Saturday, June 4, 2011
Over and over again, people who try to prove that Governor Palin is stupid show themselves to be the epitome of the same. One of these most famous times was when she mentioned partying like it's 1773. The media and blogosphere got all wee-wee'd up--pointing, laughing, jumping up and down--only to find out that she knows a lot more about history than they do. You can read about that here. That incident was quite embarrassing, so one would think that haters would learn their lesson, check their facts, and back the heck up! But no. The result? Further embarrassment, as Governor Palin teaches yet another lesson in history.
In New Hampshire, she made the following comments about Paul Revere's ride, which Politico's Ben Smith was all too giddy to mock:
He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free and we were going to be armed.
Smith then took a cheap shot at Governor Palin in his post. He writes:
Palin makes [Michele] Bachmann look like Longfellow.
Clever, Mr. Smith. And he wasn't the only clever clown. Jason Easley of PoliticusUSA donned a red nose and big shoes, too.
How many of these gaffes should we allow Sarah Palin to get away with?
Sarah Palin has absolutely no idea what she is talking about, yet she thinks she is qualified to be the President of the United States. When Palin spews her own incorrect version of history, we have a duty as Americans to correct it. As Sarah Palin considers running for president, we have a duty to report on her real words and deeds.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Easley, both obviously history-challenged, could learn a thing or two from the Governor. Certainly, they are not in position to correct anything. Lesson number 1, boys: tuck your tails between your legs and walk away quietly. Since they are so very invested in correcting wrongs, I'm sure they appreciate that Whitney Pitcher did just that, setting the historical record straight.
Those quibbling with Governor Palin’s statements have their history incomplete. During Paul Revere’s ride he was stopped by British soldiers, which Revere recounts in a 1789 letter maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Society, in his original language (emphasis mine):
I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back,and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from,& what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he asked if it was Paul? I told him yes He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up. He imediately rode towards those who stoppd us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment, Clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, & told me he was going to ask me some questions, & if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above. He then orderd me to mount my Horse, after searching me for arms.He then orderd them to advance, & to lead me in front. When we got to the Road, they turned down towards Lexington. When we had got about one Mile, the Major Rode up to the officer that was leading me, & told him to give me to the Sergeant. As soon as he took me, the Major orderd him, if I attempted to run, or any body insulted them, to blow my brains out. We rode till we got near Lexington Meeting-house, when the Militia fired a Voley of Guns, which appeared to alarm them very much.Upon being stopped, did Revere, in essence, warn the British soldiers of the colonists’ plans? Yes. The strawmen built by the media seems to almost indicate that Revere rode through the streets warning the British soldiers. In actuality, simply put, Paul Revere told Regulars of the colonists’ plans during his attempt to warn the colonists of the Regulars’ approach (Revere actually said, “the Regulars are coming!”. The colonist still viewed themselves as British subjects at the time and would not have said, “the British are coming”.)
Additionally, as the Paul Revere Heritage Project notes, Revere had reason for concern that the colonists’ arms would be taken away as they questioned the location of the militia’s ammunition (emphasis mine):
The Redcoats had set temporary roadblocks as a security measure and on their way to Concord they encountered British soldiers. Prescott managed to escape; Revere was captured and Dawes tried to run away but was arrested shortly thereafter. The British held Revere and interrogated him with a pistol on his chest. He was asked about the plans of the militia and where they kept their ammunition. When asked where the Patriots were hiding he told them the truth and replied that they had 500 militiamen in Concord protecting them and 1500 coming. As they rode towards Concord he was told that if he tried to escape he would be shot.There were no claims by Governor Palin that Paul Revere’s ride had anything to do with the 2nd Amendment as some spuriously claim. She simply indicated the immediate concern of Revere and the colonists. It appears that the media once again fail to grasp the history of our Founding again. You may recall that the media were in an uproar when Governor Palin encouraged Tea Partiers to party like it’s 1773, and the media claimed she didn’t know her Revolutionary War history. Oops. Governor Palin stated that this “One Nation” bus tour would, in part, draw attention to America’s founding and history. It looks like she is doing just that.
Read Whitney's full post here.
Legal Insurrection also chimed in to correct the record. In an article called "So Now All These People Will Apologize to Sarah Palin About Paul Revere, Right?" William Jacobson states:
As with most people, I simply took at face value the popular version that Paul Revere warned that the British were coming, the British were coming.
Not having any real reason to look into it any deeper, Sarah Palin's statement that Revere warned the British that the colonial militias were waiting seemed odd.
But it appears that the popular version is not complete.
In fact, as pointed out at Conservatives4Palin, Revere did in fact tell the British that the colonial militias, who had been alerted, were waiting for them.
Palin's short statement on the video was less than clear; that sometimes happens but the part of the statement which has people screaming -- that Revere warned the British that the colonial militias were waiting -- appears to be true.
I've learned something new today, about Paul Revere.
The leading lights of the left-blogosphere have made fools of themselves, as have people who are not of the left-blogosphere. I presume they all will be apologizing.
Read Jacobson's full article here.
An apology, he suggests. Now there's an idea. In fact, why not save time by recording it and putting the video in a readily accessible place. That way it'll be easy to pull out the next time they need it--and surely they will.
Despite my sarcasm, this kind of stuff truly sickens me. The media follow her everywhere she goes, she graciously grants them interviews, answering every question they have about substantive issues that affect our country, and when they think they've happened upon a gotcha moment, they pounce. Is there any wonder good people who simply love their country shy away from public service? God bless Governor Palin. May she ever speak the truth, take a stand for what's right, and persevere in highlighting the history of this great country.
You can read more history on the topic of Paul Revere's ride, which complies with what Governor Palin stated, by clicking here, here, and here.
(h/t C4P and Legal Insurrection)