Opinion: Michelle Bachman

Lucas Witherspoon
Lucas Witherspoon

Both Michele Bachmann and David Gregory have come under fire from liberal and conservative groups, respectively, for an interview on Meet the Press this past Sunday where Gregory grilled Bachmann on her excessive and well-documented condemnation of the LGBT community. Conservative groups will argue that Gregory focused too intensely on the subject of gay equality, and that the issue is irrelevant, though Bachmann herself has repeatedly stated that LGBT issues, in particular gay marriage, are significantly relevant, so important in fact that she desires the creation of a federal mandate that would bar same-sex couples from marrying (while divergently saying she believes in states’ rights). Liberal groups criticized Bachmann for essentially sticking to hazy talking points, when she has, in the past, proven herself to be stringently anti-gay.

Gregory goes on to play an audio clip from 2004, in which she describes being gay as “personal bondage.” Let’s face it, being gay can be bondage if you’re into the BDSM scene (I’m sure she could ask her husband about that). Otherwise, being comfortable with yourself and your sexuality is one of the most freeing and revelatory ordeals a person can experience, no thanks to people like Bachmann who saturate the public with counterfactual beliefs, such as the heterodoxy that heterosexuality is “the norm.” Scientific, biological, and historical understanding of human sexuality would all reiterate the fact that there is no “normal” form of sexuality, likely best summed up in a quote from Dorothy Parker: “Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.”

Here’s my thing: if you have the gall to acrimoniously label members of the LGBT community as sad, personally enslaved, disparaged, and sexually dysfunctional human beings, have the conviction to stand behind it. Ann Coulter may be a misinformed shrew, but at least she will argue and never falter in her beliefs until her last dying breath in order to convince you she is right and you are wrong. For that, I have a minuscule amount of respect for her; Michele Bachmann will never garner a modicum of respect from me, not only because of who she is and what she stands for, but because she can’t even stand behind her own words.

So while you, Michele Bachmann, may feel “profound compassion” for us gays, it’s I who feel compassion for you. At a time where I should loathe you for your submissive and antiquated ideas, inability to think for yourself, seeming ignorance to the world around you, and overall anti-feministic attitude, I can’t help but to feel sorry for you.

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