Diversity to the right of me, diversity to the left of me...
0 comment Saturday, June 21, 2014 |

Michelle Bachmann, who is heralded as one of the rising stars in the Republican Party, tells us all about our country's history and meaning.
If you don't want to view the whole speech, the pertinent parts come at about 9:15 on the video.
"How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world," she said. "It didn't matter the color of their skin, it didn't matter their language, it didn't matter their economic status."
"Once you got here, we were all the same. Isn't that remarkable?" she asked.
Speaking at an Iowans For Tax Relief event, 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."
"And," she continued, "I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers [forebears? VA] who worked tirelessly -- men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."
Among the other gems of wisdom she offered: "...we are a self-correcting country" and we are ''still continuing and perfecting" and ''equality is what they [our ancestors] came here to be about.''
It sounds like she studied history under Condoleezza Rice. Ms Rice often alluded to America past as being an imperfect thing which we are now working at fixing or perfecting, thanks to the innovations of liberalism and cultural Marxism, of course. This is in no way a 'conservative' or traditional point of view. It is nothing more nor less than a variation on the usual liberal/leftist theme of how the Founding Fathers just didn't get it like we do; we, fortunately, have 'evolved' way beyond those Neanderthals of the colonial era.
Our colonial ancestors did not come here in search of equality; they wanted mainly freedom to worship or freedom from an overbearing government.
I do resent Michelle Bachmann's implications, too, that 'diversity' was a part of the colonies; it was not. The Jamestown colonists were mostly English, and the New England colonists were all English. The 'diversity' came along later, and it was a fateful decision to introduce 'diversity.'
I can't speak for Ms Bachmann's ancestors, whose provenance I don't know.
And as to limited government and lower taxes, she apparently does not understand the connection between 'social justice' policies and high taxes/big government.
If this is the kind of 'conservatism' that the Republicans have to offer, then we are up the creek without the proverbial paddle.

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