Sarah Palin, Amy Goodman and the Unfounding of the USA
Are we seeing the unfounding of the United States of America? Well, up in Minnesota, we’re seeing some rather unfounded ideas seeping into people’s understanding of the foundations of the USA.
For example, we’ve got Sarah Palin saying about the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance that, “If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me.”
Sarah Palin seems to think that the Pledge of Allegiance is one of the founding documents of the United States of America. Palin seems to think that the Pledge of Allegiance was written by the Founding Fathers. Actually, none of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America ever said the Pledge of Allegiance. They never even heard it.
The Pledge of Allegiance was not written until 1892. The Pledge was not formally recognized by the American government until the 1940s. The words “under God” were completely absent from the original version of the Pledge of Allegiance, and were inserted in 1954.
History tells us that the Founding Fathers actually didn’t think that any Pledge of Allegiance was necessary. You know, if not saying any Pledge of Allegiance was good enough for the Founding Fathers, it’s good enough for me.
Does Sarah Palin think that the United States of America was founded in 1954, or did she simply never bothered to read about the legal issues about the Pledge of Allegiance before forming her opinion? Did Sarah Palin fall asleep during history class?
Let’s not blame the downfall of American freedom just on Ms. Palin, though. Have the rest of us fallen asleep?
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the police have arrested journalist Amy Goodman for doing nothing more than asking questions – exactly what a journalist is supposed to do.
The highest law of the land, the Constitution of the United States of America, states in its very first amendment that the government shall have no power to interfere with the freedom of the press. In arresting journalists for doing nothing more than peacefully carrying out their duties, the police officers guarding the Republican National Convention have themselves broken the law.
Who will hold them accountable? Will anyone at the Republican National Convention even apologize for this illegal arrest of journalists attempting to cover the event? I’m not expecting to hear any such admission of wrongdoing.
And now, as if those in power will listen, a short video podcast on Sarah Palin, Amy Goodman, and foundering of American democracy.