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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.

sarah palin amy goodman arrest american founding documents video podcastThe 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.

3 thoughts on “Sarah Palin, Amy Goodman and the Unfounding of the USA”

  1. darebrit says:

    There has been in the past few years, some talk of litmus tests for politicians entering into the national hustings. For most of us, the idea of litmust tests seems to fly in the face of the perceived intellect of persons seeking to be elected to public office. Indeed, most free thinkers are horrified by the thought that anyone should face an intellectual means test to be considered worthy of public service. I for one cannot concieve of a democratic system that would impose minimal standards of education and knowledge on those wishing to serve in a representative democracy. After all, we have grudgingly learned to accept that the present incumbent of the White House has a problem with the truth and is mildley dyslexic, and that at least one of his predecessors suffered from Altshiemers disease. We have even had a President who declared-against all evidencs -“I am NOT a crook!” only to be proven by history that he was.

    Now we are faced with the prospect of yet another VP who cannot spell potatoe and who knows nothing about the Constition. not only that, this prospective White House occupant was unable to teach her daughter simple biology!

    I really must protest. Are the neo-cons so desparate to regain the Presidency that they will put anyone up for office. I am even amazed that a former POW is a proper candidate for the presidency. if that is the case. What of the thousands of our nations bravest who also served in prisonor of war camps. And were tortured and maimed and killed in defence of a document that the present slate of candidates think is a cute old parchment which doesn’t mean what it says,

    I believe that each candidate for national office should be required to recite from memory the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights. That goes for police officers, school teachers, Preachers, lawyers and judges. This is the only document that the framers of the constitution insisted was the basis and strength of our Union.

    I will support prayer in school and anywhere else provided that the prayer starts; “God praise our Constitution and keep our Government and elected officers firmly entrenched between This sacred document and those who would change it to meet their own ends”.

    That would be a National Prayer I could go for. it would of course need some polishing and cleaning up to remove offensive words like “Our Constitution”.

    Sadly; we are faced with a prospect for the White House who believes that history started in 1954, and that ancient history (pre 1954). should be hidden or better yet destroyed.

    One last thing. PLEASE don’t send a repentant seventeen-year-old to plead her case at the Nazi Party Rally (sorry) Republican Convention.

  2. Ralph says:

    Oh, she’ll take the stage and smile and wave and wiggle her little bulge around. “Hi America, I’m an unwed pregnant minor!”

    She has to. Just like she has to keep this baby. Of course, I’m sure that’s “her decision.”

  3. Tom says:

    i’m also sure that the reason she’ll be marrying the troglodite that is her “baby daddy” was a result of a mutual and unforced decision on their part and not the ultimate shot-gun wedding so that they fit into the Republican “values” meme.

    Yeah, count on it.

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