Bachmann renounces citizenship in gay-friendly Switzerland, blasts Obama for backing gay marriage

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Rejoice, people of Switzerland -- Minnesota is still stuck with them.
No doubt uncomfortable with the contrast between her avowed political views and the laws of the land in liberal-minded Switzerland, Michele Bachmann yesterday renounced her Swiss citizenship.

In a statement, Bachmann said she renounced her dual citizenship "because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America, and I am a proud American citizen. I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America."

Bachmann's challenger for the House's Fourth Congressional District seat, Democrat Jim Graves, quickly seized on the citizenship fiasco, saying through a spokesman that "Earlier this year, [Bachmann] was Iowan, earlier this week she was Swiss, and today she's an American."

"Jim Graves has always known where he's from, where he raised his family and where he built his businesses -- St. Cloud Minnesota [sic]."

Bachmann's renunciation came just one day after she blasted President Obama for coming out in support of gay marriage. Switzerland was the first nation to pass a same-sex union law granting gay couples the same rights and protections as opposite-sex couples, with a few exceptions.

Said Bachmann:
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Bachmann thinks Obama is being divisive by supporting greater inclusion. Whatever you say, Michele!
The President's announcement today shows how out of touch he is [with] the values of American families. The President continues to practice the politics of division and diversion. He's tried to divide the country over gender, education, class, and now he's attempting to divide families as a diversion to his failed economic policies that have affected all Americans...

...Americans know better and support traditional marriage... marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of our society.

 I will continue to protect traditional marriage, despite our president's decision to thumb his nose at the traditional institution of marriage.
In addition to the difference between Switzerland's LGBT policies and Bachmann's own views, there's also a glaring contrast between her health care stance and the prevailing Swiss laws. Switzerland has nearly universal health care coverage and mandates that its citizens purchase health insurance. But Bachmann, of course, is one of the most outspoken critics of Obamacare and the individual mandate included in the president's health care initiative.

So sorry to disappoint, those of you who spent the last couple of days dreaming about the Bachmanns defecting to Zurich -- sounds like we're still stuck with them for now. But assuming she and Marcus want to take another shot at getting dual citizenship, this time in a place where the prevailing attitudes are more in accordance with theirs, where should they look?

Hmm... frankly, it's hard to think of anywhere outside Amurika where Michele's zany brand of rock-ribbed, budget-slashing conservatism and up-in-your-business social engineering would play well.

Perhaps she and Marcus could colonize Mars?

See also:
-- Michele Bachmann is making shit up in her latest fundraising e-mail
-- Michele Bachmann becomes a Swiss citizen, hilarity ensues [CARTOONS]
-- Is Michele Bachmann's "tar baby" blast of President Obama a racial slur? [VIDEO]

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sjames6621
sjames6621

theres a word for her, but its unprintable.  Has to do with female parts

Nordeastmpls
Nordeastmpls

Michelle Bachmann.....the Stom Thurmond of the 2000s

Tilleena
Tilleena

Hey, I'm a moderate conservative.  I'm not a liberal just saying what I'm about to say and that is this be-otch needs to get gone.  C'mon Republicans, will someone pull this Barnum and Bailey circus act off the stage.  As a Minnesotan she is the worst embarrassment ever and makes all of us look stupid.  Especially if she gets re-elected.  Pa-leeze, stop the pain!

theoko
theoko

Too bad, I was hoping to find out a burning question about Michele Bachmann: can the voices in her head yodel?

JACC
JACC

I am renouncing my request for Swiss Miss hot chocolate. The government mandated marshmallows really tick me off!

Jen Boyles
Jen Boyles

Ironic that a severely right-wing Republican is pointing fingers at the president for dividing the country, when his support of marriage-for-all is at its heart INCLUSIVE.  "Division and diversion", Bachmann? Might as well be your own motto. 

Joe
Joe

Does anyone else hear circus music when they read this stuff?

sjames6621
sjames6621

the storm trooper of Eichamann who sent gays to the death camps.

sjames6621
sjames6621

I hope you realize she is little different then the tea party .  Ultimately they will lead to the destruction of our GOP

 

I'm ex repub tjhanks to bush and his horriffic war in iraq. Its your job to fix the party

green23
green23

 It wasn't too long ago that any CP article involving Bachmann would feature several crazy wing-nuts, shaking their elderly fists in fury and proclaiming that "the libs are scared" of Bachmann.

Now, no one even bothers defending her.

At best, we will get some deflection (e.g. "Obama is worse!") or a complaint that she gets too much coverage on CP. The latter is especially illuminating, because it indicates that the wing-nuts are embarrassed by her.  

She's managed to move beyond "punchline" status into the realm of stale catch-phrases that nobody even grins at anymore. She excites no one. She enrages no one. She annoys most people, and she has over-stayed her welcome.

Farty
Farty

Forcing people to change their concept of what an ancient human tradition is just because you think they should isn't at least a little teeny bit divisive?  Seriously? 

Erica
Erica

I also hear the motto "I go cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs" as well. lol

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

The philosophy you espouse in your fourth paragraph contradicts the last sentence in your third paragraph.

Constantly ripping on the train wreck that is MB is like teasing a retarded kid...it's too easy and lacks any creativity. Like your last paragraph says, nobody is shocked by anything she does anymore, so why is she news?

Brian
Brian

When you mention this "ancient human tradition" does this mean that you include the "chattel" aspects of "traditional" marriage? Probably not. Why? Because marriage has evolved. 

