Ron Paul Creates his own Forum

September 3, 2008

Ron Paul, before he disappeared from the Republican Party or at least its convention, placed second or third in about 20 Republican primaries. This was significantly better than say yesterday’s keynote speaker Fred Thompson.

Paul though was not invited to speak at the convention and given what he calls only limited access to it and so had his own “counter convention,” where he spoke yesterday for a balanced budget and a curb on militarism. He gave a rather stirring speech against our war efforts and about the meaning of “patriot.” The speech can be seen here.

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Palin: The Founding Fathers Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance and God Told us to Go to War

September 3, 2008

I guess I’m reporting on Palin so much because I think that her nomination is a cynical appeal ill informed voters.  It kind of frosts me.

God knows a president does not have to have an awareness of the history of the country they are supposed to serve.  The good presidents, however, have had some awareness of its history.

Sarah Palin the most qualified Republican to serve if McCain is elected but cannot serve out his term filled out a questionnaire for a right wing Alaskan group while running for office in 2006.  Her answers are reported here.  This questionnaire was posted on the groups website but it caused so much interest that the group has apparently taken it down.

The answers are precisely what you would expect from a far right wing “social conservative” but the one I like is the one in which she says that of course she does not object to the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance because “if it was good enough for our founding fathers, its good enough for us.”

The Constitutional Rights Foundation, a group which Sarah no doubt supports, reports that the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892.   This was the year Grover Cleveland defeated Benjamin Harrison.  Neither of these two is listed among our founding fathers.  According to the article linked above in the third paragraph, the phrase “under God ” was not added until the McCarthy era sixty years ago.

Separation of church and state was also good enough for our founding fathers.  Hopefully she feels as strongly about this as she does about the Pledge of Allegiance.

This is a little unclear though, as she believes that our troops are on a mission from God in Iraq.  We are on a Jihad!  Remember how Bush strained to back-track from saying that we were on a crusade there.  Despite sounding a little like a rabid Muslim cleric, Palin’s reference does also bring to mind the the Blues Brothers, as I guess do many aspects of the war preparation itself.

I think we need to know from Sarah where she believes God’s bidding will take us generally.