No, Michele Bachmann doesn’t deserve the abuse her detractors are heaping on her in the wake of the tragic shooting in Wisconsin. It’s not like she’s spent the past few weeks spreading misinformation about a nonexistent threat from Muslims “infiltrating” our government. It’s not as though, as a duly elected Representative from the great state of Minnesota, she is honor bound to represent *all* of the people in her district and not cast aspersions on her minority constituents. And it’s not like she accused her Democratic colleague, who happens to be a Muslim, of having “a long record of association” with terrorist groups, without offering up a shred of evidence.
You know, you’d have to be crazy to believe that the Sikhs, who are mandated by their religion to wear turbans and beards, are similar to their Muslim brothers. But when people like Michele turn the volume knob on the crazy amp up to eleven, anything is possible. If you *were* a crazy person, you might start to see any group of brown-skinned, turban wearing folks as “the de facto arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.” Since Michele began her high-profile Muslim witch hunt, the papers and Internet have been filled with her specious lies – but Michele knows it’s really all about her!
“The attack machine has been turned on myself and the other members of Congress who have been asking these questions, that somehow we’re the Muslim haters, we’re the witch hunters, we’re the new Joe McCarthyites because we’re asking these questions.”
It’s not as though Michele has one iota of shame in then repeating her baseless charges, Jeopardy-style, in the form of a question. Because the threat that exists “at the highest levels” is “truly breathless.” Perhaps that’s because all the air has been sucked out of her arguments and every time she begins “asking these questions” we should really stop and understand *exactly* what she’s doing.
Michele is blowing the dog whistle of racism for every “Obama is a Muslim” voter in her district. When Rep. Bachmann says there is “influence” by known terrorist sympathizers “at the highest levels,” you and I both know what that means. We’ve heard this song before, in 2008, when Obama was “palling around with the terrorists.” Remember? That was right before he started hunting them down and killing them indiscriminately.
And just in case Michele wasn’t clear enough, she wants you to imagine that all of these scary, brown-skinned, beard wearing terrorists are currently eating away at the very fabric of our very freedoms “from the White House, to the Pentagon, to the FBI, even to our United States military…”
Someday, and I hope it’s soon, Michele Bachmann will offer up some kind of justification for her fear mongering and xenophobia. Until then, she’ll have to endure the slings and arrows of “the attack machine.” I hope and pray we won’t have to endure another actual attack by another madmen that Michele’s outrageous conspiracy theories inspire.