Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachman would be wise to steer clear of New Hampshire in the future. Every time the Minnesota representative shows up in the Live Free or Die state, she seems to make a major blunder of the historical variety. And by major, I mean trying to compare the slaughter of millions of mostly Jewish people by Hitler's regime to the economy.
That Bachmann was in front of a group of New Hampshire Republicans when she pulled out an anecdote about learning about the Holocaust as a youngster, only to put it up as an example of how inaction in the face of evil is, in and of itself, evil, was ironic. It was just a month and a half ago, after all, that she stood in front of the Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire and displayed her basic lack of a grasp on American history (she claimed the famous "shot heard round the world" at Lexington and Concord happened right there in New Hampshire).
This time, she announced in Manchester:
I tell you this story because I think in our day and time, there is no analogy to that horrific action... But only to say, we are seeing eclipsed in front of our eyes a similar death and a similar taking away. It is this disenfranchisement that I think we have to answer to.
She's absolutely right. There is no safe analogy to the Holocaust -- save perhaps for other mass genocides. So why did she try to make one? To prove that she has, indeed, brushed up on her history books since her last foray into gaffe-land?
If that's it, Bachmann would be wise to get a new book on the subject. The Holocaust claimed the lives of millions of innocent people. People were persecuted for their beliefs, hunted down, tortured, murdered. Compare that to being asked to pay for your health insurance under Bachmann's arch nemesis President Barack Obama's health care plan, and I'm having a hard time seeing the likeness. He's suggesting people extend their lives with health care.
And no one's being rounded up and thrown in concentration camps for disagreeing with him. She's been allowed to wildly exaggerate, as she did in New Hampshire, that Americans are "watching quite literally our economic liberty pulled out from under us." Indeed, Bachmann can stand in New Hampshire and throw stones at the president and the current finances of the government, and not one thing will happen to her -- save for people realizing she often puts her foot in her mouth.
What do you think? Should Bachmann get cracking on the history books?
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