Michelle Bachmann made an ass out of herself again today, this time bragging that if she were President, and Iranians over ran the US embassy the way they did the British embassy this week, she’d wouldn’t pussy-foot around. No siree, she’d shut that facility down. Because nothing says courage quite like running away. What made it hilarious is Bachmann and company were apparently not up to speed on one widely reported fact:
(TPM) — There’s just one problem: The U.S. has not had an embassy in Iran ever since the Iranian hostage crisis, when revolutionaries from the budding Islamic state held 52 Americans for 444 days.
You see shit like this and face meets palm. How could anyone, let alone a sitting US congresswoman who serves on important foreign policy committees, be so ignorant? Easy. When a movement depends on rickety foundations of lies held aloft on pillars of deception, ignorance is not a weakness, its strength.
Ignorance worked beautifully in times past, for centuries, allowing a tiny sliver of decadent predators to live high on the hog, dancing on the backs of millions of uneducated peasants locked in an endless cycle of short lives, grinding poverty, and back-breaking labor. Ignorance fueled the Confederacy, where hundreds of thousands of dirt-poor southerners volunteered to be cut to pieces by musket and cannon fire so that a few dozen super wealthy families could sit safe and fat back on the plantation for a few more years. It works to this day, as any poll with edu crosstabs amply demonstrates.
Bachmann, Perry, Cain; they are simply the figure-head descendants of the same tried and true system: legions of serfs sacrificing everything they have, for a handful of lords who have everything. That system cannot thrive in an informed democracy. Depth of knowledge and critical thinking skills, the twin columns of science, are the extreme right’s kryptonite. It’s no wonder the Bachmann’s and Cain’s of the world celebrate ignorance and wear it like a badge of honor, it’s no wonder they wave people into the darkness as fast as they can. Ignorance might as well sign their hefty paychecks.