This is galling.
Rep. Michele Bachmann is in the news again, and her latest comments definitely made my blood pressure rise. The fact that she has even the limited amount of power she does is continually unfathomable. Bachmann is continually sticking her foot in her mouth and pushing a deeply restrictive and conservative agenda.
She's in the news this week talking about the bill in Arizona that would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gay customers. Thankfully, the bill was shot down.
But Michele is still seething about it and she's talking to anyone who will listen. The way she sees it, straight Americans have been "bullied" by gay Americans for long enough. This bill tanking is just more proof of that. Excuse me while I ralph up my indignation into a bucket I have reserved solely for this purpose.
This comment hits two things that are really wrong with our society today. One, the overuse of the words 'bully' and 'bullying.' Bullying is a real thing, it's pernicious and awful. But when the word becomes a catch-all for behavior that people just don't like (I'm looking at you Real Housewives), it begins to lose its meaning.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly -- I kind of feel like if you don't have the same rights as the rest of the people in the country where you live, THEN IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO BULLY ANYONE BY ACTIVELY SEEKING THOSE RIGHTS. Here's what Bachmann said:
There's nothing about gays in there. But the gay community decided to make this their measure. I think the thing that is getting a little tiresome, the gay community, they have so bullied the American people, and they've so intimidated politicians. The politicians fear them, so that they think they get to dictate the agenda everywhere.
She's overlooking (because of course she is) that the ambiguous language of the bill is what made it so dangerous. It's naive of me, but I still find it surprising that people can sneer the way they do at equality. It is, after all, a defining principle of our nation.
Do you think Bachmann was out of line, or do you agree with her?
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