BachmanMinnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann loves controversy and is a regular on cable news. The New York Times reports, however, that she is severely and habitually truth challenged and has trouble separating fact from fiction.

Bachmann is a fan of conspiracy theories, such as this doosie reported in the Times article:

And in April, Ms. Bachmann told an interviewer that she found it interesting that “it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter.” She added, “And I’m not blaming this on President Carter; I just think it’ an interesting coincidence.”

As it happens, the scare of the 1970s came in 1976, PolitiFact found. Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president.

Needless to say, when you are as nutty as Bachmann, you are probably anti-gay. According to the congresswoman.

“If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’ bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”

Yes, entering relationships that are emotionally, physically and spiritually satisfying is “bondage”. While marrying someone out of convenience or religious guilt is “healthy” for both partners. Typical Bachmann “logic”. Interesting how this dishonest Bible-thumper never brings up the “false witness” section of the Good Book.

Bachmann also believes GLBT relationships are are larger problem than a failed health care system, an absence of new jobs and even terrorism. On March 20, 2004, Bachmann said on a KKMS-AM radio program, “Prophetic Views Behind The News”:

[Same-sex marriage] is probably the biggest issue that will impact our state and our nation in the last, at least, thirty years. I am not understating that.”

Bachmann is also an End Times enthusiast, saying on the same KKMS program:

“We’re in a state of crisis where our nation is literally ripping apart at the seams right now, and lawlessness is occurring from one ocean to the other. And we’re seeing the fulfillment of the Book of Judges here in our own time, where every man doing that which is right in his own eyes‚Äîin other words, anarchy.”

I suggest that everyone read today’s New York Times articles about Bachmann’s aversion to honesty. This is not a brave woman who speaks her mind. But a intellectually dishonest person who sows fear and division to drive her political career. That Republicans take this individual seriously, shows how far they have strayed from the mainstream in recent years.