Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Idiot Wind

The rising star of the Republican Party, Michele Bachmann:

Speaking at an Iowans For Tax Relief event, [Rep. Michele] Bachmann (R-MN) also noted how slavery was a "scourge" on American history, but added that "we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States."

Slavery, at least in the technical sense, ended via the 13th Amendment, passed in 1865.

Some of the Founders:
George Washington (slave owner) died December 14, 1799.
Thomas Jefferson (slave owner) died July 4, 1826.
James Madison died June 28, 1836.
Benjamin Franklin died April 17, 1790.

And so on. Not one of them lived to 1865.

My larger point, aside from mocking this moron, is that today's G.O.P. is not just ignorant. They seem to think ignorance is something to be proud of, (See, e.g., Palin, Sarah). Any functioning party would laugh such a person off of the public stage, not promote her as a leader. Although I disagree with their values, the old Republicans at least pretended to care about not being dumb.

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