’ words, or whether he just flat out lied about what Jesus said. What matters is that whatever the reason, Perry has exposed himself as the fake Christian he is. You can’t follow Jesus if you don’t do what Jesus told you to do.

Then there is Michele Bachmann (R-MN), going out with the same display of ignorance she showed when she come into the House by saying that the Speaker of the House is under the authority of Moses, something that comes up neither in the Bible nor in the Constitution. Moses of all people!

Check it out. Seeing is believing:

How does THAT work exactly, you ask? Who knows? I know it’s not in the United States Constitution. What I DO know is that American democracy is founded upon the principle that political power derives from the authority of the people, which means that the guy the speaker actually works for is us – the American people. Not some guy thousands of years dead if he ever even existed.

Moses has already become a Founding Father, somehow, and now he has authority over the U.S. House of Representatives. Is he alive suddenly too, after thousands of years? Or is he somehow indistinguishable from YHWH?

She told her fellow shills, “we would hold the power of the purse, we would hold the nation’s credit card, and it would be up to us to decide what we spent money on, and what we didn’t.”

That’s scary as hell. But what does it have to do with Moses?

“We are the lawgivers, because the people of this country have given us the privilege of the election certificate to make the laws. We must never forget that it is by the consent of the governed that we rule and we decide our laws.”

From the sounds of it, Moses was some kind of banker, and that’s maybe why an angry Pharaoh chased him into the Red Sea. If Moses did to Egypt what our bankers did to us in 2008, I can’t say I blame Ramesses. (Not that Ramesses was actually Pharaoh at the time all this was going down – humorous explanation here .)

And as I look about this chamber, we are ringed with the silhouettes of lawgivers throughout history. And yet only one lawgiver has the distinction of not having a silhouette, but having the full face be revealed by the artist. That lawgiver is Moses. Moses is directly above the double doors that lead into the centermost part of this chamber, and in the face of Moses, his eyes look straight upon not only our nation’s motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ but Moses’ face looks full on into the face of the Speaker of the House. Daily, the Speaker of the House as he stands up in his authority and in his podium recognizes that he is a man under authority, just as Moses was a man under authority.

Because you see, Mr. Speaker, Moses is given for the full honor of the greatest lawgiver in this chamber, because he was chosen by the God that we trust to be entrusted with the basis of all law. The ‘basis of all law’ as was written by Blackstone, the famous English jurist, was the Ten Commandments, that were given by none other than the God we trust on Mount Sinai.

How is it that the Ten Commandments are the basis for all law when they are not the oldest law code in human history? How can they be the basis for all law when the Egyptians, who supposedly held the Jews captive, had their own laws while they did so?

Bachmann doesn’t know, she doesn’t care. She probably hasn’t read the Bible in the first place, and if she did, like Perry, did not understand it in the second:

We know those laws, those laws are the fundamental laws of mankind, and here in the United States, the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses is the very foundation of the law that has given happiness and the rise of the greatest prosperity that any nation has known before.

Mr. Speaker, it could be no coincidence that this nation, knowing and enjoying the heights of such great happiness and such great prosperity, that it could be built upon that foundation of the Ten Commandments and of the law given by the God in whom we trust.

So God gave humanity Moses so the US could be rich. How that works when biblical law is not the foundation of U.S. law is, again, anyone’s guess.

The Republican base and the Religious Right’s base eat this stuff up, and I can only assume that is because they too, have failed to read their Bibles. I mean, I get why they dig Moses: he invented the true/false distinction in religion and without that you don’t have a Religious Right. But Founding Father? Really? And now some über-guardian of the House?

I’m sorry, I just have to throw this out here again:

WHY? Oh yeah, because NOBODY reads textbooks. Which explains a lot.

50 Replies to “Michele Bachmann Gets Both Bible and Constitution Wrong in Her Final Speech”

  1. Isn’t she on the Cliven Bundy, living history, lecture tour?

    I thought I saw their bus followed by some groupies “rolling coal” the other day.

  2. Like many others, she is proud of her stupidity. She thinks this makes her more “one of the people” as opposed to “intellectuals”.

    As many others have said, ignorance can be cured, stupidity cannot.

  3. Why isn’t this dip shit being measured for some new silver bracelets and how did she ever get elected in the first place?. This is stunning. Ignorance personified!

  4. “Michele Bachmann Gets Both Bible and Constitution Wrong in Her Final Speech” the headline reads but what I’d like to know is when has she ever been right!

  5. She has been successful in her acting dumb plan to hook up with real people. Goldie Hawn pulled it off.

  6. This article brought to mind something that was on Salon on December 10th. Check out an article by Daniel Silliman, Religious Dispatch titled “Why millions of Christian evangelicals oppose Obamacare and civil rights”. I tried to find it on Salon this morning but was unable to. I googled “end times and politics articles” and found it.

  7. I guess if the ten commandments are the basis of all law, then the Republicans are the base of all lawbreakers.

    Thou shall not kill. Republicans are constantly wanting to kill somebody through war.

    Thou shall not bear false witness. I guess Republicans don’t understand that that means you shall not lie, as in something Republicans do as naturally as they breathe.

    These hypocrites know as little about the bible as they do about the Constitution, which ain’t much.

