The first was TJ. Then came Samantha, Aaron, Nick, and Kevin. Over the past two years, a total of nine teenagers have committed suicide in a Minnesota school district represented by Rep. Michele Bachmann—the latest in May—and many more students have attempted to take their lives. State public health officials have labeled the area a “suicide contagion area” because of the unusually high death rate.
Some of the victims were gay, or perceived to be by their classmates, and many were reportedly bullied. And the anti-gay activists who are some of the congresswoman’s closest allies stand accused of blocking an effective response to the crisis and fostering a climate of intolerance that allowed bullying to flourish. Bachmann, meanwhile, has been uncharacteristically silent on the tragic deaths that have roiled her district—including the high school that she attended.
"He turns around and says, ‘Gee, I have nothing to do with the current deficit.’ Well, that’s interesting! You can’t say the new governor created the deficit. You can’t say the new legislature created the deficit. If the outgoing governor didn’t create the deficit, my heavens, who did? We should have a search party to find out who did it!"
The GOP presidential candidate launched his campaign yesterday with a fancy video and a promise to tell the truth to the American people. Well, except for when it comes to his record on climate change. And spending cuts. And the Wall Street bailout. You know, maybe this “truth” thing isn’t working out so well.
Here’s Minnesota State Sen. Dan Hall making the “my best friends are minority” argument against school integration. Minnesota Republicans voted unanimously to eliminate funding for desegregation programs.
"I’m thankful that you are the first in the nation state because you are the liberty state," Bachmann said. "That is your charge. You keep that baton of liberty. You’ve done it very well for almost 20 generations from the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and I’m sure the very first one came up to New Hampshire and said, ‘This is where I want to be.’"
Several school-aged children attended the event, which was held at the site of a planned private high school.
Bachmann sprinkled in remarks related to her concerns about the public education system with her calls for fiscal restraint.
"I don’t think that our public schools are necessarily the place where one fixed set of political beliefs should be imposed on students," Bachmann said. "I think that knowledge, facts, and information should be on the table, and let students decide what their beliefs should be."
Speaking of beliefs, Michele Bachmann, I believe that the Pilgrims did land at Plymouth Rock, and that Plymouth Rock isn’t on New Hampshire’s 18-mile coastline. But everyone’s entitled to their beliefs, right?