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16-year-old challenges U.S. Rep. Bachmann to a Constitution challenge
While 16-year-old Amy Myer’s campaign for president of her class at Cherry Hill East High School in New Jersey is well underway, it was only last Friday that her quest became national news.
According to Yahoo News, Amy’s father pointed out several glaring errors Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota made during recent speeches. In March, she spoke in Manchester, N.H.: “You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world.” (Er, that was Massachusetts, Representative Bachmann!)
This gaff and several others were unforgivable to Amy, who views Bachmann as a representative not just of Minnesota, but of American women as a group. You see, throughout her campaign for class president, Amy has had to put up with the chauvinistic jeers of her male peers, who have ridiculed her political ambitions.
We applaud Amy for standing up for herself and girls and women everywhere. And we’ve gotta say…wowzer, can this girl write a letter! Read the full text below, courtesy of Yahoo News.
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.
Photo credit: Myers - Alexandra Elisabetta, Bachmann – Michael Rubin/Shutterstock.com