The Head and Not the Tail

-Submitted by David Drumm (Nal), Guest Blogger

During the Republican presidential debate on Monday, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann announced that she had filed paperwork for a 2012 run. She has a J.D. from Oral Roberts University and an LL.M. degree in tax law from the William & Mary Law School, and worked as an attorney representing the IRS.

During Monday’s debate, she responded to a question about the U.S. involvement in Libya with the phrase, “We are the head and not the tail.” That phrase, with a slight rewording, comes from Deuteronomy 28:13, “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail,” and is a rallying cry for the New Apostolic Reformation. In theocratic circles, it’s used to explain why they have been chosen by God to take Christian dominion over the earth. It is a “dog whistle” that will appeal to the evangelical right in upcoming primaries.

In a June 2008 speech, from the floor of the U.S. Congress, about the high price of energy, Bachmann said:

We can be less dependent on foreign oil. In fact, we can become independent of foreign oil and we can become a leading exporter of energy to the world and we can become the head, and not the tail. [emphasis added]

During an interview by Iowa Public Television on the price of gas, Bachmann stated:

People are very upset right now and rightly so, gasoline is about $4.00 a gallon, they haven’t seen the economy turn around and what I want people to know is that this is not systemic, we don’t have to stay this way.  We can again be the head and not the tail in America. [emphasis added]

Bachmann has also been a long time fan and promoter of faux-historian David Barton, who appeals to those who prefer their history tailored to match their desires. While at Oral Roberts University, Bachmann was greatly influenced by former Professor John Eidsmoe who argued that the United States was founded as a Christian theocracy, and that it should become one again.

The Wisconsin Tea Party dropped Eidsmoe from a speaking engagement when it was discovered that he had spoken before the League of the South, labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Imagine that, too racist for the Tea Party.

H/T: The Daily Beast, Talk to Action, Rachel Tabachnick.

38 thoughts on “The Head and Not the Tail”

  1. Well….when we occupy something…does that not mean that we own it…see now its not really like being dependent on foreign oil…. commandeering things seems to work for us in some respects….Just ask Dick…..Haliburton nose….still part of the head….

  2. That’s not a substantive answer, Mall.

    But it’s what one expects from a mostly empty building.

  3. At this point in search I can’t find that the Al Gore lawsuit was initiated.

    Since 2008 as I have learned about the U.S. Corrupt Judicial System I think such a merit-filled lawsuit would probably be futile.

    The U.S. Government, with its Judicial System, is a criminal organization.

  4. BVM,

    Find proof of the lawsuit yet?


    Mike S.,

    I guess I’m not familiar with BVM. Thanks for the information.

  5. Elaine,

    You remember BVM don’t you. Really Batshit crazy, but stupidly sincere.


    Isn’t that video clip from 2008? I can’t find proof that 30,000 scientists actually sued Al Gore. Did you note what is printed on the screen below the picture of Coleman and the man interviewing him?


  7. Bachman is intelligent but completely and fervently captured by an insane world view. In that sense she is probably the most dangerous politician in America.

  8. Here’s a few figures to help explain Bachmann’s appeal to the GOP big wigs.

    The Minnesota 6th Congressional District is rated at a +7 GOP wherein approximately 304,000 of the residents vote. In her three runs for office, Bachmann has performed thusly:

    ’06 – 151,248
    ’08 – 187,817
    ’10 – 159,949

    So, in her district she’s a vote getter. But, more importantly, during her last run in 2010 she raised at least $70.00 per vote. Like Palin, Bachmann is a fund raising machine.

  9. From Think Progress:
    10 Of The Craziest Things Michele Bachmann Has Ever Said

    (1) BACHMANN WARNED ‘THE LION KING’ WAS GAY PROPAGANDA: At the November 2004 EdWatch National Education Conference, Bachmann said the “normalization” of homosexuality would lead to “desensitization”: “Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of ‘The Lion King’ for instance, and a teacher might say, ‘Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?’ The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.”

    (3) BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT SCIENTISTS ARE SUPPORTERS OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN: During a 2006 debate, Bachmann said, “There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design.” This was, and is, not true.

