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Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann recently had a friendly discussion with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council on his radio show in which the topic of the Administration's policy towards Israel came up.  Ms. Bachmann's attention was directed to how those polices were helping to bring on the End Times.  Among the more delicious quotes:

“That’s in the natural, I just believe that as believers in Jesus Christ who see the authority of scripture, I believe that the Lord and his strong right arm will have Israel’s back and will be her protector. The question is, will we as the United States cooperate in standing with Israel and blessing Israel, or will we join those nations that come against her? We are definitely on the wrong side. It is jaw dropping, it is stunning, it’s breathtaking.”
What Kossacks hear when we read this:

Mock-able word salad, Manichean logic, nonsense, the usual crazy from one of the most reliable sources, how could anyone vote for or support this loon?  More proof the wingnut base are truly nuts.  They're just crazy.

We attempt to parse this with our heads using logic and the rules of the English language, and it doesn't compute.  We marvel, laugh, and move on.

What the Christian Conservative Base hears when they read this:

Believers in Jesus Christ.  Authority of Scripture.  Lord and his strong right arm blessing Israel like in the Bible.  But we are on the wrong side [because of the Muslim Usurper.]  The End Times are really coming just like the Pastor says, prepare, so donate more in the collection plate.  Stand behind Michelle -- she tells the Truth From God, driving the satanic liberals crazy in the process (ha, ha, ha!)

I submit for your consideration:  That Ms. Bachmann may be wildly wrong and quite fanatical, but she is crazy like a fox.  She is calculating and knows how to speak to her national constituency.  We don't see this because we just don't hear her speech patterns with the same ears as those that see her and her fellow fanatics as Apostles of Truth.  They are more dangerous than we give them credit for.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, David54, kevinpdx, Rogneid, hnichols

    "A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance." -- George Orwell, 1984

    by Treats on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:18:42 AM PST

  •  Pet peeve (1+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid

    The scripture she and others cite actually refers to Abraham,

    And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." 4So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.…

  •  I agree. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, Treats

    There is an intersection between Christian Nationalism (I've decided to start referring to the "Religious Right" as "Christian Nationalism", because it's more descriptive, damning, and I think they'll actually embrace the term, to their own detriment.), gun worship and "end-times" prophecy and behavior.

    They're getting ready for something really serious. Michele Bachmann, of course, is just pandering, but there's a culture out there that she's tapping into.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:54:50 AM PST

    •  I like that phrase (0+ / 0-)

      "Christian Nationalism" is actually more accurate than the older, and more benign-sounding, "fundamentalist".

      Although, when I typed it, I mistyped it as "fandamentalist", which I kind of like.

      "A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance." -- George Orwell, 1984

      by Treats on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:50:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Certainly they're dangerous (1+ / 0-)
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    Treats

    And that's why Rep. Bachmann doesn't go for interviews where anyone would dream of digging into her wackaloon beliefs. She talks to Tony Perkins or Bryan Fischer or some other friendly interviewer, who lets her blow the dog whistles until the cows come home.

    One thing that bothers me is how, when a Democrat makes a dubious (or just wrong-sounding) pronouncement, every journalist with a microphone and a camera pounces on other Democrats to bad-mouth the first guy. But Bachmann says something that most people would consider worthy of being placed under observation, and nobody will ask John Boehner or Mitch McConnell or Eric Cantor what they thing of her lunatic rantings.

    •  Expectations. (0+ / 0-)

      They are established loons.  When a person thought sane leaves the rails, it's news.

      "A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance." -- George Orwell, 1984

      by Treats on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:49:05 PM PST

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