IKMAN Jobs – in the words of the G.O.P. politician Michele Bachmann, these aren’t real jobs.
IKSHIN Jobs – In the words of Michele Bachmann’s younger sister, she wouldn’t go on with her studies if she didn’t find work. “I need to get into the workforce,” she said.
A month later, Mike Bachmann walked from his grandmother’s funeral in Iowa to an event on his congressional campaign trail. There he met C. Robert Barnett, who called him over and told him that his grandfather was the first African-American postal worker in Iowa.
“The reason I got involved in politics was because of my grandmother,” said Bachmann, who as a presidential candidate seems to be flailing around trying to find support in one of the most conservative states in the country. He tells folks that his grandparents owned the first black grocery store in the state, which it turned out was true. In his stump speech, he talks about the two of them going to the store and seeing the owner on the front porch.
In his efforts to reach out to minorities, Michael Bachmann appears to be engaging in a form of reverse discrimination. His grandfather, Albert Bachmann, was hired by the first African-American postmaster in the state in 1901. That’s way before you were born, but even before you were born at the time of segregation, a future Iowa state senator says.
“A year or two before your grandmother died, she told me that she asked her great-grandfather how many African-Americans he could hire and he said, ‘A lot,’ ” said Michael Bachmann, in his unctuous manner. “I want to do everything I can to make sure the schools are equal for everybody, and I’m not trying to restrict any people to certain sectors.”
When Bachmann’s wife, Kimberly, finished her biology class last week, she said she had heard that one of her professors had been advocating for Christian Bachmann to be fired. The professor had objected to Bachmann’s opposition to the use of prayer in schools, said he was rude and even wondered aloud whether he was “tainted” in some way.
If one is too traditional, one can’t speak in tongues or talk about hearing voices. In fact, it would be wrong to think that there is such a thing as a “biblically correct” version of Christianity that one has to follow, said Bachmann.
Michael Bachmann doesn’t think Abraham Lincoln was a racist, either. Perhaps he didn’t look black enough, he said. In fact, Bachmann believes that if Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would have been an abortionist and a gun advocate.
Whether or not Michael Bachmann is saying something accurate in his speeches, he is sure telling us something that his constituents want to hear. They don’t want politicians who are “tainted,” they want someone who believes in the right to keep and bear arms and that the earth is only 6,000 years old.
Bachmann knows this, and he knows that if he does have to answer for the racist comments of his colleagues, he’ll be saying it for years to come. It’s a simple fact of life that all of us will always be plagued by the ghosts of the past and have to live with the results of our decisions.
When Michael Bachmann makes a decision to run for office, he says he is doing so for himself, his family and the greater good. So if one asks him if he knows about IKMAN Jobs, he says he has no idea, he never met the man and he doesn’t care. About the best he can do is to say that if IKMAN Jobs is real, then you won’t like them.