Bachmann renounces citizenship in gay-friendly Switzerland, blasts Obama for backing gay marriage
No doubt uncomfortable with the contrast between her avowed political views and the laws of the land in liberal-minded Switzerland, Michele Bachmann yesterday renounced her Swiss citizenship.
In a statement, Bachmann said she renounced her dual citizenship "because I want to make it perfectly clear: I was born in America, and I am a proud American citizen. I am, and always have been, 100 percent committed to our United States Constitution and the United States of America."
Bachmann's challenger for the House's Fourth Congressional District seat, Democrat Jim Graves, quickly seized on the citizenship fiasco, saying through a spokesman that "Earlier this year, [Bachmann] was Iowan, earlier this week she was Swiss, and today she's an American."
"Jim Graves has always known where he's from, where he raised his family and where he built his businesses -- St. Cloud Minnesota [sic]."
Bachmann's renunciation came just one day after she blasted President Obama for coming out in support of gay marriage. Switzerland was the first nation to pass a same-sex union law granting gay couples the same rights and protections as opposite-sex couples, with a few exceptions.
Bachmann thinks Obama is being divisive by supporting greater inclusion. Whatever you say, Michele!
The President's announcement today shows how out of touch he is [with] the values of American families. The President continues to practice the politics of division and diversion. He's tried to divide the country over gender, education, class, and now he's attempting to divide families as a diversion to his failed economic policies that have affected all Americans...
...Americans know better and support traditional marriage... marriage between one man and one woman is the foundation of our society.
I will continue to protect traditional marriage, despite our president's decision to thumb his nose at the traditional institution of marriage.
In addition to the difference between Switzerland's LGBT policies and Bachmann's own views, there's also a glaring contrast between her health care stance and the prevailing Swiss laws. Switzerland has nearly universal health care coverage and mandates that its citizens purchase health insurance. But Bachmann, of course, is one of the most outspoken critics of Obamacare and the individual mandate included in the president's health care initiative.
So sorry to disappoint, those of you who spent the last couple of days dreaming about the Bachmanns defecting to Zurich -- sounds like we're still stuck with them for now. But assuming she and Marcus want to take another shot at getting dual citizenship, this time in a place where the prevailing attitudes are more in accordance with theirs, where should they look?
Hmm... frankly, it's hard to think of anywhere outside Amurika where Michele's zany brand of rock-ribbed, budget-slashing conservatism and up-in-your-business social engineering would play well.
Perhaps she and Marcus could colonize Mars?
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