Sarah Vowell corrects Sarah Palin and her GOP speechwriters

>> Sunday, October 19, 2008

From the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, October 24, 2008, page 74:

Gregory Kirschling: During the vice presidential debate, I noticed Sarah Palin invoked Reagan's ''city on a hill'' speech, which is an image largely credited to a Puritan sermon you write about, by John Winthrop.
Sarah Vowell: It's quite a chestnut. Part of why I wanted to write the book was so I could talk about the sermon and what it means, to not just throw it around like a sound bite. When it's used as a sound bite, I feel like the ''city on a hill'' image is all about this ''We're number one, people should look up to us!'' But the sermon is about how we should look after each other. And the ending of it is quite foreboding.

Gregory Kirschling: Palin's quote was ''We are to be that shining city on a hill, as President Reagan so beautifully said, that we are a beacon of hope and that we are unapologetic here.''
Sarah Vowell: The ''unapologetic'' part killed me, because Winthrop's sermon is all about being prepared to apologize to God if you fail to take care of one another.
Take that Mrs. Ignorant Moosekiller!


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