This evening as the sun sets I went for a very long walk – in part to divest my spirit of the hatefulness that has marked this day. The tragedy in Colorado is unspeakable beyond written words, of course. My deepest hope is that we as a nation cope, even as we grieve.
Still, it’s Michelle Bachmann’s vitriol that surpasses even that incident, in part because it is an incident, the act of a mentally disturbed individual who has wreaked havoc on a community and some very good people. Still, it is an incident.
For me, Representative Bachmann’s outbursts, representing her deep-seated convictions, are even more disturbing. They are not only the inane and misinformed utterings of an ambitious woman. They are words chosen to fuel the flickers of fear that reside within the souls of good people who deserve far better from their leaders.
Bachmann’s ugly comments cause particular pain as they spew forth on the eve of Ramadan, the most peaceful and loving season in which Muslims everywhere celebrate love and generosity and friendship. Bachmann’s is a mean-spirited slap in the face that speaks volumes of the venom within the Representative and her fellow travelers.
Wiser and more articulate observers of the political scene will eloquently refute Bachmann’s misguided rants. Though I endorse their views, I am not willing to commit precious time and energy to bashing those who don’t deserve the attention and who will be cussed out by those more articulate. My thoughts turn instead to those who may be lured by the falsehoods she espouses – and to my friends and neighbors who must rise above – again.
My hope is that this Ramadan season will remind us all, including Michelle Bachmann, of Mohammed’s wise counsel: “Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two works better than those.”