    (6) BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT CARBON DIOXIDE IS ‘HARMLESS’: In 2008, a Stanford scientist revealed “direct links” between increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and “increases in human mortality” — globally, he found that as many as “20,000 air-pollution-related deaths per year per degree Celsius may be due to this greenhouse gas.” The next year, Bachmann, who is not a scientist, said that “carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.”

    (7) BACHMANN CALLED FOR A CONGRESSIONAL WITCH HUNT: Pivoting off the news of Barack Obama’s alleged relationship to former Weather Underground member William Ayers, and his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bachmann accused the candidate of having “anti-American views.” She then suggested that Congressional liberals — including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid — ought to be subject to “an exposé” by the media because of their views. “I think people would love to see like that,” she told a stunned Chris Matthews.

    (10) BACHMANN CLAIMED THAT GLENN BECK COULD SOLVE THE DEBT CRISIS: During a February trip to South Carolina, Bachmann told a South Carolina audience, “I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve this [the national debt].”

  10. Occasionally I play a little thought experiment where I try and honestly figure out at what point does someone’s religious beliefs play a role in my voting or not voting for them. The answer is almost always, when they’ve been proven to determine how that person handles their office. That pretty much covers Rep. Bachmann.

  11. Funny, I always thought of Batshit Bachmann as more of a top than a bottom. But make no mistake, she is 100x smarter than Sarah Failin. If you have not noticed she disappeared for a few weeks recently, the ‘new and improved’ Batshit Bachmann has only be on the shelves for a month. Notice she has stopped saying the most insane things she was famous for. She has toned down the open hate, using the dog whistle instead. She is dead serious and God help us all if she gets within 20 minutes of the Oval Office because we will look back fondly at the incompetent blunder of W – if we are still alive.

  12. As an attorney for the IRS. I guess she never saw or acknowledged this video:

    Critical video: “America: Freedom to Fascism”

    “The Film Determined to find the law that requires American citizens to pay income tax, producer Aaron Russo (“The Rose,” “Trading Places”) set out on a journey to find the evidence. This film which is neither left, nor right-wing is a startling examination of government. It exposes the systematic erosion of civil liberties in America since 1913 when the Federal Reserve system was fraudulently created. Through interviews with U.S. Congressmen, a former IRS Commissioner, former IRS and FBI agents and tax attorneys and authors, Russo connects the dots between money creation, federal income tax, and the national identity card which becomes law in May 2008. This ID card will use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips which are essentially homing devices used to track people. This film shows in great detail and undeniable facts that America is moving headlong into a fascist police state.”

    Note: The U.S. Government has violated the same law used to prosecute and convict the Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials in 1945-1949.

    The U.S. Government = Nazis

  13. Funding Wars of Aggression is a War Crime. Rep. Michele Bachmann is a war criminal and with her acquiescence of the Bush / Obama crimes she is a co-conspirator most recently in the attempted cover-up Obama’s forged birth certificate.

    Here is one War Funding bill vote that passed, of which there are many, exposing some of the War Criminals in the Congress. They voted ‘Yea’ on H.R. 2642: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008. Each ‘Yea’ vote is a War Crime.



  14. Oral Roberts
    Bob Jones

    Bad news for you clowns, but Jesus wasn’t a Founding Father and they not only did not want to found a theocracy, but they also took specific steps to prevent theocratic rule from arising in this country.

    Why anyone takes your law graduates for anything other than a joke is simply a reflection of the pitiful elementary civics education our children are getting under the GOP Plan to Enslave the Ignorant and Stupid by De-funding Schools.

  15. Michele Bachmann, tax attorney… for the IRS
    Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by GottaLaff

    “The other night I was live tweeting the GOP debacle debate, and I was bombarded by nasty, and mostly stupid, tweets by right wing nut jobs who found it somehow cathartic to call me a “libtard”. I reminded them that their BFF Sarah Palin wouldn’t appreciate that term, but that doesn’t matter now.

    What does matter is that they crowed about how their newest BFF, Michele Bachmann, is highly intelligent. Why? Because, you silly “libtards”, she was a professional tax attorney! She went to school for that, you know.

    Hey, I can admit that sometimes tea baggers can be correct, just as a stopped clock is twice a day.


    Did these ardent Bachmann groupies check into who she represented? Wiki:

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