Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mixed Nuts

Yesterday seemed to bring out the whack-jobs and some interesting insights into where the campaigns are going.

First we have Patricia Gorman, a candidate in Arizona running for Congress who spends most of the time in her commercial firing off automatic weapons. At one point the voice-over — read by a guy whose right-wing crew cut you can hear — says that she’s a “conservative Christian … and a pretty fair shot.” This, of course, is based on the fact that Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the peacemakers, but firing off ten rounds a second totally kicks ass.”

Then Sharron Angle, the Republican running for the Senate in Nevada, finally got cornered into giving an interview with a reporter that doesn’t work for a right-wing radio station or website. She made a valiant attempt to crawfish away from her earlier statement that there were “Second Amendment remedies” to the problems in Washington. She said she was “speaking broadly” about the Constitution and “and that was the context of that rhetoric.” Okay, but speaking broadly or narrowly, the Second Amendment talks about guns and militias, period. The implication is pretty clear.

And then there’s Rep. Michele Bachman (R-MN), who is always good for a laugh and whose understanding of economics is as loose as her grip on reality.

President Obama is trying to bind the United States into a global economy where all of our nations come together in a global economy. I don’t want the United States to be in a global economy where, where our economic future is bound to that of Zimbabwe. I can’t, we can’t necessarily trust the decisions that are being made financially in other countries.

A couple of little tidbits of news for Ms. Bachmann: first, one of the reasons we had a revolution against the British in 1776 was because they were restricting the trade the colonies were conducting with other countries without giving London a piece of the action. So the founding of this country was based, in part, on becoming a part of the global economy. Second, and more immediate, is the fact that our current debt — you know, the one run up by the Republicans paying for two wars and a bunch of tax cuts — is held by other countries, and that includes our biggest creditor, China. So if we suddenly decided we didn’t want to be a part of the global economy, two things would happen: we’d be broke in a hurry when China calls in their debts, and we wouldn’t have any way to pay for it because we wouldn’t be selling anything to anybody. Now I realize that this basic high school history and economics lesson may be a little hard for Ms. Bachmann to grasp since she’s spending all of her time hunting out anti-Americans in Congress, but certainly she understands that companies in her own state of Minnesota like General Mills, 3M, and Target are counting on selling their goods and services to places like Zimbabwe and paying for it with money from China.

So that was yesterday, and it’s still June in a long campaign season. Stock up on the popcorn.