Craig Stellmacher at TheUptake.org caught Bachmann’s bill-killing rally. Bachmann says “some have called Obama the first post-American president” about 90 seconds in.
Watch her eyes for prolonged blinking as she gets really crazy:
Word-salad garnished with nontroversy: “Obama…Pelosi…Reid…They don’t represent us…right now.” Because there was no election in 2008, or because elections do not have consequences? Congress has, in fact, voted on the bills and will now hold further votes on them in perfect legal order. The Constitution does, in fact, allow Congress to levy taxes (“mandate”) and appoint enforcement officers (IRS), and such laws are, in fact, binding. Either the representative from Minnesota lacks a basic understanding of civics, or she’s encouraging sedition.
The “post-American president” line invokes John Bolton. Having ripped the words from their context, “some” is a cowardly little word here that lets her invoke all the birther-deather-Van Jones nonsense without having to.
But what I find most offensive is the statement that health care reform
will be the first post-modern legislation where words mean absolutely nothing.
When it comes from the lips of a Christian fundamentalist, the term “post-modern” rarely refers to aesthetic movements. Rather, it has come to mean “secularism” (or “secular humanism” as they used to call it in the 1980s). It is a sophistry, a straw-man argument appearing exclusively in the mental construct of the paranoid universe.
And it is an abuse of the English language so foul as to curdle my rhetorical blood.
H/t to The Uptake; Craig Stellmacher is teh awesome.