Our United States / Nuestros Estados Unidos

Above: Rep. Bachmann of Minnesota and her shocking perspective via
the Chris Matthews Hardball show, Oct. 17, 2008. It must be seen to be believed,
and these rogue and dangerous words must be answered!

Above: The Nation Editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel‘s impassioned and resonant response. Brave soul, you inspire us all!


We must speak out against this hateful minority NOW. Follow the link here to sign a petition to censure Rep. Bachman. In a time when the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee also alludes to Pro and Anti-American pockets, we must, all of us, immediately speak out against them.

We cannot stay silent and simply witness this hateful direction. Who exactly are the people that will draw the lines of who is who and where and what they are? Will Rep. Bachmann, or people only like her define the good, the bad? Vanden Heuvel is correct, we must fear for our country when such voices emerge.

But this is America, let them come forth and be heard! We will listen to them,
smile knowingly, and then embrace them with the future! We will not let those voices return to our national stage, this is the 21st Century, and it will remain full of hope!

People of the world, this is America. We are fighting for our soul. Help us speak out against these fascist voices. It is not who we are, or what we can become.

Hermanas y hermanos, what we will become!

With everything that I am, and with what I hope will be just one to be heard amongst a sea of small and humble voices, I reject these words of fear and call on Representative Bachmann to renounce such hateful and divisive language.

Representative Bachmann, this is our United States of America, yours and mine, all of us together.

Nuestros Estados Unidos de América!

5 Responses to “Our United States / Nuestros Estados Unidos”

I signed and voiced my concern for the irresponsible words of a person who is put in a position of utmost responsibility. I stated that these words are salt on the still healing wounds of racism, classism and McCarthyism that still plague this country, and for someone that is a representative of the people to state such illicit and awful words is something I can never allow myself to condone with my silence.

It seems in this final month that there has been a fire stoked to rile up these notions of fear. I cannot believe we would fall prey to that for another four years.

Dylan C. Lathrop added these words on Oct 18 08 at 2:49 PM

Well said, Dylan.

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 19 08 at 8:54 AM

Desperate rhetoric. Dangerous. Feckless. I’m so ashamed this woman “represents Minnesotans”–more like her own cynical and reductive worldview. Haven’t we learned from history that fascism fails?

Elisabeth added these words on Oct 19 08 at 11:42 AM

I’m wondering how she reached this conclusion. I consider myself a fairly open-minded individual with the ability to assess where a person’s viewpoint comes from, but I’m at a loss here. I’m pretty sure anyone who achieves a political position of power here is immune to that word, “anti-American.” Can they be corrupt? Of course. McCarthy is a perfect example. However, if someone aspires to a political position it is to help that system, in this case American government, become better, to improve their country. As I said, that doesn’t mean their ideas are right, but the politician in question will always be entering the position in an attempt to change the country into what *they* believe to be a better place. Is improving (or changing) a system what grants the prefix, “anti?” If this is the case, isn’t our history comprised of nothing *but* anti-Americanism? I think Representative Bachmann and those like her need to take a good look at our past…

Mitchell Lewis added these words on Oct 19 08 at 5:49 PM

Interestingly, the censure petition has reached 46,620 as of Oct. 20, 11:07 AM. Bachmann’s opponent also raised $500,000 in the DAY following her statement. People are speaking out.

Erik Brandt added these words on Oct 20 08 at 10:24 AM

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