Monday, September 1, 2008

Gov. Palin Makes Up Her Own Facts

John McCain's vetting of Gov. Sarah Palin was quick—far too quick, as it happens. Otherwise, the GOP operatives could have gone back and scrubbed this answer that Palin provided on an Eagle Forum candidate questionnaire in 2006.

Q: Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

PALIN: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

Only one tiny problem here: There was no Pledge of Allegiance during the era of the Founding Fathers (or Mothers, for that matter).

We seem to recall that the pledge was a product of the late nineteenth century (and written by a Christian Socialist!) and amended by Cold War politicians who added the "Under God" phrase in the mid-1950s (in contrast to the Godless commies).

Despite Palin's creative historical fact-finding, we're still sure that she's a brilliant political theorist and deeply educated policy wonk with an immediate grasp of national and international issues.

Oh wait, that can't be right. Palin, as we have seen, is clueless about almost everything outside of Alaska.

3 comments:

Tulsan said...

Now wait a minute, AT. Just the other day, we heard this on ABC:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But she has no national security experience.

(Cindy) McCAIN: You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.

Cheerleader said...

Gimme a P,
Gimme an O,
Gimme a T,
Gimme an A-T-O-E
What's that spell?

Potatoe!

highschooljim said...

The phrase "Under God" was added to the pledge in 1954, I think Washington, Jefferson, and Madison were all dead by then.