Does This Mean Japanese Beetles are Now Called Freedom Beetles?

From Hot Dish Politics at the Star Tribune:

Speaking to a crowd in Rochester yesterday, Rep. Michele Bachmann warned that Democratic health reform proposals could eventually prompt the government to use health care as a tool to limit people’s free speech.

The Post-Bulletin has a video and story of Bachmann’s address to about 200 people.

She explained that a man recently approached her to say that in Japan, which “had the government takeover of health care,” the government puts people who criticize the health system on “a list” and denies them treatment.

Is that what the man really said? Maybe what he really said was just…

Original DVD cover

Did you lose your Japanese to Batshit Babble Dictionary, Michele?

“And so people are afraid. They’re afraid to speak back to government,” Bachmann said. “They’re afraid to say anything. Is that what we want for our future? That takes us to gangster government at that point and absolute abject corruption. We’re not that kind of country. That’s not who we are.”

This, she said, is something “people don’t know,” adding,”a government takeover of health care is the crown jewel of socialism.”

Rochester is a long way from Bachmann’s suburban Twin Cities district, but she was stumping for Allan Quist, a Republican candidate in the First Congressional District.”


Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) painted an Orwellian vision of health care reform yesterday, claiming that critics of the Democrats’ plan could be denied coverage.


BACHMANN:He said that in Japan, to wait and get health care is almost impossible. You get on a list and you wait and you wait and you wait. But he said this is something people don’t know: in Japan, people have stopped voicing their opinion on health care. There are things that are wrong with Japanese health care, but people are afraid of voicing. ‘Well why is that,’ I asked. [He said], ‘Because they know that would get on a list and they wouldn’t get health care. They wouldn’t get in. They wouldn’t get seen. And so people are afraid. They’re afraid to speak back to government. They’re afraid to say anything.’ Is that what we want for our future? That takes us to gangster government at that point!


Other than one individual’s account, Bachmann provides no evidence to support her slur of Japan’s health care system, let alone any evidence to suggest that the same thing would transpire in the U.S.


Japan’s universal system has been able to keep health care costs far lower than those in the U.S., despite an aging population, allowing Japanese to visit a doctor nearly 14 times a year. Bachmann is also wrong when she claims that wait times make it “almost impossible” to receive care in Japan. As ABC News noted, “waiting lists are not a major problem” in Japan, and patients can even “go to a doctor without an appointment, but may have to sit for a long time in the waiting room.”

The Republican National Committee made a similar false accusation last August when it mailed a fundraising appeal that suggested that Democrats might use an overhaul of the health care system to deny medical treatment to Republicans.

(Videos available at both links)

(Click here if you’d like to know more about Japanese beetles. 😆 It’s the first thing that caught my eye when I googled Japanese beetle.)


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33 responses to “Does This Mean Japanese Beetles are Now Called Freedom Beetles?

  1. GreenApples

    Good job nonnie! I love her slippers!

  2. For the love of God … this is the same fruit loop who said that the census was used to round up the Japanese Americans in World War II and so she wasn’t participating.

    Now she’s taking the word of “one guy” (assuming that he even exists) as proof of some massive government conspiracy?

    Seriously, GOP, is this the best you can do?

    • wken,
      i think that batshit bachmann read a story online about japan, and she’s been having fantasies about japan and japanese people.

      my mom has a habit of coming up with the perfect cautionary tale about someone she used to know when she wants to convince you not to do something similar to the person in her story. of course, the stories are usually from a movie or her imagination. batshit bachmann, as well as a lot of politicians, come up with stories about what one person or another told them that perfectly fits the subject matter they are discussing at the moment. of course, they can’t say who the person is who told them the story, so they can’t be proven wrong. what i found more disturbing than batshit bachmann’s lie about some japanese guy or the fact that she wants to tie health care reform to the demise of the freedom of speech is that there were people in the audience who audibly gasped after hearing that nonsense she was spouting. where do they find so many stupid people?

      • “where do they find so many stupid people?”

        I read somewhere recently that in Texas they think “This critical-thinking stuff is gobbledygook.”

        So, I guess the obvious answer to where to find such people would be … Texas. Sadly, she wasn’t there.

        • this is a good opportunity to tell all the kids to click on wken’s name to read a very well written post about a very scary subject, texas and the textbooks. do you know what your kid might be reading?

  3. writechic

    Did you lose your Japanese to Batshit Babble Dictionary, Michele?

    Best framed question I’ve heard in days! The pink elephants are divine–reminding me of closet gay Republicans and Gee Oh Pee batshit nutters at once.

    (And thanks for the billing 🙂

  4. God, she’s weird, and oh-so-Photoshoppable.

    Well done!

  5. WoW! We said that!? Awesome!
    ( I saw your comment :cool:)
    But I think Pulp Friction nailed it.
    Seriously, nonnie: doe all your energy come from eating hysterical raisins, or is there something else I should be chowin’ down on to get me some mojo?

    I’m takin a swipe at miss crazy pants tomorrow if I get back to work… back to work… back to work…

    • you don’t remember saying that? i have the original post somewhere around here. 😉

      energy? me? 😆 i’m exhausted, and i still have no idea what i am going to post tomorrow. i’m still waiting for that bolt of lightning to hit me to inspire me. maybe i should find my kite and a key.

      • maryyooch


        You’ll have plenty of material after the tea baggers convention today/ They said they’ll be showing it on CNN so you won’t have to bother with Fox the Newsless.

        • i just saw one of the geniuses being interviewed on cnn. “everyone in washington sucks. wahhh wahhh wahhh!” however, they still support batshit bachmann and a lot of others who have been in d.c. for a lot longer and have been a big part of the problem.

  6. “That takes us to gangster government at that point and absolute abject corruption. We’re not that kind of country. That’s not who we are.”

    She must have missed the update about the Supreme Court Ruling!

  7. Outright lying seems to be the clarion call of the day for these idiots. Just look at Susan Collins making a total fool of herself. The Luntz guy saying in his memo “just lie”. What next? Maybe evil Rupert could revive Der Sturmer.

    • i thought susan collins was slightly above the rest of them, but it appears she’s just as big a liar as the rest of them. the ladies of maine are afraid of the teabaggers.

  8. maryyooch

    Batshit Bachmann is not only hearing God talking to her anymore, there’s a Japanese man in her head now too.
    Japan has one of the best health care systems in the world, if not THE best. Look how long the Japanese life span is, and they don’t have to suffer with preventable diseases. Damn, look how long some of the survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki live/lived.
    I hop to God that they Census redistricts her part of the planet so it doesn’t exist anymore. Too bad the census can’t get rid of Blackburn too.

    As far as Palin goes, she’ll be in my town today. I’m staying far away, very, very far away.
    The three stooges of the right wing whackos.

    • her head must be very, very crowded. so many people in there who want an audience with her.

      mary, i hope you have lots of duct tape and tuna fish and powdered milk under your bed. it’s times like these when you have to be careful. stay inside as long as the wingnuts are roaming around outside, and duct tape your windows and doors so that the crazy cooties don’t get in.

  9. i dont want to write what i think should be done to bachmann

    think rosemary kennedy

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