Amy Myers is a tenth grader in Cherry Hill, NJ. She labels herself as “a typical high school student.” (More on that later.)
Michele Bachmann is the distinguished Congresswoman from the 6th district of Minnesota. She is a founding member of the House Tea Party Caucus and is being strongly urged to consider a run for the presidency.
Amy Myers doesn’t much like Michele Bachmann. In fact one could say that her “typical” high school has infused her with an arrogance tinged by delusions of grandeur. For Amy Myers has publically challenged Rep. Bachmann to a duel. A duel of words to be sure, but a duel all the same.
The progbot blogs are giddy. They’re positively salivating over the prospect of Rep. Bachmann responding to Myers’ “challenge”, which she posted on the internet as an open letter.
Let’s have a look-see, shall we?
Dear Representative Bachmann,
My name is Amy Myers. I am a Cherry Hill, New Jersey sophomore attending Cherry Hill High School East. As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. The frequency and scope of these comments prompted me to write this letter.
How many “typical high school students” know the name of their own Congressman, let alone devote their attention to studying the speeches of representatives from other states? Methinks Amy Myers is a plant, or a brainwashed teen regurgitating the progressive pablum fed to her by feminist radicals masquerading as tenured educators.
No? See for yourself:
Though I am not in your home district, or even your home state, you are a United States Representative of some prominence who is subject to national media coverage. News outlets and websites across this country profile your causes and viewpoints on a regular basis. As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere. Though politically expedient, incorrect comments cast a shadow on your person and by unfortunate proxy, both your supporters and detractors alike often generalize this shadow to women as a whole.
Amy Myers, future Womyn’s Studies major! What a load of claptrap. Michele Bachmann does not have the “responsibility to better represent [her] gender nationally.” She has the responsibility to effectively represent the voters of her district. All of the voters, not just the feminut ones. Yes, that means the men, too.
But who knew Michele Bachmann was so powerful that her statements “serve an injustice to … women everywhere” because they are generalized to “women as a whole?” I thought only Sarah Palin had the ability to drive the batty old harridans to fits of apoplexy; now Michele Bachmann has Super Powers too? Yes, it’s BDS, The Sequel — Bachmann Derangement Syndrome!
Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:
She’s winding up, and here’s the pitch! As Oscar Wilde said, “In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.”
I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.
Got turned down by the producers of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, eh Amy?
Hopefully, we will be able to meet for such an event, as it would prove to be enlightening.
“Enlightening?” Why yes, I imagine it will be. For you Amy.
You see, everything you’ve been taught about the Constitution is wrong.
How do I know this? Because I too was subjected to the New Jersey public school system. Sure that was back when Fred Flinstone was president, but I don’t imagine the curriculum has gotten any less “progressive,” now has it?
In the 1970s Social Studies classes at Cedar Grove High School we were taught “civics” through the time-honored methodology of reading New York Times op-eds and editorials. When, of course, we weren’t being tutored in the nuances of how the Soviet Union’s latest Five Year Plan was destined to show that Nixon fellow who the Real Superpower was in the world.
Sounds like Amy’s teachers are operating from the same playbook. MoDo herself couldn’t have penned a more garish screed, especially after a glass or two of Beaujolais Nouveau.
As I recall, a few years after I escaped graduated high school the fellow who fed us that nonsense up and married one of his students. Because that’s what all the avant garde hipster teacher dudes did back then. All the girls had a crush on him; that whole “Truth to Power” thing is just so darn sexy.
Fortunately by then I’d come across a copy of The Federalist Papers. Publius, along with Alexis de Tocqueville and William F. Buckley, opened my eyes to the grandeur of the Founders’ vision. Liberty makes all men (and women) equal. Not government. Freedom requires that we take charge of our own destinies; waiting for someone else to sanctify our rights will of necessity place that person above us, where Almighty God should rightfully be.
Everything Amy needs to know about the true meaning of our Constitution can be summed up in this quotation from John Derbyshire:
“Wherever there is a jackboot stomping on a human face there will be a well-heeled Western liberal to explain that the face does, after all, enjoy free health care and 100 percent literacy.”
Freedom is not free. The freedom to try requires the freedom to fail, while granting each of us the opportunity to succeed. Our Constitution defines limits on the government; yet you have undoubtedly been taught that it is our government which “interprets” the Constitution as a means to arrogating its power. Alas, Publius would not know what to make of “emanations of penumbras” and the other New Age sophistry used to justify the modern welfare state.
I assure you young Amy, Michele Bachmann understands these lessons. You would do well to listen to her with an open mind rather than engage in pedantic mockery for Extra Credit and the amusement of lefty bloggers.