— Star Tribune
Rep. Michele Bachmann gets media play on her stated intention not to complete the U.S. Census Survey. Today, she sends an email blast soliciting donations before the fund raising filing period ends June 30th. An excerpt:
She pretty much lays out all her obsessions, but my topic today is the Census. She says:
I asked you to read the census for yourself and see what you think. [Though apparently only Congress members have copies of the new forms, so you'll have to rely on sources like this one: PDF.]
Bachmann links to a recent Glenn Beck appearance, in which Beck summons up visions of ACORN members asking Census questions (not true) and the Feds using non-compliance as a "loophole" to take away his gun permit.
Bachmann fumes, "'Are you a U.S. Citizen?' One question they don't ask is resident status."
The short form doesn't ask it, but it appears the longer community survey does. That should satisfy Bachmann's need to estimate the extent of the illegal immigration problem. But she wants it both ways: Let's preserve privacy and root out aliens. But not the way they did it in 1940's with the Japanese, not that I'm saying we would... just that it happened once. I'm not filling it out, but I'm not saying people shouldn't fill it out. But why does the federal government need your phone number?
So ACORN can call you and ask for donations to support terror, of course.
At bottom, this is typical Bachmann — combining fear of the other, paranoia about government, extreme self-righteousness (while criticizing elitists), a demand for personal privacy while refusing it to others and celebrating knownothingism while trying to defeat anything (including the Census) that might challenge this rickety system of self-delusion. Plus asserting a lie forcefully over and over while denying any responsibility should others act in response to the lie.