Time to Stop Being Polite about Ignorance. The day before the State of the Union address, Michele Bachmann told an Iowa audience that  in drafting the Constitution”the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States….Men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” He comments drew derision on air Monday night (what about the Civil War, Michele?) but seem to have largely disappeared from the mainstream press coverage of the State of the Union, the official Republican response and Bachmann’s unauthorized Tea Party response. Contempt for facts is deadly serious.  You cannot want to do things that work without information – facts. Tea Party Republicans don’t want to do things that work; they don’t want to do anything.