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How I Keep My Integrity Living in Michele Bachmann Territory, a Guest Post by Sandra

 

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 wasn’t 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: I’m better at what I do, because I’m 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 Rose’s 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 beliefs—they 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 Bachmann’s case, that includes the attempted legislation of these biblical rules, as she sees them.

Back to Bachmann’s 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.

Hell workarounds

The Christians I know also have hell workarounds. My parents have always said that when we go to heaven, we won’t 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 won’t recognize each other.”

Me: “Mom, it doesn’t say that anywhere in the Bible. I believe that when we die, our loved ones come and greet us. Don’t you watch “The Ghost Whisperer? ”

Mom: “We don’t recognize anyone because if somebody we loved was missing, we would be sad. And we can’t 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!

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    Photo credit for today’s post goes to the Minneapolist Post:

    http://www.minnpost.com/

    And huge credit for humor and sanity goes to Blog-Buddy SANDRA. Thank you so much for tday’s guest post.

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    Your comment about C.S. Lewis reminds me why I have read every one of his books in print. (What an amazing insight, about hell being locked from the inside!) Not recently but about 20 years ago.

    Have any of you Blog-Buddies read “Till We Have Faces?”

    That was my fave. A link to info. about that novel is here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Till_We_Have_Faces

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    Jordan says:

    So by your mom’s logic, you won’t be sad if EVERYONE you love is missing? lol.

    Thanks for this post, SANDRA, it’s really insightful. And I love those quotes. They’re all completely horrible, but the minimum wage one strikes me as particularly ignorant and potentially harmful, a sentiment bordering on evil. (Not that I consider Michele Bachmann evil).

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    Truthseeker says:

    Hell is a man-made doctrine. The closest thing to Hell in the Bible is complete ending of your life/conciousness, no second chances, no resurrection.

    This state is called Gehenna, often misinterpreted as Hell. Only God can decide who gets this sentence. That’s what I believe about it, in a nutshell. There’s a lot more scholarly info available.

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    Elaine says:

    Sandra, thanks for the enlightenment from the other side of the country. You’ve certainly put your points across in a different way. 🙂

    Now I understand why my sister-in-law (a born and bred upstate New Yorker) is still having a hard time adjusting out there in Minnestota after four years.

    One of her peeves is that they have meetings to air grievances, etc., about whatever isn’t working in the workplace. And no one says anything when given the opportunity, as if everything is okay. Then they get outside the meeting and grumble and complain over things they don’t like — and didn’t bring up.

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    Lara says:

    I also found the C.S. Lewis idea about Hell being locked from the inside powerfully insightful.

    Thank you very much, SANDRA. This whole post was really interesting to me.

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    Sandra says:

    Yes, JORDAN, there is no way to justify that bizarre logic!

    I don’t think MB is evil, either; I think she has a sort of innocence. Fortunately her views are too extreme to translate into legislation.

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    Sandra says:

    ELAINE, I’m sorry your sister is having a hard time here in MN. It sounds like she has encountered the dark side of Minnesota Nice.

    I’ll be on the lookout for an unhappy, former New Yorker. If I find her, I’ll give her a hug, and introduce her to some great people! 🙂

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    Sandra says:

    TRUTH SEEKER, Gehenna sounds very much like the beliefs espoused by Jehovah Witnesses. (Yes, when they come to the door, I engage them in conversation.)

    That view of hell gives me small comfort, however. I prefer to believe that all of us carry a bit of the divine that is eternal and can never be destroyed.

    I have no way of knowing if that is true, of course: it’s just a feeling.

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    Sandra says:

    Rose, I’ve read the “Chronicles of Narnia” and saw “the Screwtape Letters,” but haven’t read much else by Lewis. I’ve always meant to read “Perelandra,” as I am a huge science fiction fan. I will definitely check out “Till We Have Faces” — thanks for the suggestion!

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    SANDRA, “Surprised by Joy” is my second favorite of his books, and probably easier to find.

    Actually, I did my main reading of the C.S. Lewis books around 1973-1975. Which is not, as I originally wrote in Comment 2 above, 20 years ago….

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    Bonnie says:

    Thanks for your post, SANDRA. I have really been puzzling over some of the information in Rose’s previous post on la Bachmann, particularly her divine truthfulness, *cough*.

    I see today that her entire New Hampshire staff quit, and didn’t ring HQ to tell them. So of course, she (or someone on her staff) blamed another candidate of spreading false rumors.

    She’s so extreme, I kind of hope she campaigns right up to November 6, 2012 on her own special extra-crunchy christian ticket.

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