I am not the first person to question out-of-context quotations. Having been victimized by the deliberate mis-characterization and outright altering of written statements, I know how easy it is to paint an inaccurate and unfair image of a person simply based upon out-of-context statements that a person has made. But there comes a time when the ludicrous, inane and frightening statements become so numerous that you can’t help but wonder what the hell is wrong with this person.
Michele Bachman has just about reached that point for me.
And while her defenders may say that any political figure can be caught off guard and misspeak when communicating to the degree that someone like Bachman does, there simply aren’t the enormous number of blunders coming from the mouths of politicians like President Obama and John McCain and Nancy Pelosi and Mitt Romney.
Yes, they misspeak. Yes, they flip-flop on positions. Yes, they pick and choose the facts that best suit their argument.
But I’m talking outright stupidity and insanity.
Bachman has it. These other do not.
Here are just three of the quotes that I have seen recently that have given me great pause.
PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE, CONSPIRACY THEORY BASED LEADERSHIP "I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I'm not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it's an interesting coincidence."
PARANOID, HOMOPHOBIC DELUSION "Normalization of gayness through desensitization. Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders is take a picture of 'The Lion King' for instance, and a teacher might say, 'Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?' The message is: 'I'm better at what I do, because I'm gay.'"
FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND BASIC US HISTORY "But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States."