Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Michelle Bachman's Christmas Letter?

Simply too good to pass up. In October, 2008, CityPages.com published excerpts from Michelle Bachman's 2003 Christmas letter. Breathtaking:

"...Lucas is a pre-med school “chick magnet” at the University of Minnesota who has an affinity for Mexican dancing. “Areebah!” Bachmann proclaims at mention of this, suggesting that the Congresswoman's only knowledge of Mexican culture has been learned through Speedy Gonzalez cartoons. As soon as he gets into medical school his mom plans to “crank up the heat” in finding him a good wife to clean up after him. She even has a classified ad in mind: "Chick magnate (sic) needs wife to put him through med school, clean house, pay bills and run his life. Must be willing to gamble against onslaught of socialized medicine diminishing return on investment."

"Sixteen-year-old Harrison has all the makings to be a good a husband, Bachmann explains, referring to him as "utter perfection" (a term that becomes a proper noun later in the letter, i.e. "Utter Perfection"). He is also, rather creepily, referred to as a "female fantasy treasure."

But Bachmann doesn't stop there. Her other daughter, Elisa, was well into wifehood training in 2003, when she was 13. Elisa is "ORGANIZED!" Bachmann proclaims, which means she was "born to be the perfect wife and mother." But Elisa comes with a disclaimer: "Future mates will have to apply as she does not advertise herself. Thank God for her modesty; she tries desperately to set an example for her mother." Judging from the Hardball appearance, it was a losing effort.

Bachmann introduces her next daughter with an odd reference to plural marriage: "King Henry had his 6 wives, and if our Caroline had been one of them I think she would have been called Caroline the Vibrant." Mom offers little explanation for this designation, but goes on to reveal Caroline's waist size, saying that she "pulls jeans over her 14" hips," which sounds like a line from a mail-order wife catalog.

Read more here. City Pages has the original posted there.


penlan said...

OMG - that's disgusting!

penlan said...

I'm reading a fascinating book:

"The Family":
The Secret Fundamentalism At The Heart Of American Power

by Jeff Sharlet

If you haven't already read it I strongly suggest it. Even though it's U.S. focused as I read I see Harper all over it. Chilling!

Merry Christmas to you & yours & a Happy Blogging New Year!

The Mound of Sound said...

Thanks Penlan and a Merry Christmas to you as well!

Yes I managed to get my hands on "The Family" a while back. I got the very last copy at our local Chapters. It is indeed a good read. You should also check out Sharlet's article "Jesus Killed Mohammed" which you can find at the Harper's web site.

It describes the spread of Christian fundamentalism through American forces in Iraq. "Jesus Killed Mohammed" was emblazoned on the side of an armoured vehicle in Fallujah. As it drove along the streets, it brought enraged Muslims to their windows in anger. That's when the US crew turned their big guns on them. It's really quite sick.

Today both the American and the Israeli armies are said to have fallen prey to fundamentalist clerics. The US Air Force Academy has had its own problems with fundamentalist takeover.

With generals like Boykin and Petraeus leading the charge, it seems fundamentalist Christianity will remain a creepy and influential presence within the US forces.

penlan said...

Apparently there's a strong &,deep, connection to Canada with The Family. Saw the author interviewed on MSNBC - don't know if it was Rachel or Keith. Anyway he's coming out with another book sometime with a lot of info on that.
As you know they are entrenched in quite a lot of other countries as well.
Can't wait!

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