Michele Bachmann Thanks Everyone From Founders To Lunch Ladies In Farewell Speech

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Four-term Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gave her final speech to an empty chamber at the House of Representatives on Tuesday.  The outgoing representative announced her decision to leave Congress in May 2013.  Bachmann thanked her constituents for making her the first Republican woman to represent Minnesota in Congress.

“It has been the privilege and the honor of a lifetime for me to serve as a member of the United States Congress….It’s an honor and it’s the ride of a lifetime.”

Bachmann gave a tribute to Moses and the Ten Commandments as the “very foundation of the law that has given happiness and the rise of the greatest prosperity that any nation has known before.”

The representative acknowledged her humble beginnings as a “nobody from nowhere” who was elected by the people of the 6th District.  She began to thank a long list of people that have helped her political career.  She thanked her donors for their generosity; the Holy God that created her; and her parents, brothers, step-brothers, and step-sisters.  She went on to thank her five children and 23 foster children; her Minnesota supporters and prayer warriors; and the men and woman who serve in the Armed Services, as well as the Veterans.

The retiring congresswoman continued her gratitude to her staff, her chief-of-staff, and press communications director.  Then she included the Capitol Police for keep her safe as well as the Sergeant-at-Arms.  The list went on to include the unsung heroes of Washington: the chaplains, the bible study leaders, and the staff in the clerk’s office.  The eight-year representative did not want to forget anybody and gave a special shout-out to James, who operates the railroad car that shuttles members underground between the Capitol and their office buildings.  She also mentioned the elevator lady “who’s always so happy,” and “the two lunch ladies at our lunch counter in the cloakroom” and their wonderful sandwiches.  As she wrapped up her 20-minute farewell speech, she thanked the Founding Fathers:

“More than anything, I want to say thank you to the Founders of this nation, who gave us the most incredible ride by believing in us and in our future.”

Republican Tom Emmer will replace Bachmann and will be sworn in after the new year.

(h/t: Breitbart)

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Watch: Michele Bachmann Is About To Take On Obama, And She Needs America’s Help

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Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on Hannity Thursday night to urge Sean Hannity’s viewers to get involved with defunding President Obama’s executive order on immigration by “melting the phone lines.” Although Congress is not currently in Washington D.C., Bachmann explained they will be back at work from December 1st through the 11th. She invited the Fox Channel audience not only to call their congressmen and senators, but to actually join her for a rally at the Capitol building.

“We need to have your viewers melt the phone lines.  So, I’m asking your viewers to join us, Wednesday, December 3rd at high noon on the west steps of the Capitol.  Come, rally, and then go visit your Senator and go visit your Congressman.  And you can make the difference and we can get this thing defunded.  We can do this, but we need the viewers to come and help us.”

Bachman was elected in 2006 to become the first Republican woman to represent Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Bachmann is leaving office at the end of this year. Republican Tom Emmer, who won her vacated seat, will be the only new member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation when the 114th Congress gets underway in January.

 

h/t Breitbart

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See How These Patriots Are Making Sure Justina’s Nightmare Never Happens To Anyone Else

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It’s hard to determine where the tragedy begins and the travesty ends. It’s a story that has gripped and enraged a nation. It’s a sordid tale of governmental tyranny, child imprisonment and endangerment, harmful and unethical medical experimentation, and a number of gross conflicts of interest.

This is the story of a child, Justina Pelletier, who faced 16 long months of child abuse and incarceration at the hands of both Massachusetts government officials and callous medical personnel at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Thankfully, due to the actions of Liberty Counsel, a Christian civil rights law firm, powerful media voices like Glenn Beck, and tens of thousands of outraged and outspoken Americans, 16-year-old Justina is now home.

But the saga is not over. This sort of travesty is happening all over the country at the hands of underqualified, overzealous government officials. And it’s all being done in the name of “child and family” welfare.

Now Congress is getting involved.

Justina Pelletier’s story is that of a 15-year-old ice-skating competitor who was taken from her parents by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), locked up for 16 months, and is now confined to a wheelchair because of maltreatment for a metabolic disorder.

