Bachmann Stirs Base, Pans Socialism in Speech

Nov 7, 2011 1:01pm

President Obama’s policies will strip the United States of its sovereignty and slyly slip the country into socialism, GOP contender Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday to a group of conservative activists.

In a speech titled  ”Core of Conviction,” which is also the title of Bachmann’s new book, scheduled for release Nov. 21, Bachmann found ways to work in the phrase, or something similar to it, no less than five times.

Invoking the states’ rights of the 10th Amendment and the morality of the 10th Commandment, Bachmann accused the president of legislating from the Oval Office and warned that “America needs to open its eyes.”

“The president’s economic policies, most notably ‘Obamacare,’ represent the most ambitious social-economic engineering project in the history of this country,” Bachmann said Monday at the Family Research Council.

Bachmann said the 10th Commandment, the biblical prohibition against coveting anything someone else has, underpins her opposition to the president’s health care proposal.

“The 10th Commandment teaches those shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods. It’s time to act on this self-evident truth.  …  America needs to open its eyes.  Look at Europe. Focus your attention on Greece.  Socialism is unsustainable.  There simply isn’t enough money to pay for all the wants of all the people.”

Bachmann also pointed a finger at fellow Republicans believed government had a responsibility to provide health care.

“But sadly, far too many Republicans aspire to be frugal socialists. The reason President Obama and some Republicans can get behind socialized medicine is because they share the same core political philosophy about the purpose of government,” she said.

Though the United States has signed the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is one of only two countries; the other is Somalia, which has yet to ratify it. President Obama said he wants the Senate to ratify the treaty, but the agreement has long been held up by conservative groups like the Family Research Council. Those groups fear it supplants federal and state law with international law.

“Virtually all American law regarding parents and children is state law. And this U.N. treaty contains scores of rules that contradict existing American law regarding medical care, education, religion and virtually every area of parental decision making.  This treaty threatens the most basic unit of government that the Family Research Council and many of the organizations represented here today attempt to defend, the family.”

Calling the U.N. a “threat to the American family,” Bachmann said that if elected she would “withdraw the signature of the United States from this treaty and every other unratified U.N. treaty of this type.”

Bachmann made a point to reiterate her position on those social issues held dear by the Family Research Council – opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.

“I am not confused by what it means to be 100 percent  pro-life.  I am both personally and publicly pro-life.  I believe it is the role of government to protect life from conception to natural death.  I’ll never be confused about that issue, and you won’t find You.Tube clips with me advocating otherwise.  For starters, Planned Parenthood will be zeroed out if I am president.”

Bachmann said she fully supported an amendment to the Constitution that would define  marriage as between a man and a woman.

“I will also work to protect the American family from activist judges who are trying to dismantle marriage as a legal institution solely between one man and one woman,” she said.

“Some Republican candidates seem confused about this issue.  I am not — it is the core of my conviction.   I want a federal marriage amendment so the courts cannot impose their will on us,” Bachmann said.

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