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Intro: "Michele Bachmann is the first GOP candidate to sign a pledge committing her to fighting pornography and arguing homosexuality is curable. Michelle Goldberg on who might sign it next."

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks during the first 2012 Republican presidential candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, 06/13/11. (photo: Getty Images)
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks during the first 2012 Republican presidential candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, 06/13/11. (photo: Getty Images)

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+15 # rm 2011-07-08 18:00
This is great. Michele Bachmann puts Newt in a box. Now he will have to attack her for her religious lunacy in order to distract attention from him. Before it is over, the republican seven dwarfs will be scratching each others eyes out.

The republican party has degenerated to a gang of nearly single issue fanatics.

These idiots don't have the slightest idea what "sharia" is. Obviously they have not read the Qu'ran or studied Islam. They only quote each other -- the stupid leading the blind.

"Robust Childbearing" sounds pornographic and more like cruelty to children.

Oh well, these republicans will soon self destruct. They are not capable of doing anything other than making sound bite speeches. But then we will be stuck with Obama again and he will sell us all out to Wall Street and the Pentagon. At the rate he's going, by 2016 no one will have a job, we will be in 10 wars, the investment class CEOs will be making close to $1 billion a year, and 40% of Americans will be homeless.
 
 
+5 # Ninure 2011-07-09 06:26
No, the GOP-Tea Party will grow only stronger....

The more they spew hate, bigotry, and insanity the more they seem reasonable to White working class folks.

Just read your history on how the Nazis came to power...
 
 
+17 # miguel lopez 2011-07-08 21:10
RM I agree with all of your post except I think (and I hate to say it) you severly underestimate the power of stupidity in this country, especially in regards to politics.
 
 
+8 # wwway 2011-07-08 22:45
Pledge signing is pure folly. A representative government requires all interests to work together. Pledges tie the hands of those who are required to negociate. Bachmann and others just want to use the democratic process to convince Americans they want a theocratic dictatorship.
People get the government they deserve.
 
 
+5 # overanddone 2011-07-09 04:25
A Pledge to never raise taxes.
A pledge defeat Obama by any means necessary.
A pledge against lifestyle choices.
All by people who want to pledge to protect and defend the constitution.
For a party of candidates who tout their christian religion at every opportunity, don't the see the false Gods correlation of all these pledges before the one that should be the most sacred. Would President Bachmann not be Larry Flints' President, or the defender of the rights
of promiscuous Americans, Gay Americans,
Muslim Americans...
 
 
+6 # UNMLOBO 2011-07-09 05:30
Back in the 50's--when so many government employees were being required to sign loyalty oaths--it was pointed out by some that a person who desired to overthrow the government by force and violence would be the first to sign the oath--because it would give him/her cover to operate. This oath gives the same opportunity.
 
 
+5 # hjsteed 2011-07-09 05:37
One wonders if her "diseased" mind about homosexuality can be cured?
 
 
+5 # in deo veritas 2011-07-09 07:34
A theocracy would be equivalent to forced conversion. We have seen how well that technique worked in the past with native peoples being either enslaved or exterminated. The brand of "truth" these lunatics are advocating will not make us free. On the contrary the decline in church membership is the result of mixing religion with politics and it will be destructive to both. Of course these self-deluded damagogues will be the ones to profit from our folly.
 
 
+5 # mtnview 2011-07-09 09:35
An American theocratic form of Sharia. Hopefully as Bachmann keeps faith with the evangelical right, she will continue to alienate herself from those who understand and honor American history and the real Constitution. But never underestimate the power of stupidity.
 
 
0 # tom baxter 2011-07-09 11:48
Florida has severely discourage divorce by the simple expedient of making the divorce filing fee $1,000.
 
 
0 # Bill Holcomb 2011-07-09 15:38
The beauty of these pledges is that one can always accuse one's opponent of just pretending to agree with it while working against it. Voila! Instant dissension within the ranks!
 
 
+3 # Foxtrottango 2011-07-09 17:15
Perhaps it's time for all Americans to pledge not to vote for bigots, liars, corporate bought judges and crazy politicians.

Perhaps a national pledge might do it!
 

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