No, George Washington Did Not “Pledge Allegiance to the Flag”
I had resolved to say nothing about Sarah Palin — really I had. But since I was sent home from school in Junior High for eliminating the “under God” part of the Pledge of Allegiance when it was my turn to read it over the school intercom, I just couldn’t let this go. Palin was asked in 2006, during her gubernatorial campaign, whether she was offended by the Pledge’s “under God” phrase. She responded:
“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 Steve Benen points out at the Political Animal, and as I knew when I was 14, the Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 and didn’t include the phrase “under God” until 1954.
Ah, the empty rituals of patriotism…