The Submissive Wife
It’s one thing to be at the helm of the leading country and another to do what your husband says
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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is surging in the latest polls in New Hampshire and Iowa both tight races with Mitt Romney. In many ways Bachmann is the anti-Romney. She’s fiery and unapologetic about her extreme policy positions even her belief that that black children fared better during slavery. There is a lot to be said of her judgment.
Bachmann is also a conservative Christian who believes in the biblical principle that a wife should submit to her husband. Dr. Marcus Bachmann was recently profiled in the Washington Post where Michele Bachmann’s brother Peter was quoted saying, “[Dr. Bachmann] is her godly husband...The husband is to be the head of the wife, according to God." Michele Bachmann has even stated that she chose to pursue her law degree upon her husband’s direction saying, "[t]he Lord says: Be submissive, wives. You are to be submissive to your husbands. ”
Bachmann believes in this biblical teaching found in Ephesians 5:22-24:
Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
If Michele Bachmann is a “submissive wife” as she claims to be based on biblical teachings, then how can she be President of the United States? How can Bachmann be the leader of the free world when she is not the leader of her own household? Let’s imagine a scenario where Bachmann is faced with a foreign policy crisis with North Korea. If Bachmann defers to her husband’s judgment an exchange could go something like this:
Hypothetical President Bachmann: Hey honey! Long day. This North Korea thing is really giving me trouble. Not sure what to do.
First Husband Dr. Bachmann: Well as the leader of this household, I think you should bomb them.
Bachmann: I can’t just bomb them honey. We need the consent of Congress based on international law and really it wouldn’t be a great move for us politically at this moment.
First Husband: I am the boss of you! You do as I say. Remember when I told you to go to law school and you went? I’m in charge of this household and what I say goes.
Bachmann: Yes, you are right honey. Let me get the Secretary of Defense on the phone. Guess we’re going to bomb North Korea.
First Husband: Good. Honey, tomorrow we can talk about a federal amendment to ban gay marriage. I think they are barbarians and in need of counseling. My clinic is really looking forward to brainwashing the gay out of folks.
Michele Bachmann’s views on homosexuality seemed extreme before her husband opened his mouth. And now that she signed The “Marriage Vow - Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” an anti-choice and anti-gay pledge that also calls for the banning of pornography and proclaims black children were better off during slavery, we get a better sense of what this married couple’s bed time conversations sound like.
Many of the matters a president handles are top secret and classified. There is a contradiction between her role as a submissive wife and the president of the world’s most powerful country. It is horrifying to think Dr. Bachmann, who would simply be married to the Commander-in-Chief, would have such a strong influence on his wife’s actions especially when there are nuclear launch codes involved.
Zerlina Maxwell's column appears every Monday on The Loop 21. Follow her on Twitter @ZerlinaMaxwell for more of her musings on politics, culture and gender.