Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bachmann Flunks American History–Again

Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), considering a presidential run, displayed her ignorance of American history again. In January, she said that the founding fathers “worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States”–ignoring the fact that such founders as Washington and Jefferson owned slaves. In a speech to conservative activists in New Hampshire on Saturday, Bachmann offered the following mangled history lesson:

Bachmann: What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty. You're the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history.

Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics notes:

In fact, the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord that marked the first military engagements of the American Revolution took place in Massachusetts. But Bachmann did not correct her error when she referenced the battles again later in her speech.

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