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High School Student Challenges Michelle Backmann to Constitutional Debate

It seems like every time that Rep. Michele Bachmann opens up her mouth, something really stupid comes out. For years, I've watched Michele Bachmann say outlandish and offensive things that should never be tolerated -- and I've watched the media give her a pass, time and time again. It's horrifying.
Fortunately, I'm not the only one who is horrified. Amy Myers, a brave high school student in New Jersey, recently wrote a letter to Bachmann, challenging her to a debate on U.S. Civics.

I would love to see this debate and I'm willing to fight to make it happen, but I'm curious what DFA members like you think.

What do you think? Should DFA launch a campaign to get Rep. Bachmann to debate Amy Myers?

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Amy Myers, a 16 year-old from New Jersey, is capturing national media attention, because she dared to stand up and do what we all need to be doing every day -- saying that words have consequences and making sure that Michele Bachmann and all our members of Congress are held accountable for what they say as well as what they do.

I'm inspired by Amy's fight because it is the same fight you and I are a part of every day at DFA: strengthening democracy by making our elected officials more accountable to the citizens they serve.

Are you inspired by Amy? Should DFA get behind her and lend resources to her campaign? ?Let us know here.

Here's the complete letter that Amy Myers sent to Michele Bachmann:

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.


Wow! I fully support Amy Myers -- and I'm willing to help her drag Rep. Bachmann out to a debate! Do you agree?

Arshad Hasan, Executive Director,
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bachman 23.May.2011 15:32

Den Mark, Vancouver

michelle bachman is bonkers, but that kind of person is becoming more & more common in the u.s. senate. Scary, & REVOLTING, i hope.

What's that say 23.May.2011 17:15


What does her election say about how informed of the constitution her constituents are?