Last week, a straw poll of all of the potential Republican candidates was taken in Iowa. Michelle Bachmann, Senator from Minnesota was the obvious front-runner with a bit more than 33% of Iowa Republicans supporting her. Ron Paul was not too far behind her at around 32%. However, the platform the senator has chosen to speak on creates a great stir for any individual.
Bachmann takes a far conservative stand on most political issues, which is only intensified by her support of the Tea Party Movement and her founding of the Tea Party Caucus in the Senate. Senator Bachmann was one who voted in favor in the decision to enter Iraq believing there would be a swift end to conflict and despite seeing uncertain ends, never suggested a pull-put date. Though she saw the dangers openly on a tour with Congress, the Senator still denied the risk of Al- Qaeda affecting the United States in a second attack.
She then took a conservative turn on matters regarding education. When the matter of lowering the interest of student loans and raising the rate of a Pell Grant she declined, believing that providing money for education in this way provided tax payers with gimmicks supposedly failing students as it turns them to private loans instead of government assistance.
Bachmann has in the past called global warming a hoax, despite a great amount of research proving otherwise. One of the gravest concerns about the senator is regarding her views on healthcare. She demands that the state does not take charge in the individual’s access to healthcare, but that each person finds his or her own way. She believes that government-aided healthcare would destroy the industry of privatized insurance companies.
Two other issues that come up when discussing the senator are her views regarding sexual matters. Senator Bachmann is 100% pro-life and it does not matter whether a child was conceived in rape or incest. Another issue is that she believes that the GLBTQ community should be treated for a disorder regarding their sexual identity with compassion, rather than accepting that they are part of the community.
Given all of the Senator’s views on society, I cannot support her. I’ m more than ready for a female president, but if she is it, then I will be worried for my life.
How about you?