Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sarah Palin, historian

Two years ago, Sarah Palin was asked, in a questionnaire submitted to her by the Eagle Forum, the conservative organization founded by Phyllis Schlafly over 30 years ago to campaign against the ERA, whether she was offended by the inclusion of "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Her answer?

"Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers (emphasis added), it's good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance."

Interesting. The phrase "under God" wasn't inserted into the Pledge until 1954, just as the Cold War was hardening between the United States and the Soviet Union. And the Pledge itself wasn't written until 1892 and not recognized by the federal government as our nation's official "pledge" until the early 1940s, although it was commonly required in public schools from about World War I forward.

Oh, who cares? Right. It's not like Barack Obama made such a careless statement. Then we'd have something to worry about -- a black man willfully ignorant of his nation's history. Sarah Palin should be grateful she's not black . . . then she'd actually have to explain herself, especially to the right-winger commentators so enamored with her candidacy.

No comments: