[UPDATE 9:25 AM] Complete CSPAN video now available
As one of her last acts as a member of Congress, Michele Bachmann gave a rip-roaring, bible-thumping, semi-coherent sermon that we are all certain to cherish forever.
In her speech she thanked the people of the 6th District, volunteers, donors, and various other parties who enabled her to serve in the House of Representatives for eight years. She also went on a weird tangent about Moses.
Some choice excerpts:
"Just behind me is our nation's motto and it says, "In God We Trust." What a fabulous motto. Could there any better motto be written for any nation? To declare, full voice, that it is in God that we as a nation put our trust -- what other more trustworthy venue could there be, what other more trustworthy vehicle could there be than a holy God?
"You see it isn't just today that we mouth these words. These words were mouthed by the founders of our country. Those who decided to leave the comforts of their home to come here to what was essentially an untested, untapped world where there were people -- the Native Americans who populated this land -- but where a brand new culture that was about to be born. One that would be, again, the fulcrum to bless the entire world."
And now the Moses part:
"As I look about this chamber we are ringed with the silhouettes of lawgivers throughout history, Hammurabi, various lawgivers throughout all of time, lawgivers for whom veneration is required.
And yet only one lawgiver has the distinction of not having a silhouette, but having the full face be revealed by the artist. That lawgiver is Moses.
Moses is directly above the double doors that lead into the center-most part of this chamber, and in the face of Moses, his eyes look straight upon not only our nation's motto -- In God We Trust -- but Moses's face looks full on into the face of the speaker of the House.
Daily the speaker of the House, as he stands up in his authority and in his podium recognizes that he is a man under authority, just as Moses was a man under authority. Because you see Mr. Speaker, Moses was given for full honor of the greatest lawmaker in this chamber, because he was chosen by the God that we trust, to be entrusted with the basis of all law."
"We know those laws. Those laws are the fundamental laws of mankind, and here in the United States the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses is the very foundation of the law that has given the happiness and the rise of the greatest prosperity that any nation has known before."
The video cuts out before she says this, but according to the Star Tribune, she also said, "My favorite Americans are people who didn't know they were Americans. They were the Pilgrims."
Farewell, and godspeed Michele.