By Juanita Bratcher
Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine
Sometimes it’s hard to say good-bye to a politician who has done an excellent and effective job while in public office and has worked in the best interest of their constituency and the country as a whole.
But there is absolute joy when a â€œLoud-Mouthâ€ politician like Congressman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn), chair of the Tea Party Caucus, throws in the towel, one who should never have been elected to public office in the first place.
During her time in elective office, Bachmann has given very little or NOTHING in the way of political recourse or legislative effectiveness, but have given an extraordinary, continuous stream of “outrageous” nonsense (statements made), which took in fiery discourse, misinformation, incendiary talk and discussions in regards to political dialogue and the political landscape.
So, yes, it was a â€œHappy and Blessed Dayâ€ for many to hear that Bachmann will not run for another term in Congress. That was a choice made by Bachmann â€“ not Minnesota voters. Yet, had she run again it would have been a hard-sell and a tough struggle to get the go-ahead in squeezing another green light from the voters of Minnesota. Of course Bachmann thinks otherwise. When she announced on her website that she would not seek another term, she mentioned that her bowing out had nothing to do with investigations of her presidential campaign or campaign staff, or the possibility that she wouldnâ€™t win re-election.
Bachmann faces investigations by The Federal Election Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics in regards to her presidential campaign. A week ago, there were news reports that the FBI had joined in the investigation.
In announcing she would not run for re-election in 2014, Bachmann in her eight-and-a-half-minute video posted on her website stated:
“After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term. After serious consideration, I am confident that this is the right decision,â€ she said.
Bachmann also noted that her decision had nothing to do with an ethics probe investigation of her 2012 presidential campaign or that she would lose a re-election bid to Jim Graves, a Democrat, she defeated by a small margin in 2012.
â€œMy decision was not in any way influenced by any concerns about my being re-elected to Congress. I have every confidence that if I ran, I would again defeat the individual who I defeated last year, who recently announced he is once again running.â€
Bachmann added: â€œAnd rest assured, this decision was not impacted in any way by the recent inquiries into the activities of my former presidential campaign or my former presidential staff. It was clearly understood that compliance with all rules and regulations was an absolute necessity for my presidential campaign. And I have no reason to believe that that was not the case.”
Then Bachmann took a swipe at the media, the â€œliberal mediaâ€ as she refers to it.
â€I fully anticipate the mainstream, liberal media to put a detrimental spin on my decision. But I take being the focus of their attention of their disparagement as a true compliment of my public-service effectiveness.”
Frankly, there was never any â€œpublic service effectivenessâ€ in the way of Bachmannâ€™s public service career, and it certainly wonâ€™t happen in the few months she has left in office.
For a long time now, I have been haunted by a nagging question as to why the voters of Minnesota wouldnâ€™t do the American people a favor and vote Bachmann out of office â€“ that she was irrelevant to them and the country on issues that affected Minnesota and the American people. Bachmann seemed more interested in “showboating” than in doing something positive and constructive for Minnesotans, America and its people.
Bachmann, Congressmen Allen West and William “Joseph” Walsh all engaged in inflammatory talk, mudslinging and personal attacks in the political landscape of things. And their incendiary voices didnâ€™t play too well in the political scope of things.Â
After all, voters in Florida kicked Florida Rep. Allen West out of office in the November 2012 election, and Illinois voters stopped William â€œJosephâ€ Walsh (R-8th) dead in his tracks from getting a second term in office in 2012. Both West and Walsh are conservative Republican â€œloud mouths of destructionâ€ that didnâ€™t deserve another term in office and voters vehemently showed them the door â€“ returning them to average citizensâ€¦John Doeâ€™s.
Recently, a campaign was under way on the Internet urging voters to sign a petition to tell Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to take Bachmann off the House Select Committee on Intelligence. It was frightening to some voters that Bachmann had accessibility to highly sensitive information as a member of that awesome Committee. However, Boehner was the one who named Bachmann to that elite Committee in the first place.
Weâ€™re a country of many people, many ethnic groups and many opinions. We will never all agree on everything but we should have the patience and tolerance to listen to each otherâ€™s views when necessary. Then maybe we can find a compromising medium â€“ an understanding of what is good for the Country and its peopleâ€¦and not me, me, me or you, you, you, them, them, them, but as we or us.
Maybe Bachmann, West, Walsh and other extremist conservatives like them should take note of what Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States (1858-1919), said: â€œThis country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.â€
And to that, I say, AMEN.
Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 37 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.Â