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Sarah Palin Displays Lazy Ignorance Yet Again: Palin Thinks the Founding Fathers Wrote the Pledge

I want to thank J. Clifford for pointing me to Sarah Palin’s responses to the 2006 Eagle Forum Questionnaire. My eyebrows hit the high mark when I read this passage:

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

Sarah 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.

That’s right: Sarah Palin, picked by John McCain to be his Vice Presidential running mate after they shared a phone call and an afternoon visit to one of his seven houses, thinks that the Founding Fathers put the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Even a cursory review of history reveals that there was no Pledge of Allegiance until 1892 and it wasn’t officially recognized by the U.S. Government until the 1940s. The words “Under God” were not added by the Founding Fathers, but by the action of… Dwight David Eisenhower. In 1954. This fact is well known to anybody who has followed the issue of the Pledge of Allegiance with any diligence whatsoever during the past two decades.

You know, this was a written questionnaire that Sarah Palin responded to. It wasn’t some pop question sprung on her by a reporter with a microphone. She had the time to research her answer. She very clearly didn’t. Palin’s response displays the kind ignorance that has its origin in intellectual laziness.

What other resolute “Not on your life” answer might Palin give without having a clue what she’s talking about? Is that the kind of President you want?

9 comments to Sarah Palin Displays Lazy Ignorance Yet Again: Palin Thinks the Founding Fathers Wrote the Pledge

  • Tom

    Yep, typical revisionist history brought to you by the party that lives in an alternate reality. When will we ever get back to brains, good ideas and sustainable lifestyles? The consumerist paradigm is all but dead, so we’re going to have to come up with a new way to live that is more realistic. It’s pretty much right before our eyes if we’d just have leadership that didn’t have its head up the corporate ass of our country.

  • Gary

    The Eagle Forum questionnaire page has been removed!

    Luckily, thanks to the Wayback Machine, we can still view the original here:


  • Ralph

    I’ll be damned, Gary’s right. Someone went in and took it down. Guess it’s a little embarrassing to someone…

    I think Irregular Times should save it and post it here!


    This is amazing. Somebody of her age should know lots of people who know the original version of the pledge. For example, didn’t she ever talk to her parents / uncles / aunts who remember “One nation, indivisible, united….” Anybody who went to grade school in the 1950’s would know that “Under God” was only added recently. Personally, I still prefer the original “true” version of the pledge that didn’t involve religion. This is a nation of many faiths and some people with no faith. We should not force everybody to believe the same religion.

  • Agreed. The words “under God” took one nation, indivisible, and divided it.

  • A P Bloom

    In Sarah Palin’s view of history, maybe Dwight Eisenhower IS a founding father.

  • bob

    The Founding Fathers would turn over in their graves qand throw up if they could see that Sarah Palin has actually become a recognizable prescence and ran vor VP in their beloved country. Its downright sick and shows how low the quality of Americans average IQ has sunken. Global Warming will lead to an Extinction Event due to the bottom of the barrel Sarah Palin types. Gross and sad what the country has become!

  • maine liberal

    another tidbit about The Pledge

    Francis Bellamy (1855 – 1931), a Baptist minister, wrote the original Pledge in August 1892. He was a Christian Socialist. In his Pledge, he is expressing the ideas of his first cousin, Edward Bellamy, author of the American socialist utopian novels, Looking Backward (1888) and Equality (1897).

    just yesterday (1/14/2010 palin was asked by Beck of all people

    BECK: That’s why we got to stop looking and start taking from the barrel and start picking from the tree. Who is your favorite founder?

    PALIN: You know, well, all of them because they came collectively together with so much diverse .

    BECK: Bull crap. Who is your favorite?

    where have we heard that answer before to an “unfair question”

    Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

    Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

    Couric: What, specifically?

    Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

    Couric: Can you name a few?

    Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news

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