What can better sum up the current state of the Republican Party and its ties to the Religious Right than the fact that the day after Pat Robertson declared that Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake due to the fact that the nation “swore a pact to the Devil,” Rep. Michele Bachmann is profiled on The 700 Club, where Robertson introduces her as “one of the leading conservatives in America”:
Now, just three years into the job, Bachmann is a major voice against what she believes is an out of control government threatening the freedom of Americans.
“What we are seeing now is the rise of big government, and so, big government is now oppressing the American people with too much spending, too much taxes, too much regulatory burden,” she said. “We just saw the hate crimes law pass…really that bill is more about restricting free speech and free expression of American citizens, in contradistinction to the First Amendment that wants free speech and expression for all of Americans.”
Bachmann says the United States is blessed with a unique form of government, but the current administration is straying from what the founding fathers intended.
“Jefferson warned us over 230 years ago, be prepared. The natural way of government is to enslave you,” she explained. “And Jefferson said again, bind down big government with the chains of the Constitution. That’s what the effort was. Use these beautiful documents to limit man, not to grow man’s influence and oppress mankind.”
Bachmann believes the current growth of government’s influence will backfire.
“We have the most left-leaning, radical president we’ve ever had in the history of the United States. The most radical, left-leaning speaker of the House than we’ve ever had in the history of the United States and one of the most radical, left-leaning majority leaders in the Senate,” she said. “We have never had this type of radical view of government.”
The congresswoman has proven she’s not about to be silenced and she relies on God as her source of strength to endure the battle.
However, Bachmann isn’t the only one speaking her mind. Much like Sarah Palin, Bachmann has her share of critics who lash out against her in the media, online and on TV.
“Women are very competent, very intelligent. They can be very successful and make it on their own,” Bachmann said about why she’s under attack. “And I think that the left is very concerned [about] the message that myself and other women would be able to deliver. And I think that’s part of the reason why you see the attack to silence us as messengers.”
In fairness, Bachmann apparently sat down for this interview with CBN back in early December, around the time that she joined Robertson on-air for the first time, and the segment was finally ready to air today.