Here is an abbreviated timeline of events (For greater detail, see this report):

  • Before she was admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital by her parents, Justina was being treated for mitochondrial disease, a rare genetic disorder, by one of the leading experts in the field, Dr. Mark Korson, originally at Tufts Medical Center.
  • At Boston Children’s Hospital, a young, inexperienced doctor in just the seventh month of his internship inexplicably changed the working diagnosis from mitochondrial disease to somatoform disorder, shifting Justina’s treatment from physical to mental.
  • When Lou and Linda Pelletier tried to discharge their daughter the following day, on Feb. 14, 2013, and return her to care at Tufts Medical Center, they were refused; and DCF arbitrarily took Justina into custody as a ward of the state and moved her to a psychiatric ward, where she remained for 11 months. DCF egregiously accused the Pelletiers of “medical abuse” with absolutely zero evidence.
  • Justina was then confined to a nonmedical treatment facility, where she suffered every day with excruciating pain; and her health rapidly plummeted.
  • In Massachusetts, prisoners are entitled to regular visits, education, and medical care. Justina was treated worse by DCF than incarcerated felons. She had a one-hour, supervised visitation per week, no education, and abysmal medical care. Seeking to silence her parents, DCF filed a complaint to hold the father in contempt of court for violating an alleged (and unconstitutional) gag order that was never put in writing.
  • BCH psychologist Dr. Simona Bujoreanu put a self-serving stamp of approval on the Somatoform diagnosis after only 25 minutes with Justina, likewise without contacting other physicians. Dr. Bujoreanu is researching Somatoform Disorder under an NIH grant.
  • Here’s the kicker: Any ward of the state is subject to research being performed upon them, without their consent, even if that research is not primarily for the ward’s benefit. This is a blatant conflict of interest. DCF makes the child a ward of the state, and the psychologist has her lab rat. Great deal for them; horrible deal for the child.
  • After tremendous media and legal pressure, on Friday, June 6, Massachusetts Health and Human Services (HHS) filed a motion for review of reconsideration and dismissal in the case of Justina Pelletier. This action followed Liberty Counsel’s motion to return Justina home.
  • On June 18, after 16 months of being held prisoner by the bureaucracy of the state of Massachusetts at the behest of Boston Children’s Hospital, Justina Pelletier was finally released and returned to her home with her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier, and her three older sisters.

Now Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and other lawmakers are getting involved. Last Friday, they introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, “Justina’s Law.” It’s a bipartisan bill intended to insulate children and families from this kind of outrageous treatment.

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Here Are Five Unforgettable CPAC Quotes

With the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference fading into history, there are countless gems of wisdom and insight that deserve to be remembered as patriots continue fighting the corruption that threatens this great nation. Though CPAC in many ways serves as a pep rally for conservative activists, the speakers presented a unified – and unifying – message that will resonate with Americans from all walks of life who feel the country is on the wrong track.

Five of the most memorable quotes from the three-day event are listed below, in no particular order:

“We need to tell Harry Reid that his reign is over!”

Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party-backed congresswoman who gained national attention during his 2012 presidential bid, used her time to stress the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. She said American voters have the opportunity to decide whether this nation will continue following its current trajectory of government dependence or embrace the self-reliance and individual liberty favored by our founding fathers.

“If this nation forgets its God, God will have every right to forget us.”

While it might make sense that an ordained Baptist preacher would cite God’s influence on America, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stressed the immediate need for the nation to return to its biblical roots before it is too late. He affirmed that America’s unparalleled prosperity was a direct result of God’s hand of providence. Furthermore, he warned that God can and will remove his blessing from the nation if we continue to defy the rules enumerated in the Holy Bible.

“We need to repeal every single word of ObamaCare.”

