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?