There’s No Such Thing As A 9-Year-Old Activist

This post isn’t going to win me any points with some in the liberal community, but here it goes.

First, let’s start with this:

And then this:

The story behind these headlines is that the LGBT “activist” is a “soft-spoken 8-year-old.” That’s right, a second-grader named Elijah.

That second-grader said this—after what is termed “some lighthearted coaxing”—to Michele Bachman at a book signing event:

My mommy— Miss Bachmann, my mommy’s gay but she doesn’t need fixing.

The reference is to Bachmann’s Christian counseling business, operated by her husband, that purports to use some kind of “reparative therapy” to undo the gay in those folks who happen to be afflicted with it. Yeah, I know, that sounds crazy doesn’t it? It’s hard to believe that anyone in the 21st century believes such stuff.

But plenty of people do believe that stuff, and plenty of those who do believe it happen to live in South Carolina, where Bachmann was signing copies of her book (imagine that: a conservative presidential candidate has a book for sale!) when little Elijah bushwhacked her.

The HuffPo story noted:

A dumbfounded Bachmann then shot the boy’s mother an icy look before the pair walked away.

The story also urged us to “Watch Bachmann’s awkward moment below.” Okay, let’s watch the 40-second video:

As bad as Michele Bachmann’s position on homosexuality is, and as much as her position deserves ridicule, the real awkward moment in the video is not hers but Elijah’s mother, who put him up to the stunt.

I have been critical of Tea Party activists here in Joplin for using their kids as props to make political points at Tea Party rallies. It is no less offensive when those on the left use their kids to make points, or in this case, to embarrass a political candidate.

There are other ways to address Ms. Bachmann’s Iron Age views on homosexuality than by putting shy second-graders on the spot and calling them “activists.”

10 Comments

  1. I posted the same comment on the HuffPo site Duane.
    The mom put him up to it and I completely disagree with her doing so.
    That said, Bachman is a tool.

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    • Dave,

      Ms. Bachmann reminds me so much of the women I used to go to church with, except they didn’t have massive egos and think they ought to be president. She is spectacularly unqualified to do anything in the public sphere, partly because she doesn’t really believe in the government in which she serves and seeks to serve. Her views, and the views of those who support her, are a minority in the country, and likely even a minority in the Republican Party, and even that weird GOP electorate in Iowa doesn’t seem to have any confidence in her.

      Duane

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  2. King Beauregard

     /  December 6, 2011

    I can’t be mad at you either. I really want to like what happened here because it fits my gay-friendly agenda, but dammit, it’s wrong to put your kids in the middle of that sort of thing. That’s what God invented penguins for.

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  3. You nailed this Duane. I had the same reaction.

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    • Keith,

      When I was at Joplin Tea Party rallies and saw little kids holding anti-Obama signs and the like, it just made me sick. I have the same reaction, though, when I hear kids as young as 7 or 8 try to talk about Christianity. There is just something unseemly about it.

      Duane

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  4. Agreed, a political dirty trick, given that it was done to get a video. But, had it been done without any intent for publicity I would have found it hard not to sympathize with the mom.

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    • Jim,

      No doubt, if the kid had a sense of outrage generated by his love for his mom, and if the thing hadn’t been intentionally photographed, I would feel a little different. In this case it appeared to me that the kid did not want to say a word to her and was encouraged to do so. I admit that things aren’t always what they seem, but all we have to go on is the video as it was posted.

      Duane

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  5. hlgaskins

     /  December 6, 2011

    If this true then the mother should be ashamed of herself for using a child to make a political point. Michele Bachmann doesn’t need anyone’s help to embarrass her, and she certainly doesn’t need a mother to use a child, her child, to make it happen. Countless gay parents must be shuddering at the potential repercussions of all this when so many have worked so diligently to end negative gay stereotypes.

    In my usual suspicious nature, has anyone verified that the mother is actually gay, and not a shill attempting to pull off another “Acorn” scam?

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    • Very good question, HL. That hadn’t even occurred to me – naif that I am. Tis the season for it, that’s for sure.

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