Freshly out of law school in 1988, Michele Bachmann went to work as a tax attorney for the IRS. When she was hired to prosecute delinquent taxpayers she was required to take the following oath:
I, Michele Bachmann, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Twenty-three years later she is a semi-serious candidate for the Republican nomination for president. However, the lions share of her support comes from a group of people that hate the IRS almost as much as they hate Barack Obama.
With the entry of Texas Governor Rick Perry into the race, Bachmann can no longer lay claim to being the most conservative person in the race, and suddenly her past employment with the
KGB IRS lingered as an issue that Perry might exploit.
So Bachman went into action. She decided to do a little preemptive damage control. At a campaign event in South Carolina she said:
“I went to work in that system because the first rule of war is ‘know your enemy,’” she said Thursday in South Carolina. “So I went to the inside to learn how they work because I wanted to beat them.
In her own words Mrs. Bachmann infiltrated the agency that is responsible for collecting the nation's tax revenues, with the purpose of undermining that very agency. She openly stated that the government that she swore to support and defend was the enemy.
Is there any difference between what Bachmann says that she did and a foreign enemy infiltrating the State Department? No.
If the American voters collectively lose their minds and send this empty suit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, can we trust her to not have her fingers crossed on Inauguration Day?
The truth about Michele Bachmann is much less sinister and much less complicated than she would have us believe with her shoot-from-the-hip blabbering. She's not a traitor... she's a liar... and a stupid one at that.
While playing cutesy with the Tea Party crowd did she not realize that her explanation as to why she fraternized with the enemy could be construed as an admission of disloyalty to the United States government that she now wants to lead?
When an earlier statement about being submissive to her husband came back to haunt her, she lied about that too and said that submission is the same as respect.
What Bachmann is really guilty of is making the assumption that American voters, other than the double-digit IQ ones that adore her every lame utterance, are dumb enough to believe her far-fetched and silly explanations.
Is Michele Bachmann a traitor? No. Is she a liar? Yes. Is she a moron? Yes.
Two out of three ain't bad.