Monday, September 1, 2008

It just takes ones's breath away

this from Daily Kos:

Here is Palin's response to a candidate questionnaire for the Alaska 2006 gubernatorial race:

11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

SP: 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

Now for those who want to know why this is so offensive, consider this information (mostly) from Wikipedia:

1. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. Fully more than a century after the end of the American War of Independence, one would expect that any founding fathers would be long since dead. Founding Grandkids, perhaps, but certainly no Founding Fathers in that crowd

2. Bellamy's original Pledge read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The original version doesn't even mention America or God, so stuff that in your hat, Ms. veep-wannabe.

3. In 1923 the National Flag Conference called for the words my Flag to be changed to the Flag of the United States. The reason given was to ensure that immigrants knew to which flag reference was being made. The words "of America" were added a year later. Um, still no god stuff, two decades on.

4. The U.S. Congress officially recognized the Pledge as the official national pledge on June 22, 1942. Without the god stuff, again!

5. The words "under God" were added by legislation signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 14, (Flag Day) 1954 after a sermon by a Presbyterian minister convinced him of the need to add a mention of a deity. Oh, here it is. During the McCarthy era. Right. 1954 is precisely 62 years after the thing was written, and nearly 200 years after any founding fathers were alive and writing things like declarations, constitutions and such. But no pledges... isn't that interesting??

6. Sarah Palin is a certifiable idiot.

I can hardly wait for November.


laughingatchaos said...

I can hardly wait for October 2nd...the VP debate. Gonna be gooooood.

MRMacrum said...

Excellent find. Although I would want verification from a less biased source before I believed it. If her answers are ver batum, what a sad commentary on the mental giants who put these clowns in office.

MRMacrum said...

As an addendum, I just found independent verification for the questionaire - It can be found in it's entirety here -

She did indeed answer it the way Daily Kos reported. Kudos to them. And yeah, she is turning out to be an idiot.

Robin said...

Not until the McCarthy era? That figures...

The more I find out about this idiot, the more I'm not sure if I'd rather laugh or cry. I suppose it's the American Dream - don't let stupidity or closed-mindedness or just plain idiocy stand in your way - anyone can make it to the top.


Demeur said...

Can't wait for the debates. Biden would give her a new orifice. But alas I think she'll withdraw before then.