Burns, Bachmann and Smith: A Gruesome Threesome

Many of the Tory Party’s extreme ideas come from the American Right. In the United States, the Tea Party is supported by a wide variety of right-wing think tanks like Cato and The American Enterprise Institute, as well as the Koch (pronounced ‘coke’) Brothers, who provide them with millions of dollars of funding.

I saw this photograph on Conor Burns’ Twitter timeline. Burns, who recently complained about Oxfam for being ‘socialist’ because the charity dared to question the government’s austerity policies and their effect on ordinary people’s lives, was formerly a Hammersmith and Fulham councillor along with Donal ‘Fulham Homes for Fulham People’ Blaney. Both of them formed the Young Britons’ Foundation, a sort of right-wing entryist group. Burns (left) is pictured here with fellow YBFer, Greg Smith (right), the new leader of the Tory group and Michele Bachmann of the Tea Party. They apparently had dinner together.

Burns, Bachmann and Smith

 

Isn’t that nice?

Here are a few of the mindless things Bachmann has said. This one demonstrates her extraordinary ignorance on slavery.

“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President”.

Regarding the very anti-intellectual Tea Party, she said:

“Our movement at its core is an intellectual movement.”

She’s an advocate of paying people poverty wages too. No surprise there, given her ahistorical take on slavery.

“If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.”

On CO2 emissions, she had this to say:

“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.”

Carbon dioxide is harmless, eh? Well, you try breathing it then.

No wonder the Tories are a clueless, spiteful, ruthless, anti-intellectual bunch: they take most of their weird ideas from the Tea Party. But that lets them off the hook slightly. The Tories have always been spiteful and clueless. Their anti-intellectualism, however, is as American as apple pie.

Oh and did I mention that Bachmann is apparently a fan of Ludwig von Mises?

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6 responses to “Burns, Bachmann and Smith: A Gruesome Threesome

  1. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    The Cat here shows the connection between Michele Bachmann and the American Tea Party and the former Hammersmith and Fulham Tory councillors Conor Burns and Donal Blaney. He also produces some prize examples of Bachmann’s complete lack of understanding of slavery, poverty and the anti-intellectualism of the very movement she is a member. I am honestly not surprised. The Tory party has taken over a whole raft of stupid, punitive and vicious policies from the stupid, punitive and vicious Republicans. As for Bachmann herself, I think it was her, but it may have been Sarah Palin, who said that she decided to get involved in politics after she was incensed a TV show in which they dared to point out that the Founding Fathers all owned slaves. She then announced that the Founding Fathers worked tirelessly to end slavery, forgetting that in fact it was only ended in 1860 or so, about eighty years after the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution. There’s also been a book published recently that has argued that the driving motive for America’s secession from the Empire was that the British were threatening to emancipate the slaves, something that the Founding Fathers, with their absolute belief in the inviolability of private property and their own large slave holdings, could not tolerate. See the review of this in Lobster 68.

  2. Is C02 harmful? – the answer is quite complex. First of C02 isn’t toxic but an asphyxiant. It displaces oxygen and it’s the lack of oxygen that actually kills, although high concentrations of C02 can result in acidosis. Carbon dioxide is vital to plant life as it’s photosynthesis that forms the basis of all life – plants use C02 to make sugars leaving oxygen as a by-product. The main danger associated with C02 is that as a greenhouse gas which is contributing to the heating of the planet and with it, a change in weather patterns. Methane is more potent a greenhouse gas than C02 so unless we refrain from eating ruminants (like your Big Mac) there’s not much we can do about it. Mind you humans also fart out loads of methane – particularly vegetarians 😉 – and there’s very many of us.

    • I reckon Bachmann is one of those headbangers who believes that the greenhouse effect is a left-wing conspiracy to stop people from freely polluting the air. 😀

    • Florence

      I would suggest that the methane contribution from farmed animals far exceeds the human contribution! Each cow may produce up to 40 litres daily of “gas”, and that would far exceed any human (some may disagree if they live with curry & lager flat mates, but vegetarians actually produce less than meat eaters, usually). Paddy fields are also significant methane sources from agricultural activity. And plants also give off CO2 when respiring in the dark. But otherwise, spot on,

      • I would suggest that the methane contribution from farmed animals far exceeds the human contribution!

        A good reason for all of us to go veggie if ever there was one. 😉

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