Normally we would take this time to make light of Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann's inability (or unwillingness) to debate on just about any topic for fear of looking a fool, but New Jersey high school sophomore Amy Myers has summed it up pretty perfectly.
Citing Bachmann's “incorrect comments” that “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,” Myers has decided to challenge the (ahem) fine Congresswoman to a debate. Calling Bachmann's “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 young student is out to show the world that women—even lowly public educated high school students—are capable of civil public discourse.
Little else needs to be said, because Myers' letter is so damn perfect. We wholly endorse this idea, and are republishing it in the hopes it makes its way to the national media's attention. Surely, Representative Michelle Bachmann sees the importance of meeting and talking with the youth of our nation.
An actual scan of the letter in full below can be seen here.
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.