Michele Bachmann and the Two Sides of Every Argument
Let’s start with something positive. Michele Bachman, as opposed to Romney, Pawlenty, and Palin, actually stands for something. She truly believes what she says and does not back down. Unfortunately, she is also appears to be a hypocrite – but here’s an opportunity to prove otherwise.
On Friday June 16, Bachmann stated that, "I support intelligent design. What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide. I don't think it's a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides."
If Bachmann truly believes that government should not take sides, then she should make these additional proclamations:
“I believe that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization. However, because I understand that my belief is religion-based and unsupported by scientific evidence, I believe the benefits of ending unwanted pregnancies via abortion should be introduced to all men and women and allow them to make the decision appropriate to their situation.”
“While I firmly believe and have previously stated that the gay and lesbian lifestyle constitutes a form of bondage that leads to personal despair and personal enslavement, I realize that my views are influenced by my fundamentalist Christian beliefs. So, rather than ignoring or condemning homosexuality, our school children should be taught that love between any two people is something to be honored and cherished.”
“I have stated that Planned Parenthood is a corrupt criminal organization and I believe that premarital sex is evil and abstinence is the only appropriate form of birth control. Nonetheless, because I am relying on faith as opposed to science or empirical information for my position, I believe people should have access to all the facts. Young people should be fully educated about the pros and cons of various contraceptive methods and allowed to make a personal choice about something as personal as sex.”
These three statements would corroborate Bachmann’s premise that the government should not intrude into the private lives and beliefs of the American citizenry. She can’t have it both ways only when it suits her beliefs. And that applies to all of us — because that's the true America.