Friday, September 19, 2008

Palin and the Pedge of Allegiance

Question: Are you offended by the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

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.

This was Palin's response to a questionnaire that she answered when she ran for governor of Alaska in 2006. As many people who know me will tell you, I find the Pledge of Allegiance and conservatives' adoration of it nothing short of amusing. You see, the founding fathers never heard of the pledge. It was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. Bellamy was, and this is the best part, a socialist. And conservatives who say we have no right to change the pledge by removing the phrase "under god" are forgetting one tiny thing. That phrase was never in the original pledge, and it was conservatives who had no problem changing the pledge when it suited them by adding the phrase. Anyways, it appears McCain's pick for VP could use a history lesson.

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