Mediaite has tipped me off to the latest in Palinisms. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, 2012 presidential contender Sarah Palin makes an attempt to set a new world record in sentence length:
Bill O’Reilly: So why do you think America is a Christian nation?
Sarah Palin: I have said all along that America is based on Judeo-Christian beliefs and, you know, nobody has to believe me, though, uh, you can just go to our founding fathers’ early documents and see how they crafted a Declaration of Independence and a Constitution that, um, allows that Judeo-Christian belief to be the foundation of our laws, and our Constitution of course essentially acknowledging that our unalienable rights don’t come from man, they come from God, so that document is set up to protect us from a government that would ever infringe upon our right to have, um, freedom of religion, and to be able to express our faith freely, so it’s ironic that here on the National Day of Prayer, you know, there’s so much controversy about whether or not we’re a nation that’s built on Judeo-Christian beliefs and whether or not we can even talk about God in the public square, and that’s outrageous nonsense what we’re hearing.
At first I had no idea what Sarah Palin was talking about when she referred to “our Constitution of course essentially acknowledging that our unalienable rights don’t come from man, they come from God”. The U.S. Constitution does not contain the notion of “unalienable rights,” or of their origin from a god. In the Constitution — which is the basis of law in the United States — some rights are enumerated and others are said to rest with the people. The word “God” does not appear in the Constitution, and there are only two references to religion in the Constitution. The first reference is the declaration of Article VI that religion shall not be used as the basis for a public trust or for a person’s ascension to public office. The second reference is the declaration of the First Amendment that the government shall not be used to establish religion.
So how can Sarah Palin possibly characterize the Constitution as “acknowledging that our unalienable rights don’t come from man, they come from God”? I didn’t see the answer at first, but then it occurred to me that The Lord often speaks in mysterious ways. Now look at Article VI again:
“no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
What’s the real message here? I think Sarah Palin has used the power of anagrams to find the answer, a tweet from above if you will:
“Devil? ’tis bad. O yea, the USA sure shalt require God, atrocious enfant terrible Palin. Constituent ruse: quit l’office!”
Sarah Palin is if nothing else a faithful follower.