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Monday, March 14, 2011

The Gaffe Heard 'Round the World

Minnesota Congresswoman and Tea Party supporter Michele Bachmann can perhaps be forgiven for a gaffe she made at a speech in Concord, N.H. Bachmann attended a private fundraiser Friday night and was meeting with members of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire on Saturday before headlining a state GOP fundraiser in Nashua later in the day.

Speaking at an event held by the Republican Liberty Caucus on Saturday, Bachmann invoked the founding fathers and offered an historical compliment for the Granite State.

“What I love about New Hampshire,” she stated, “and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.”

Great speech. Wrong Concord. What she was referring to was the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, the battle which marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War. It’s a fact that every school child usually knows.

However, Bachmann was raised in a Democrat family. She only converted to being a Republican during her senior year at Winona State University in Minnesota. In an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, she said she’d been reading Gore Vidal’s 1973 novel, Burr, which mocks the Founding Fathers ,

“'I just remember reading the book and putting it in my lap, looking out the window and thinking, 'You know what? I don't think I am a Democrat. I must be a Republican.”

A lot of water had passed under the bridge since her 3rd grade American history lesson, in which she was probably discouraged by her family from retaining this “useless” piece of information beyond passing the test. If her school even taught her about the Revolution. Her Democrat family certainly would not have helped little Michele reinforce the knowledge by discussing the subject, except perhaps to deride it.

Bachmann was a supporter of Jimmy Carter and she and her husband Marcus worked on his campaign. During Carter's presidency, Bachmann became disappointed with his liberal approach to public policy, support for legalized abortion, and economic decisions that increased gas prices. In the next presidential election she voted for Ronald Reagan.

It’s just as well she made the speech in Concord, N.H., anyway. She’d never be able to invoke the Founding Fathers in the Communistwealth of Massachusetts, which is entirely Democrat. What a pity for those ancestors whose blood paid the very first price to make America the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.


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