Jamie's last post touched on Michele Bachmann's McCarthy-ish wants for a press "exposé" of those members of Congess she thinks could be Anti-american (only Liberals need be scrutinized). Here's a video from the uptake.org of a debate in 2005 before Bachmann was ever elected to congress. In it she says that "Not all cultures are equal. Not all values are equal," and generally defamed the idea of cultural diversity by claiming people of other cultures (namely Islam) do not assimilate to the cultures of the countries to which they immigrate. She attributed recent riots in France to the fact that teeagers were watching al Jazeera on cable. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, "the unrest was no jihad, had nothing to do with religious faith or Muslim culture or al Jazeera. It was more akin to the riots in the U.S. for expanded civil rights in the 1960s or those that followed from the Rodney King police beating in Los Angeles in 1991. The European riots came after two suburban youth were killed in a police chase. The unrest centered on decades of discrimination that had manifested itself, for example, in school acceptances and hiring practices and police force racial profiling."
I also want to point out without comment that Bachmann claims "the French had a beautiful culture [emphasis added]," and that their culture has diminished.
Note: These remarks were not gaffes. She very much MEANT TO SAY THESE THINGS!
Up next: Another why-women-hate-Sarah-Palin article. This one from the National Review. In it, Kevin Burke theorizes that Sarah Palin makes women fell guilty for having abortions! Of course! That must be it!