In the recent Republican presidential debate held in Iowa on August 11, 2011, one of the moderators asked U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) about her 2006 remarks that she studied tax law because her husband told her to, even though she hated the idea. At the time Bachmann said, “But the Lord said, ‘Be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husbands.'”
He then asked her, “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”
Bachmann paused for a few moments and then responded with what was, essentially, a non-answer:
Marcus and I will be married for 33 years this September 10th. I’m in love with him. I’m so proud of him,” she said. “And both he and I — what submission means to us, if that’s what your question is, it means respect. I respect my husband. He’s a wonderful, godly man, and a great father. And he respects me as his wife. That’s how we operate our marriage. We respect each other. We love each other.”
The key words in her answer are … “what submission means … is respect.”
Apparently Michele is unaware that submission and respect have two quite different meanings:
Definition of Respect
- An attitude of admiration or esteem
- Regard highly; think much of
- A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
Definition of Submissive
- Characterized by tendencies to yield to the will or authority of others
- Inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others
- Of, tending towards, or indicating submission, humility, or servility
- Synonyms: obedient, subordinate, subservient
Michele, you weren’t asked how much you and and your husband respect each other. You were asked: “As president, would you be submissive to your husband?”
In 2006, you apparently subscribed to these bible instructions. It would seem you have now, for expediency’s sake, chosen to sweep this belief under the rug.
How typical of a politician.