Sunday, August 31, 2008

Evidence of Idiocy

Michael Tomasky
In 2006, the Alaska state branch of the right-wing Eagle Forum asked gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin if she was offended by the inclusion of the phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance:

"Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its [sic] good enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance."
As Tomasky notes, the Pledge wasn't written until the late 19th Century (by a Socalist, no less) and "under God" wasn't added until the mid-20th Century.

Ok, this woman's candidacy could be pretty funny. She's a doofus.

Though in all likelihood the press will never ask questions to establish her general knowledge of US history, civics, and general knowledge.

If the press is true to form, we will probably get through this campaign without knowing if she can enumerate the rights in the Bill of Rights, or what the Alien and Sedition Acts were, or the Missouri Compromise, or the difference between SALT and SALT II, or what the Warsaw Pact was or anything that a President should know. I'd say she'll do ok in debates if they're vague and airy with little knowledge required. Get ready to scream at your TV screens, I suppose.

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