Sen. Ted Cruz received an enthusiastic welcome from CPAC attendees during his address, in which he laid out several steps that would return the U.S. to a firm fiscal and cultural foundation. He favored certain restrictions for politicians, including a lifetime ban on lobbying and a constitutional amendment enacting term limits. Cruz also stressed the importance of reigning in a corrupt IRS and fighting the lawlessness of today’s leftist leaders. Among his most popular points was his assertion that, though ObamaCare was forced through the legislative process, it is not too late to save the country from its disastrous mandates.

“I believe what you do on your cell phone is none of their damn business.”

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul did not mince words when he laid out a powerful case against NSA data mining used against law-abiding citizens. He lamented the prevailing leftist sentiment that the U.S. Constitution is open to interpretation depending on the whim of a leader or a certain number of voters. Such a regime, he said, is tyrannical and must be stopped. The true intent of our founding documents was to limit government, he said, not the individual. The revolutionaries who established the greatest nation on the face of the earth would not stand for the current attack on liberty – and neither should we.

“We’re becoming a third-world country.”

No matter one’s personal opinion of him, Donald Trump is reliably engaging as he attacks those he feels are working at cross-purposes with America’s best interest. His address at CPAC was no different. Trump forecast an economic disaster in coming years as the true impact of Obama’s policies are not set to be fully implemented until after the 2016 presidential election. He shredded the current administration’s weak policies – both foreign and domestic – and lamented the fact that America no longer offers the same opportunities it once did. While poor and elderly citizens suffer under bankrupt programs meant to offer assistance, America is being bombarded by illegal aliens encouraged to cross a porous border with little risk of jail time or deportation. He concluded that this nation has simply failed to make the most of its incredible potential, calling on patriots to hold our ineffective leaders accountable for their treacherous actions.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Bachmann Tells Harry Reid “His Reign Is Over”

Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann addressed a large audience on the last day of CPAC Saturday. The Western Center for Journalism was there as the congresswoman brought direct messages to Democrat leaders.

She recalled Barack Obama’s 2008 promise to “fundamentally transform” this nation.

“Well, check that box,” Bachmann said of his goal. “What he’s actually transformed was our constitutional system of checks and balances.”

While it is clear Obama has a “high opinion of himself,” she highlighted the audacity of a chief executive who believes the powers given to the legislative and judicial branches actually exist to enhance his own ability to rule by decree.

“The president also transformed our healthcare system into a plus-size bureaucracy,” she said, which puts “plutocrats … in the middle of patients and doctors.”

His next goal, she explained, is “transforming our immigration system.”

Bachmann rallied the audience with her insistence that the “last thing conservatives should do is help the president pass the biggest goal of his second term — and that’s amnesty.”

The political right has always championed legal immigration, she explained, and should continue to do so.

“We allow over one million people into this country every year,” she continued, “and we should give ourselves a round of applause for that.”

Conservatives should demand, however, that immigrants obey the same rule of law by which all Americans are expected to abide.

“Mr. President,” she said, “I hope you’re listening; because that goes especially for you.”

She lamented the fact that 20 million unemployed or underemployed Americans are forced to compete for jobs with those in this country illegally. It is now time for conservatives to take the lead in determining the pathway for America’s future.

“Will we become a country of growth and opportunity, or will we become a country of dependency and the welfare state?” she asked.

It is foolish, Bachmann asserted, to expect our current crop of leftist leaders to further the cause of liberty.

“When you consider the president’s absolute and utter disregard for the Constitution,” she said, “there’s no reason to trust him to enforce the laws on the books.”

While it might be “tempting to look ahead to a new president in 2016,” she encouraged conservatives to rally in the common pursuit of congressional victories similar to those that accompanied the Tea Party insurgency of 2010.

“Taking the gavel out of Harry Reid’s hand on the first Tuesday in November is going to feel pretty darn sweet,” she said. “We need to tell Harry Reid that his reign is over.”

If the right can adequately present a unified message of “constitutionally limited government, free enterprise, [and] strong families,” she said, such an outcome is all but inevitable.

This nation, Bachmann concluded, has survived many hardships in its storied history. “We will survive Barack Obama, too.”

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