She's done it again.
Speaking before an unarmed mob in Rochester yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) once again launched into an inflammatory, factually dubious that's sure to piss off the Left and energize the sycophant-batshit wing of the Republican Party.
Before we get to the tale, it's important to note that everything about it was quintessential Bachmann. In case you haven't picked up on the pattern by now, here's how the backstory/lead-up invariably goes: 1) Bachmann is accosted by a mysterious benevolent stranger under unlikely circumstances (in this case, she says "a fellow who ran into me in the hall in Washington D.C."), 2) said stranger relays an urgent message replete with dystopian innuendo and detailed personal anecdotes (but forgets to include his name), and 3) Bachmann stands before a room of scared-shitless troglodytes and recounts the tale as one would a ghost story to kids sitting around a campfire.
So this unnamed Japanese man approaches Bachmann in the hall in Washington. He produces an ID card-- his health care card from his time living in Japan. He proceeds to give our fearless Congresswoman the Cold Hard Truth so that she might pass it along and save this doomed consumer plantation from whatever it is Bachmann happens to be railing against at the time, which, at present, is of course "the crown jewel of socialism"-- health care reform.
Here's the anecdote:
"He said that in Japan, to wait and get health care is almost impossible. You get on a list and you wait and you wait and you wait. But he said this is something people don't know: in Japan, people have stopped voicing their opinion on health care. There are things that are wrong with Japanese health care, but people are afraid of voicing. 'Well why is that,' I asked. [He said], 'Because they know that would get on a list and they wouldn't get health care. They wouldn't get in. They wouldn't get seen. And so people are afraid. They're afraid to speak back to government. They're afraid to say anything.' Is that what we want for our future? That takes us to gangster government at that point!"
You can watch a video of the speech here.