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More extreme rhetoric from Michele Bachmann: Democratic Congress would put American culture "at stake"

I didn't have a chance to read Hugh Hewitt's interview with Michele Bachmann until just now. It contains some gems, such as this one:

And if you have Patty Wetterling win this seat, and Congress flips and goes Democrat, I'm just going to tell you this. Our country is at stake. Our security, our tax policy, our culture and morals. And we just have so much at stake, that at this point, everybody had to get up, get in gear, volunteer, write checks, do what you have to do for the next 33 days. But let's not lose these elections.

It reminds me of Bachmann's fundraising pal Denny Hastert, who had this to say about why, if he resigns over the Foley cover-up, the terrorists win:

But, you know, this is a political issue in itself, too, and what we’ve tried to do as the Republican Party is make a better economy, protect this country against terrorism — and we’ve worked at it ever since 9/11, worked with the president on it — and there are some people that try to tear us down. We are the insulation to protect this country, and if they get to me it looks like they could affect our election as well.

Folks, if the Democrats win Congress, the country is not at stake, as Bachmann would have you believe. What a crazy, extreme statement. Really? "Our security, our tax policy, our culture and morals." All of them will be wiped out by a Democratic Congress. Riiiiiiiiiight.

Our security will be better, because our troops will be at home protecting our country, not engaged in wars in the Middle East, and that will free up resources to improve our transit security, port security, and all the other security-related items that will be the focus of a Democratic Congress. This is a return to the sane--but not weak-- foreign and domestic security policy that was practiced before the Bush administration by both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Michele Bachmann likes to claim that Patty Wetterling will raise taxes by repealing the Bush tax cuts, but this. is. a. LIE. She has proposed additional tax breaks for the vast majority of the middle class, who have been squeezed by rising tuition, property taxes, and wage stagnation under the Bush "tax cuts." The only people who will pay more taxes under a Democratic plan are the wealthy, who disproportionately benefit from the Bush tax cuts. This seems to be a return to a sane tax policy, the one that existed before Bush came into office, not a complete destruction of our nation's tax policy. (BTW, which is the only candidate that would not consider the insane national sales tax proposal, that truly would be a radical change to our nation's tax policy? Patty Wetterling. So who's the flaming radical?)

And, most ridiculous of all, our "culture and morals" will be wiped out by a Democratic Congress? That's ridiculous. Leaving aside the question of whether there truly ever can be a homogenous, unchanging American culture and set of moral values, the premise itself is ridiculous. I guess she means that the values that she believes in, the heteronormative evangelical Christian moral and cultural code, will be destroyed if Patty Wetterling is elected. But Democrats believe that everyone has a right to practice their own religion and their own set of values; Bachmann and her friends in the WELS can practice their lives and their religion in whatever way they wish. On the culture front, it would take more than two years to destroy American culture, a worldwide phenomenon that has been profoundly influential to cultures and nations around the world. Though it can be influenced by what the government does, it is a largely separate entity, and changes naturally of its own accord in response to current events, trends, personalities, and technologies. So to say that a Democratic Congress would "destroy American culture" is just ridiculous.

Does Michele Bachmann believe her own rhetoric? If so, we should be extremely concerned if this conspiracy theorist is elected to Congress.

If this is mere rhetoric, we should be concerned that this woman would say something this extreme to get votes. It would make it clear that she would be a divisive figure, cutting off at least half (if not more) of her constituents from having any voice in Washington.

Either way, these comments are alarming.