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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) does not like to be out of the news cycle for even a moment. While the national media was focused on potential destruction, in the form of Hurricane Irene and the earthquake, Bachmann was off the radar for a moment.
She didn’t seem to like it. So, she said something wacky and voila, we are back talking about the presidential candidate. Bachmann told a Florida crowd on Sunday that the hurricane and the earthquake were messages from God to warn “politicians” to start listening to divine guidance. It is weird to me that God is worried about that stuff when millions of people go to be hungry and stuff but what do I know.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’”
Bachmann said in front of approximately 1,000 people. “Listen to the American people, because the American people are roaring right now,” Bachmann continued. “They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
Bachmann, as crazy as her comments were, is not even the first to make the tenuous connection between two natural events and some wrath of God . Glenn Beck, radio personality, stated the events were a warning to the American people. “How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve?
This hurricane that is coming through the East Coast, for anyone who’s in the East Coast and has been listening to me say ‘Food storage!’ ‘Be prepared!’” Beck said. “If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you you’re not in control.”
I find it interesting that people like Bachmann and Beck can link a natural disaster to some politic policies but it is blasphemy to even suggest that our foreign policies may have caused 9/11- a manmade disaster. That seems so much more plausible to me.
Bachmann’s spokesperson, Alice Stewart, said the comments were made in jest and not serious. I am not sure about that though. The very day a hurricane is hitting the northeast and people are losing their lives isn’t really a good time to make a joke about it. Either Bachmann was being serious or she is very insensitive.