Monday, September 01, 2008

Let's do the time warp again

One of my favourite quotes is the -- possibly apocryphal -- statement attributed to Texas Governor Miriam Amanda 'Ma' Ferguson:

'If the King's English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for the children of Texas!'

Whether the attribution is correct or not, it -- and other statements like it, which often grant St. Paul familiarity with either English or the KJV -- have always succinctly expressed a certain attitude that you encounter more often than you'd like to: self-righteousness combined with ignorance.

How delightful, then, to find a similar, and more reliably sourced, addition to this great tradition.

When running for governor of Alaska in 2006, Sarah Palin (and other candidates) were sent a questionnaire that asked their opinions on a variety of topics.

Let's see if you can find what's wrong with her answer (via The Stone of Tear, via PZ):

11. 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.

Spotted it?

That's right: the pledge was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (a Christian socialist no less).

Its original version, moreover, was a bit simpler than today's: 'I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.'

'Under God' was added in 1954.

I like the original version better.

If it was good enough for Francis Bellamy, it's good enough for me.

We All Deserve Better®


The Wife said...

And her (unmarried!) daughter, age 17, is pregnant.

Be fruitful and multiply ....

J. Carter Wood said...

...and fill the Earth.

With your bothersome family problems.

I'm wondering (i.e., fearing) whether this is all going to make her seem a lot more sympathetic to some voters. Which is a shame, as it distracts from what a nut she is.

I'm looking forward, though, to hearing a lot from the convention about the effectiveness of abstinence-only education.

One wonders whether young Bristol (and Levi...good biblical name, that) wears one of those silver ring thingies...

The Wife said...

What? A Prince Albert?

J. Carter Wood said...

Careful: we don't want to start a new rumour...

The Wife said...

Don't we? Start a new rumour, that is?

Anonymous said...

I've no problem with Bristol, save the silly name - although that might be a UK double entendre thing. But you do realise that Palin's secesh, don't you? And that if McCain gets his second term and she stays on the ticket, there's a 1 in 3 chance she'll be President?

See you in Leeds, John. Til then, sweet dreams.

Chris W

J. Carter Wood said...

Hi Chris,

Great minds think alike, as my mother always used to say.

I was just checking out a video of Palin's address to the 2008 Alaska Independence Party convention. (Via LG&M and ABC News)

She was once a member of the organisation, apparently. The video is hardly...conclusive about her relationship with them, but when she refers to the party's 'important role' and tells them 'keep up the good work', you have to wonder.

This is, after all, a party whose primary goal is secession.

And why would you grace such a party with a video welcoming address when you're that state's governor?

A sad day for the party of Lincoln...