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Are You Smarter Than A Sophomore?

Updated on June 29, 2011

Answering The Challenge

Michele Bachmann, the leader of the Congressional 'Tea Party' Caucus, and potential 2012 Republican Candidate received a challenge from an unlikely source. Not Rachael Maddow, not Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, not Keith OIberman, but a New Jersey high school sophmore. Of course, when, like Rep Bachmann, you think the Founding Fathers played a role in the abolition of slavery and think that Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business, your knowledge of politics and society may have a right to be questioned. Rep Bachmann obviously forgot about the compromise to count a slave a three-fifths of a person, and how many of the Founding Father's owned slaves.

Of course, perhaps Bachmann, like the people she claims to be a voice of, forget that the history of America seems to be one of groups organizing against the powerful and needing the government to get those rights; be it African-Americans, Women, or Workers. This is the spirit the Tea Party tries to invoke, but more and more it seems to me and other that the Tea Party is little more than an attempt to stage a corporate takeover of the US.

And that doesn't even cover the Constitution. I wonder how Rep. Bachmann would answer challenges on how the Founding Father's would reconcile last years decision giving corporations unlimited rights to influence elections, or the recent decision allowing police the rights to enter a building without a warrant or warning.

Perhaps the reluctance from Rep Bachmann, and rage from the right, is the fact that there's fear that this 'kid' could show how ignorant many of the Tea Party allies are. That they're not populists, they're pawns of their corporate masters and it mouthpieces. That they support ideas that are against the documents they claim to uphold.

Or Bachmann knows that she's not as smart as a high-school sophomore.


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    • Deni Edwards profile image

      Deni Edwards 6 years ago from california

      Hypocrisy at its best...

      You hit the nail on the head.

    • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY

      I would like to respond to this statement in your article--"I wonder how Rep. Bachmann would answer challenges on how the Founding Father's would reconcile last years decision giving corporations unlimited rights to influence elections"

      I don't feel speech is drown out by corporations.The media is a corporation also and you wouldn't want the government controlling thier speech. The first admendment protects free speech who ever it is who is speaking, whether an individual or a group of individuals making up a corporation. The key here is that the "speech" is protected , the first admendment says nothing of the speaker

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      The tea party are just stooges for Thurston Howell and the plutocrats. To be honest she is not smarter than a 5th grader!! We always need to reminded as to what mindlessness is out there among the right pretending to be perfectly legitimate, thanks again TPC. Tell Mr. Crow, that Tea Party interpretation of what is "getting back to the Constitution" is suspect. Why wasn't they around when Bush/Cheney was in business? Seems a bit ingenuous to me....

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      But what of the things I spoke of? The unlimited power that corps now have, the power police have to search without warrants or warning.

      I think Fay's closer to it that you, or the corps that bankroll the "Tea Party" and fund it's voices, are.

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      Ken Crow 6 years ago from Iowa, USA

      I believe they are referring to things like " forcing American's to purchase things they don't want to Ie: the 10th Amendment. Things like taking over auto companies, the banking industry, putting the Insurance Industry out of business, Net neutrality (there's one for you, research that one ), telling radio stations how much of what political party they may partake in. The list goes on and on, such as " Imminenet Domain laws" that are currently being used at alarming rates. Telling you what you can feed your child for lunch at school...Want me to keep going, I can.....

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      I keep trying to figure out what they mean about getting back to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers. Do they mean slavery and when women couldn't vote? Do they mean the disenfranchisement of poor whites. What are they talking about?

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      Ken Crow 6 years ago from Iowa, USA

      TPC: Get ready my friend, for the fact is the Tea Party is growing and growing rapidly. Are they " ALL " stupid in your viewpoint. Keep in mind that these are the people that work on your car, dry clean your clothes, cash your checks at the bank. They are average everyday folks that are concerned about America. They are not all racist, nor more so that the left are racist. You folks on the left like to spew that Tea Baggers are racist, want to " take over " and destroy America. ALL the Tea Party is trying to do is to " get back to the Constitution " and do things the way they're to be done. It is that simple. Millions upon Millions belong to these groups and they are growing at an incredible rate. Get used to it..

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      Jillian Barclay 6 years ago from California, USA

      Allow me to be the first to to say in your comments section that poor, poor Michele is not as smart as even a fifth grader. In fact, I have seen many dog obedience classes and dare I say, most of the canine enrollees in those classes are smarter than Michele.

      But to a base that finds intelligence suspect, Michele Bachmann is a super star!

      Great job, TPC! The idea of the debate is so funny because we all know what the outcome would be!