Minnesota is a great state to live in. We have all four seasons in their complete and total glory. Summer is particularly spectacular, and we tend to spend a lot of time outside on or near one of our over 10,000 lakes.
We also have fascinating politicians. What other state would elect a governor who had been a pro-wrestler and a B-movie star (Jesse Ventura)?
Well, okay, California would. But we also currently have a state senator who is also a comedian (Al Franken). Equally funny, in her own way, is State Representative Michele Bachmann.
It would be easy to despair at her politics if it wasnt for her vast entertainment value. Before she represented Minnesota in the House, she was in the state legislature. One time she tried to force a floor vote on banning gay marriage during a time when GLBT supporters were demonstrating on the capitol lawn. It failed to pass. Later that day she hid in the bushes at the rally for God-knows-what reason.
Important quotes from Presidential Candidate Bachman
Equally amusing are Michele Bachman’s verbal gaffes. Here are some of my faves:
“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009
“If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” -Michele Bachmann, Jan. 2005
Normalization (of gayness) through desensitization. Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of ‘The Lion King’ for instance, and a teacher might say, ‘Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?’ The message is: Im better at what I do, because Im gay. Senator Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” –Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009
Using energetic literacy techniques on Michele Bachman
So it was with great interest that I read Roses blogpost where she did an aura reading of Michele Bachmann.
What particularly struck me (and heartened me) was the small thread of disbelief in Bachman about some of what she was saying, then the immediate denial of this disbelief, and then the struggle to live according to her stringent beliefs.
About those beliefsthey are rampant around here. They center round a certain interpretation of the bible: you must believe that Jesus Christ is your savior, or you will go to hell. Eternally. Jesus Christ and God, the Father: good cop and bad cop.
Rose noted that Michele Bachmann is hard-wired to believe what she believes. This certainly puts her words and actions in perspective for me, and it fills me with compassion for her and others like her.
If I believed in eternal hell, as many around here do, I would do whatever it took to not go there.
That would include meticulous study of the rule book (Bible), and living it as completely as I could. In Michele Bachmanns case, that includes the attempted legislation of these biblical rules, as she sees them.
Back to Bachmanns thread of disbelief: History has been filled with Christian apologists who could not totally justify this view of hell. C.S. Lewis, the great Christian writer, believed hell was locked from the inside, not the outside. Thereby it is only eternal if we make it so.
The Christians I know also have hell workarounds. My parents have always said that when we go to heaven, we wont recognize our family and friends.
When they say things like this, it typically leaves me speechless. This is a good thing.
One day, however, I was feeling my oats. My conversation with my mother went like this:
Mom: When we go to heaven, we wont recognize each other.
Me: Mom, it doesnt say that anywhere in the Bible. I believe that when we die, our loved ones come and greet us. Dont you watch The Ghost Whisperer?
Mom: We dont recognize anyone because if somebody we loved was missing, we would be sad. And we cant be sad in heaven.
I hope this explains how I keep my integrity and sanity in Michele Bachmann territory; though compassion and amusement are not my only resources. There are quite a few people like me in this area, and we tend to cluster together!