  8. Yes she may be gone from the job that gave her the power to legislate hate and ignorance on a level that is monumental BUT she will most likely get a job with one of the Reich Wings Malicious Mills to spread her verbal virus via the Goebbels Channel or the Heretic Foundation or Libelous University. We have not seen the last of this Bat Guano Ga Ga gal. As far as any arrest of Mich-Hell I think they are waiting until she is a citizen again so as to keep the Reich Wing squeals to a minimum.

  9. Doesn’t Jesus trump Moses?
    What she’s touting is Euro-Moses. Painted by Europeans, translated by Europeans to influence Europeans.

    The Jewish leader Moses and YHWH did not speak 17th century English. The “Thou shalts” of the OT10 is pure King James and serves no useful purpose except to impress the gullible.
    Christian Europe is only one civilization amongst many. Their time has come and gone, victim of clinging too tightly to outmoded deities.

  10. Bachmann and the GOP/TP want a strict theocracy while they pretend to fight for freedom and liberty, but what they’re really fighting for is the fact that people that are different have the same rights that they do, or suppose to, and they think that’s unamerican and against god.

  11. No one wants a theocracy. I don’t know why anyone thinks that of Conservatives. The only theocracy they will acknowledge is that headed by Jesus Christ when He returns. As if no one has learned anything from the Dark Ages.

  12. I prayed for Palin to go away and up popped Bachmann. I prayed for Bachmann to disappear and up pops Perry. Maybe I need to stop praying?

  13. Anytime I hear “lawgiver,” I think of the guy in the ape suit in Mystery Science Theater 3000, also from Minnesota.

  14. You know Chuckles I have YET to meet a conservative that doesn’t want a theocracy and they want it to be an Oligarchic Theocracy were the most wealthy of religious CULTS will rule this nation with an Iron Bible wrapped in the flag stuffed with money! Religion IS the worlds biggest problem and Christians have been and remain to be the biggest takers of life.

  15. Maybe she forgot Moses was the law receiver.

    And she knows what an artist was thinking in the 1800’s.

    I’m shocked she lost.

  16. That’s one out but, remember the other Roaches that passed the “Romnibust” bill. I wonder what this trap will be like? Prez Obama asking Dem support for this bill? Stay tuned.

  17. Thanks gsb, I use Bat Guano Ga Ga because it’s less offensive but says the same thing. And I’m nearly 57 and Caucasian and some times it doesn’t feel like some thing to be proud of considering how some whites are so filled with hateful ignorance.

  18. What a moron. Goodbye, hopefully forever, Michele may your oxymoronic syllables not be heard again in those hallowed halls of congress or anywhere else.

  19. Very scary how someone so batshit crazy can get elected in America today. It’s almost like the farther off the loonie bin far right rails a politician is the more likely their constituents will keep them in office. Wake up America please! We can and must do better then this nut crew who come January will take over the government. Yep I castrate piggies, elect me to gubbermint please so I can go cut me some rich peoples taxes

  20. Obviously, the GOP likes stupid, easily influenced, non-thinking women willing to perpetuate the myth of “woman stupid, man smart, ooga booga”. Bachman, Palin and the other women who have defined themselves as Political Prostitutes (unqualified females in politics)are just around to make male donors feel superior to the real-live women in politics that they fear. Enter
    Clinton/Warren ’16. Cant wait to see their meltdown.

  21. Dont forget, thou shalt not steal.

    pension raid
    2.3 Trillion stolen by Bush administration( evidenced by Rumsfeld presser 9-10-01)watch it.

    Republicans are the worst Christians ever. Look at Mike Huckabee, a lying snake, claims to be a pastor.

  22. She needs a good English grammar lesson as well!!! (Plural subjects with singular verbs, etc.) Oh wait, our Congress has cut so much funding from education they seldom teach grammar anymore, instead spending 90% of their time preparing students for a state test to secure funding for their schools!

  23. Michele Bachmann is what you get when you mix bat shit crazy with criminally stupid and then encourage it to breed.

  24. This article, and the enthusiastic replies, are hilarious.

    There are 23 relief portraits in the House Chamber, one of whom is the Jewish Prophet Moses.

    “The eleven profiles in the eastern half of the chamber face left and the eleven in the western half face right, so that all look towards the full-face relief of Moses in the center of the north wall. [i.e. Exactly where our Loony Toon is saying.]

    The subjects of the reliefs were chosen by scholars from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C., in consultation with authoritative staff members of the Library of Congress. The selection was approved by a special committee of five Members of the House of Representatives and the Architect of the Capitol.”

    She also cited William Blackstone basing modern law on Moses, which he does.

    Look, I hate this nutjob, but pretending that Moses hasn’t been cited in American law is pure ignorance.

  25. One thing that fascinates me about the States is that complete loonies and religious fruitcakes can access a position of responsibility. She could be a Sarah Paling clone (yes, her, who could so easily have had her finger on the red button! )

  26. I could not follow what she was saying exactly…? Moses is looking into someone’s face now… In modern times…? Huh?

    Hey, while we’re criticizing religious nonsense, maybe it would be good to look at the thing said in this article about Jesus’ “exaltation of the poor and condemnation of the rich”…? Ask yourself, does that really make any sense? The answer is no. And yet this drives much of the thinking of the Left. Time to think critically about that “moral” nonsense that we’re still embracing. It’s just as messed up as all the other nonsense. If you sit back and think about it critically, you will see this.

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