06/08/2010 11:10 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Sarah Palin: America's Historian

Thank God that Sarah Palin wasn't elected Vice President of the United States.

Thank God that Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska after only half a term, and no longer represents any American citizen.

Thank God that Sarah Palin explained that her national security credentials were based on living close enough to see Russia.

Thank God that Sarah Palin, when asked what newspapers and magazines she read, couldn't think of one. Instead she answered, "All of them!"

Thank God that Sarah Palin when asked to name her favorite Founding Father couldn't think of one. Instead she answered, "All of them!!"

Thank God that Sarah Palin when asked what Supreme Court decisions in history she disagreed with couldn't think of one. At least she didn't say, "All of them!" Instead she answered:

"There's, of course -- in the great history of America rulings, there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be, there would be others but..."

Thank God that Sarah Palin, while making a speech, had to write reminders on her hand to mention her one, supposed-area of expertise, "Energy" -- as well as "Tax," and even to "Lift American Spirits.

Thank God that Sarah Palin, before being nominated for Vice President, said that she didn't even know what the vice president did. Replying, "I still can't answer that question, until somebody answers for me, what is it exactly that the VP does every day?"

(Apparently, in addition to not reading newspapers and magazines, she never got around to watching Schoolhouse Rock.)

Thank God we have all this on the record, on video, for all the world to see and be reminded of, because otherwise no one would be believe it.

Yet Sarah Palin still, somehow is able to top herself with utter inanity. And there's no other way to describe it. Utter inanity.

On Fox News, a few weeks back, Ms. Palin spoke out on a proposed National Day of Prayer, discussing laws and the Constitution as if she had the slightest idea what she was talking about, as if she was an expert on law and American history. Chastising those who wanted to "revisit and rewrite history" -- this from someone who has shown she doesn't have even a grade school grasp of history.

This from someone who...

Well, as sportscasters like to say: let's go to the video. Here's Sarah Palin at the Wasilla Assembly of God Church, having hands laid on her by a witch hunter from Kenya, protecting her against evil demons, crying out, "We come against the spirit of witchcraft! We come against the python spirits!" - all amidst speakers calling on Christians to "infiltrate" schools, banks, media and the government.

So, that's the Sarah Palin who sat down on Fox News to discuss religion and history and tried to bamboozle the public by stating:

"Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant -- they're quite clear -- that we would create law based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments. What in hell scares people about..."

Wait, let's stop there a moment. This is someone who can't even name a Founding Father she likes. Who can't explain what the vice president does. And she's trying to convince listeners that she has even a clue what "our founders and our founding documents meant"?? This transcends gall. It turns demagoguery into an art form.

To state that our Founding Fathers meant to create laws based on the Bible is an exit from reality. In point of fact, here's what John Adams had to say on the matter -- you know, John Adams one of those Founding Fathers Sarah Palin can't name. The second president of the United States. In an official government document, the Treaty of Tripoli, John Adams wrote, "The United States is not a Christian nation" and "...the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion..."

If you want something "quite clear"... that is quite clear. You can't get much clearer.

Well, okay, you can. Here's what another of those pesky Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States -- you know, the one who wrote the Declaration of Independence -- actually said about religion and government:

"I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises."

Hopefully, that is clear enough about what the Founding Fathers (who Sarah Palin can't name) meant.

Yet Sarah Palin, in all her rabble-rousing ignorance continued, "What in hell scares people about talking about America's foundation of faith? It is that world view that involves some people being afraid of being able to discuss our foundation, being able to discuss God in the public square."

A person with no awareness of history, whose view of religion is protection from witches and evil demons, who accepts the infiltration of private religion into secular society, that person has no business lecturing others. I don't mean on religion, I mean on pretty much anything.

"Talking about America's foundation" is one thing, because that acknowledges addressing its secular foundation. Discussing faith is one thing, as well, because America encompasses all faiths. Discussing God in the public square is one thing, too, since public openness allows all topics.

But it's another thing when this is infiltrated into society, in an effort to turn personal, private belief into law. That's why those Founding Fathers created freedom of religion, so that all people could have whatever belief they wanted, which is what allows religion to flourish. As opposed to having religion be a part of government, where it is imposed on others, and faith withers.

Sarah Palin is a demagogue trying to force her personal demons on others, totally ignorant of what the Founding Fathers (who she can't name) actually believed about creating laws based on the Bible. Totally ignorant that one of those very Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, himself wrote -

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear."

What Thomas Jefferson and John Adams understood is America could never be a Christian nation because when a society imposes religion on its citizens, it is there that we see people jailed for their beliefs. It is there that we see the terrorism of fundamentalists against non-believers. It is there that we the totalitarianism of an Iran, Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and the Spanish Inquisition.

If Sarah Palin wants to honestly know what scares people -- that's what scares people. That, and people who don't understand any of this and who try to impose their narrow prejudiced beliefs and ignorance on others.

And still, there are people who ask Sarah Palin what she thinks. And people who listen. Thankfully, the more she speaks, the smaller she appears.

Thank God.