Oh, Michele Bachmann. She’s working very hard to get back into a spotlight again, any spotlight. As usual, she’ll say pretty much anything in her bid to garner attention and foment fear. In her compleat lack of wisdom, she has decided that hate crime hotlines are the very devil du jour.
Last month, Minneapolis announced that a hotline had been established to allow residents to report hate crimes, which include “any crime against a person or property motivated by prejudice against someone’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity. This includes prejudice-motivated property damage (including graffiti), stalking and assault.”
Oh my goodness, the horror! Why, that’s just awful, giving citizens recourse to prompt action in light of frightening crimes. Now, if they’d just work on getting all the murderers and would-be murderers out of the cop shops, we might have something good going here. Ms. Bachmann’s take is a bit, um, off:
“What we’re seeing is that hotlines are being set up by units of government for the purpose of encouraging people to call in and rat on their fellow man to report a hate crime,” she warned. “What they’re trying to do is implement anti-blasphemy laws. They’re trying to implement Islamic Sharia law locally in order to quiet churches and quiet anybody who would talk about what the truth is about Islam.”
No. No and No again. I realize it’s more difficult to get a rational thought into a conservative christian’s brain than it is a rock, nonetheless, I wish to fuck they’d get it into their skulls that speaking out, critical or not, is not a crime. Not even in the same ballpark. So now it’s “ratting on their fellow man”? My, my, do I hear goosestepping? Since when is reporting a crime squealing on someone? I have no doubt Ms. Bachmann would trip over herself getting to a phone if she saw anyone less than pasty white near her property. Oh, but those aren’t “fellow men”, are they?
I note that no one has managed to shut you up, Ms. Bachmann, so you give lie to your own words every single time you open that mouth of yours. I don’t like what you have to say, and I dearly wish you would shut the fuck up, but that’s a far cry from showing up on your doorstep with a nice gag.
“What they want is civilization jihad,” Bachmann continued. “They want jihad through the court system to silence speech because when you take away someone’s speech rights to speak out—like we’re doing right now, to tell the truth about something—then it’s game over … There should be a lawsuit filed against the city of Minneapolis for doing this. They have violated the so-called separation of church and state that the left is so in love with because they’re preferring Islam over any other religion and, number two, they’re fascists. That’s what they are, they’re fascists; they want to shut down your right to free speech.”
Nice of you to confirm that you’re still a fucking idiot, Ms. Bachmann. “Race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or gender identity.” I don’t see “Islam, Islam, Islam” in there anywhere. There’s the ever generic religion, which also applies to you, and other christians. Here in uStates, crimes against white christians are rare, so you don’t have much to worry about. It’s just everyone else who is in danger, primarily from … white christians. Interesting how idiots like yourself never, ever manage to shut the fuck up about your frozen peaches being taken away, and never once have an irony meter land on your head.
One of the standard explanations for this sort of behavior on the part of conservatives is “projection”. I’m not sure that’s the right term, however, because projection is supposed to be projecting one’s own flaws onto The Hated Other… and I suspect that what’s *really* going on is something disturbingly else. Bachmann is explicitly decrying this as an attempt to stifle the free speech of conservative Xtians like her… but it’s not because she thinks that Stifling Free Speech is a bad thing.
Bachmann thinks that Stifling Free Speech is just fine and dandy—as long as it’s Bad People whose Free Speech is being Stifled. Xtians like herself are Good People; muslims & liberals are Bad People; therefore, stifling the free speech of Xtians is a terrible, horrible, very bad, no-good thing, and stifling the free speech of muslims & liberals is AOK.
This isn’t projection. I’m not sure what it is, but projection it ain’t.
Michele Bachmann is one of those who, whenever they speak, provides yet another irrevocable blow to my esteem of humans as a whole. That someone so blisteringly stupid, so transparently dishonest, so tribalistic, bigoted, authoritarian, ignorant, and vile -- that someone so obviously abhorrent could ever rise to a position of governance -- that so many people would choose this type of person as a representative, that so many people would put such a person in a position of power and responsibility -- that such a thing is even possible further entrenches me in misanthropy.
Tkreacher, she has the same effect on me.
The idea that Islamic Jihadists’ desire to establish a hotline by which to report hate crimes against, among others, gay people, is the beginning of a slippery slope to anti-blasphemy laws, hurts my head. I can only imagine the damage that such thoughts, repeatedly exercised, have already done to your cognition.
By which I meant Ms. Bachmann’s cognition. In editing out some mostly redundant introductory sentences I deleted whom I was addressing.
Can you also delete — well, recycle — the millions of abused electrons and photons currently struggling with the onerous task of transporting / storing Ms Babbling’s bachmanns?