As a lifelong Minnesota-Wisconsin border dweller, I’ve fearfully watched each step of Michele Bachmann’s ascent from Minnesota State Senator to Tea Party national celebrity. Perhaps it should be no surprise that the Republican Representative from Minnesota is now considering running in the 2012 Presidential race, but I continue to be shocked by how someone who has made so many false and uninformed statements regarding US history and politics can still be regarded as a legitimate governmental authority.
But Amy Myers, an audacious high school student from New Jersey has taken matters into her own hands. She has challenged the Representative to a public debate on US history and the Constitution in the following letter:
“Dear Representative Bachmann,
My name is Amy Myers. I am a Cherry Hill, New Jersey sophomore attending Cherry Hill High School East. As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. The frequency and scope of these comments prompted me to write this letter.
Though I am not in your home district, or even your home state, you are a United States Representative of some prominence who is subject to national media coverage. News outlets and websites across this country profile your causes and viewpoints on a regular basis. As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere. Though politically expedient, incorrect comments cast a shadow on your person and by unfortunate proxy, both your supporters and detractors alike often generalize this shadow to women as a whole.
Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:
I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.
Hopefully, we will be able to meet for such an event, as it would prove to be enlightening.
Though I doubt Bachmann will accept the challenge, one never knows. Show your support for Amy Myers by joining her Facebook page and sending Rep. Bachmann an email.
[via Dangerous Minds]