Sarah Palin and Liberty University are a match made in wingnut heaven. Last week she appeared there to promote her new book about the completely fictional “war on Christmas” and babbled incoherently about the founding fathers and how they would love Christmas and hate those evil atheist infidels she imagines are trying to destroy it.
“If you lose that foundation, John Adams was implicitly warning us, then we will not follow our constitution, there will be no reason to follow our constitution because it is a moral and religious people who understand that there is something greater than self, we are to live selflessly, and we are to be held accountable by our creator, so that is what our constitution is based on, so those revisionists, those in the lamestream media, especially, who would want to ignore what our founders actually thought, felt and wrote about in our charters of liberty – well, that’s why I call them the lamestream media,” Palin said.
She seemed to imply that Jefferson, who spent his summers at a home not far from the present-day site of Liberty University, may have been inspired by the religious college founded in 1971 by televangelist Jerry Falwell.
“Thomas Jefferson and his thinking, I believe that much of it fundamentally came from this area, having spent his summers here, having spent influential years here, two miles away from Liberty University,” Palin said. “Man, there’s something in the water, perhaps, around here – again you are fortunate you get to taste it.”
And there’s a bit of irony here as well. As Right Wing Watch points out, Jefferson cut almost all of the Christmas story out of his syllabus, now known as the Jefferson Bible, including the virgin birth, the wise men, and the visit from the angel. If Palin knew anything about the actual history, she’d be screaming about Jefferson having invented the “war on Christmas.”