Some people on the left have a bad habit of ignoring the facts
In 2011, Peter Waldron joined Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign much to the surprise of many in the media and blogosphere who were familiar with Waldron. Watching some liberals embrace Waldron now that he is allegedly the one who may have brought Michele Bachmann down is rather confusing.
Peter Waldron is a bit of a mystery, simply because when asked questions about his past, he refuses to answer. When he joined the Bachmann campaign, he wouldn’t even give reporters his name. Waldron was arrested and jailed in Uganda on a weapons charge in 2006, but some allege he was in Africa to overthrow the government and create one based on Christianity.
While in Uganda, Waldron was welcomed into Martin Ssempa’s church; Ssempa is the bishop spearheading the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill. On his website, Waldron is listed as Dr. Peter E. Waldron, but I have never been able to find out what that doctorate is in or where he received it.
Peter Waldron is a self-proclaimed dominionist. He believes in a Christian-based government, he subscribes to the “Seven Mountain” doctrine” and abhors anything secular. After his arrest, Waldron was quoted by Uganda’s Daily Monitor as saying:
“It struck me that, for many Americans of faith, Uganda-a country where homosexuality and abortion are outlawed, where politicians freely mix church and state, and where outward displays of religious devotion are the norm-represents a kind of haven.”
Even with all that, he is the new favorite hero to some on the left, simply because he was the first to come forward regarding possible ethics violations during Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign.
Oddly, Waldron love isn’t the only strange thing happening on the left this week. Numerous blogs and liberal pundits have been crowing that Michele Bachmann “quit.” No, she did not quit, she is not running for reelection. My favorite headline not only incorrectly stated she quit, the blog also claimed she did so because of the ethics inquiry. Unless said blog has an inside source they are willing to cite, there is no way in the world they could possibly know why Michele Bachmann chose not to run for reelection.
To sum up: Peter Waldron is not a hero of some sort, he’s a pretty wonky dude with a very shady past and a belief system that is the antithesis of any liberal and Michele Bachmann did not quit. A few years ago, I mused that online readers only look at the headlines of articles, form an opinion based on that and move on. What we’re seeing this week seems to be proof of that. Some liberals are reading about Peter Waldron coming forward with his allegations and bam, he’s a great guy. Other liberals are seeing eye-catching but false headlines reading “Bachmann quits!” and never questioning the validity of that statement.
We’re not supposed to do that, we being liberals. We’re supposed to research the daylights out of subjects, use facts and logic and never word an insinuation as fact. As readers, we also have a responsibility to actually read. All someone had to do was spend 5 minutes Googling Peter Waldron to find out what little truth there is about him.
All someone had to do was confirm that not running for reelection in 18 months is not the same thing as quitting a job. And I don’t know if it’s laziness or apathy or just the sheep-like reliance on mainstream media and popular blogs to spoon feed us our news, but whatever it is, we need to stop it right now.
Enjoy this rare trailer for a movie that was never made about Peter Waldron’s life. It’s almost all a lie, except for the fact that he does have a mustache.