Bachmann’s Constitutional Contortions


During a Republican presidential primary forum in Columbia, South Carolina, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) announced if elected she would push for a constitutional crisis over the issue of abortion, insisting that she was “most assuredly” prepared for a “confrontation” with the court over the issue.

“If the Supreme Court, by a plurality of the justices, may impose their own personal morality on the rest of the nation, then we are quire literally being ruled by those individuals as opposed to giving our consent to the people’s representatives,” Bachmann said.

Bachmann’s answer reflects her support for a federal abortion ban, and one Bachmann presumably would be ground in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment.

Bachmann’s constitutional contortions continued as the focus shifted from abortion to health care. Here she doubled down on her position that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional because it is “inherent” in the Constitution that states cannot mandate their citizens buy a “product or service”.

So for those keeping track, Rep. Bachmann believes the Constitution does not inherently protect an individual’s right to privacy but it does inherently prevent Congress from regulating the insurance industry.


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

It never cease to amaze me that women (?) like Bachmann and Palin keep repeating the extreme agenda of women. The teabags and repukes want to tie women to the stove and force them to breed like rabbits. Women should stay at home and leave the working to men. And so on. I do realize neither Bachmann or Palin constitutes the brightest lights in the candle box, but do they not understand they are tying themselves down by repeating this anti-women message?
Or are they as stupid as I already believe them to be?

Patti T.
Patti T.4 years ago

>and would Bachmann not be Imposing Her OWN Opinions by the prioritizing's & banning's she is talking about?
I dunno know, sounds like another "Oxy Moron" statement YET AGAIN!
"Affordable Health Care" Unconstitutional? C'MON - DOES ANYONE TAKE HER SRSLY???
What's UNCONSTITUTIONAL is how ALL of Washington gets FREE Health Care for life for themselves & their families, and SO much More!

I think the repuds got some kind of traitor over there - b/c No One in their right mind would be giving these comical candidates so much rope to Hang themselves with (or are they bringing lynching back as well?) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Am I the ONLY One who feels like I'm at a Comedy Club Every Time one of Tea Party's Chosen Speaks??????

Louise D.
Louise D.4 years ago

She sort of disproved the Proverb "Should a fool continue in their folly they shall become wise"

Jo Anne P.
Jo Anne Pyne4 years ago

Ms. Bachmann continues to dig that hole deeper and deeper. Shouldn't she be in China by now???

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Gia Z.
Gia Z.4 years ago

The woman is a complete moron. And SHE does not get to impose her personal morality on the rest of us.

This is simple. You get to choose for yourself. No one else makes the decision for you. And no one, absolutely no one has the right to tell the rest of us what is right or wrong in this matter.

Marie W.
Marie W.4 years ago

The REpug crazy machine keeps grinding.

Bruce V.

Nice smile actual brain behind it iffy.

Monica D.
Monica D.4 years ago

Noted. This sounds concerning.

Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y.4 years ago

Interest topics.. one more I would add here. that is "insurance" is dirty business incl private life, health and public WCB. It is good, perhaps, with good will but very commercial. It is just a re-distribution of human problem. Same like taxes. in this Free Market and democrtic society, we have many re-distribution systems incl. church donation, public taxes system, "insurnace", and stock market...Do you get my point? -:)