Most of us enjoy a little political diversity in our families. There are liberals who argue with conservatives who argue with libertarians who argue with socialists...and we all ignore the anarchists sulking in the basement. Most families disagree respectfully and most of us all consider each other good people and good Americans.
I guess some Republicans disagree. Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn) thinks liberals are un-American and worthy of a purge, Stalin-style. Or at least she did before she shot off her mouth on national TV and her opponent raised a million bucks in the days following. And US Rep Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) thinks liberals hate "real Americans," you know, the people who believe in God.
Bachmann is now trying to say that she got caught in some sort of rhetorical trap by Hardball host Chris Matthews when she said that she thinks Barack Obama's views are un-American and that there should be an investigation of members of congress to ferret out their freedom hating views as well.
"I did not say that Barack Obama was anti-American, nor do I believe Barack Obama is anti-American. He loves his country, just as everyone in this room does," she told St. Cloud Times on Tuesday. "Nor did I call for an investigation of members of Congress for their pro-American or anti-American views. That is not what I said."
Except that it is what she said.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: So this is a character issue. You believe that Barack Obama may -- you're suspicious because of this relationship -- may have anti-American views. Otherwise, it's probably irrelevant to this discussion.
REP. MICHELE BACHMANN, R-MINN.: Absolutely. I absolutely...
MATTHEWS: Do you believe that... Barack Obama may have anti-American views?
BACHMANN: Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti- American views. That's what the American people are concerned about. That's why they want to know what his answers are. That's why Joe the plumber has figured so highly in had the last few days...
MATTHEWS: OK. I just want to get off this...
BACHMANN: What I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look. I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think people would love to see an expose like that.
If answering a direct question is some sort of "trap" then can we seriously consider her worthy to represent Minnesota in the US House of Representatives?
Hayes too seems to only voice his concern that "liberals hate America" when he thinks there's no chance of that ugly thought getting out to a larger audience. When the original quote broke he lied and claimed to have never said that and implied that once again the "liberal media" was out to smear conservatives. But here's exactly what he said:
Sarah Palin — she's a lady that can get 'er done. She's been in Alaska. She got 'er did! Folks, there's a real America, and liberals hate real Americans that work, and accomplish, and achieve, and believe in God. That's a great comparison.
Don't take my word for it, ThinkProgress has the audio.
It's one thing to say that people with whom you disagree are un-American, and act that is in and of itself un-American. We are a country of differing views. That has been our tradition since the founding of this nation and the reason why we have different parties represented in different branches of government. We are not a one-party state and we are not required to toe the party line of those in the majority. It's additionally slimy that these dopes try to hide their true feelings and then blame the media when their caught talking out of school. Are these the people honorable conservatives want to be associated with?