You see, it is not about you. You can still believe what you want, your marriage is secure--unless you mess it up. But, if two dudes or two ladies get married you are still entitled to your "concepts." 

But, those individuals are also entitled to their own pursuit of happiness. 

Joe
Joe

 Also, no one is forcing anyone to change what they think and believe.  No one ever has.  The comments in Disqus are proof enough of that.  No one is going to force a church to do anything.  Churches still have the right to marry whoever they want.  However, we can and WILL change laws that are unjust. Our own evolving history is proof enough of that.

Joe
Joe

Gay is older.

Erica
Erica

Even if his recent comments about gay marriage was all about politics, at least he has done more for gay rights than any of the past presidents like getting rid of DADT. That said, I wish Obama would have been more "enlightened" on this issue long before he started his campaign for a second term because right now I am more inclined to think that his announcement was just to get the LGBT vote.

sjames6621
sjames6621

some of hte craziest people in history have been brilliant.

 

Look at how AH took over Germany via election as an example. And got the people to follow him to ruin.

 

I remember my parents saying that sometimes genius and insantity were cousins.

 

Floyd MacGillicutty
Floyd MacGillicutty

Just a comment from someone who lives in CA (and has for 25 years) but is about to move to MN in July.  Bachmann is most definitely news, and not just "sometimes news" as effeminate dad seems to think.  She is the most identifiable Minnesotan here in California, even more identifiable than Al Franken, unfortunately.  When I or my wife tell people we are moving to MN, 70% of them immediately refer to MB (and the other 30% refer to Prince).  She has absolutely tarnished the state's reputation in regions outside of MN, which I'd imagine is sometimes hard to see when you're so close to it. 

It may be true that we have become desensitized to her idiotic comments and behavior.  But she's still a nationally-recognized elected official with considerable power.  We should never stop being shocked by her idiocy.  That's why she remains a daily fixture in the news here in CA and elsewhere.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Yes. She is a retarded kid and yes a retarded kid could probably do a betterjob than she could. Yes I understand she is a MN Rep, she is sometimes news, but not everyday, sometimes twice a day. I rip on the bitch too, don't act like I'm defending her stupidity. It lacks any type of journalistic credibility to continually focus on her, and anyone who "cant't believe she just said that!" needs to really start paying attention to things that actually matter. The latter is the reason why the world is as fucked up as it is.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Ripping on her is like making fun of a retarded kid?Are you implying she's retarded?Or are you implying that retarded kids are equally as qualified as her to run for political office and vote and implement complex legal and public strategies that will care for the populous?

Or are you trying to relate two completely un-relatable things in an effort to defend someone that everyone rips on for being a complete idiot?

She has overstayed her welcome to most people, that's true.  People are really not enraged by her anymore, she's a joke.  People now just expect the crazy and stupid at this point, they don't think much of it anymore.  How are those things contradictory to not receiving as strong of a defense as she did in the past for exuding the same stupidity?  That actually sound perfectly justifiable.

Also, this is news for the fact that she is an elected official, who is *presumably* intelligent enough to come up with policy decisions and laws that govern the state.  If she is not important enough to be 'news' she should also be not important enough to hold office.  She is in the party that stresses personal responsibility, is she not?  Maybe we all should hold her accountable for her idiocy.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Better re-read the thread then. Anybody who spends most of their life in one particular belief system is a tard.

regular dad
regular dad

efemme dad, you just got worked by green23 - and immediately resorted to name calling instead of attempting to refute what was said. Anyone using "___-tard" as an insult has the maturity of a grade school child. You're a child, and you'll never develop - probably due to some deeply rooted insecurity. Who lacks critical thinking again?

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

You've never been taught critical thinking, only memorization. You can't rationalize your argument. You pay attention to propaganda, not information. Your only comeback is a " no I'm not, you are" type comment. Common libtards are hopeless.

green23
green23

 It's "news" in the same way that any washed-up celebrity doing or saying something stupid is "news".

CP's blog isn't CNN. it's a *blog*. What constitutes "news" on a blog is far broader than what would constitute "news" on the NYT, LA Times, or AP sites.

There is no contradiction in the things that you point out. For years, Bachmann has been the heroine of the Tea Party movement. They *wanted* her in the news. Conservatives would complain that the MSM was *ignoring* her "message". They really thought that Bachmann's position as a Congresswoman gave their movement credibility, and they were *proud* of her.

Now they *aren't* proud of her. They just want her to keep her mouth shut, and minimise any mental associations between her and the conservative agenda. That was my point, and it contains no contradictions.

I suggest that you look back at earlier threads involving Bachmann and comments made by conservatives. They didn't view her a "retarded kid" and, as I said, that wasn't that long ago. Kirk spent over a year saying that "the libs" were scared of Bachmann, and MN Voter repeatedly predicted that she would be President.

Now you want to act like nobody ever took her seriously. I think that you just proved my point: you're a conservative, she embarrasses you, and you wish that she would just go away. But you're stuck with her.

I think that the "story" here is a bit "meta". Usually CP could rely on Bachmann articles to drive hundreds of comments and thousands of pageviews, because there were *plenty* of conservatives willing to defend her strenuously. It really speaks to her spectacular collapse that most conservative responses now are reduced to "Quit writing about Bachmann". And the spectacular collapse of a Minnesota Congresswoman is news.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

You think the LGBT vote was going to sway toward Romney otherwise?  He already had those votes, I'm pretty sure.

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