Sunday, June 05, 2011

Sarah Palin on Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

It has been a while since I've posted on this blog, but I found this story about the former half-term Alaskan governor, and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and I'm just amazed. From the Los Angeles Times:

Sarah Palin, if you haven't heard, is taking some of her family around the country, visiting historical U.S. landmarks, and talking to the media along the way.

Thursday her "One Nation" traveling road show stopped in Boston, where the former Alaska governor, her parents, her husband, and little Piper visited Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church, and Bunker Hill. Palin posted photos of that leg of her trip on the SarahPAC blog.

One moment that you won't find posted on the blog is Palin's respo to reporters when they asked her who Paul Revere was. Instead of saying, "Come on, everyone knows who Paul Revere, the silversmith and patriot is," she stammered while saying this:

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."

Needless to say, the lamestream media are having a field day with that gaffe.

Here is the YouTube video:

Can anyone really be that ignorant and...dare I say...stupid? To think that if John McCain had won the White House in 2010, this lady would have been a heartbeat away from the presidency?

And now Sarah Palin is on a traveling bus, playing like she's campaigning for 2012. Unbelievable.

Update: Sarah Palin continues with her ignorance of American History. According to Think Progress:

As ThinkProgress reported, during a June 2 stop in Boston on her “One Nation” bus tour, Sarah Palin managed to spectacularly flub the historical account of Paul Revere’s famed “Midnight Ride.” Describing Revere as warn “the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells and, uhm, making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells,” Palin’s version inspired confusion and some much-deserved jibes from across the media.

None of this has deterred Palin herself, however. This morning on Fox News Sunday, she doubled down on her creative re-imagining of Paul Revere’s ride, saying “I didn’t mess up.”

Here is the YouTube clip of Palin saying how she "didn't mess up;"

And here is the printed quote:

CHRIS WALLACE: I gotta ask you about that real quickly, though. You realize that you messed up about Paul Revere, don’t you?

PALIN: You know what? I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere. Here’s what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that “the British were coming, the British were coming.” And they were going to try to take our arms so got to make sure that, uh, we were protecting ourselves and, uhm, shoring up all of our ammunitions and our firearms so that they couldn’t take them.

But remember that the British had already been there — many soldiers — for seven years in that area. And part of Paul Revere’s ride… And it wasn’t just one ride. He was a courier. He was a messenger. Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that, “Hey. You’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not gonna beat our own well-armed, uh, persons, uh, individual private militia that we have. He did warn the British.

And in a shout-out, gotcha type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. And I know my American history.

I went into Wikipedia's reference for Paul Revere's "Midnight Ride," and this is what I found out:

In the days before April 18, Revere had instructed Robert Newman, the sexton of the Old North Church, to send a signal by lantern to alert colonists in Charlestown as to the movements of the troops when the information became known. In what is well known today by the phrase "one if by land, two if by sea", one lantern in the steeple would signal the army's choice of the land route, while two lanterns would signal the route "by water" across the Charles River.

Riding through present-day Somerville, Medford, and Arlington, Revere warned patriots along his route - many of whom set out on horseback to deliver warnings of their own. By the end of the night there were probably as many as 40 riders throughout Middlesex County carrying the news of the army's advance. Revere did not shout the phrase later attributed to him ("The British are coming!"), largely because the mission depended on secrecy and the countryside was filled with British army patrols; also, most colonial residents at the time considered themselves British as they were all legally British subjects, [MY Ephasis]. Revere's warning, according to eyewitness accounts of the ride and Revere's own descriptions, was "The Regulars are coming out,"[My Emphasis]. Revere arrived in Lexington around midnight, with Dawes arriving about a half hour later. Samuel Adams and John Hancock were spending the night at the Hancock-Clarke House in Lexington, and they spent a great deal of time discussing plans of action upon receiving the news. Revere and Dawes, meanwhile, decided to ride on toward Concord, where the militia's arsenal was hidden. They were joined by Samuel Prescott, a doctor who happened to be in Lexington "returning from a lady friend's house at the awkward hour of 1 a.m."

Revere, Dawes, and Prescott were detained by British troops in Lincoln at a roadblock on the way to Concord. Prescott jumped his horse over a wall and escaped into the woods; Dawes also escaped, though soon after he fell off his horse and did not complete the ride. Revere was detained and questioned and then escorted at gunpoint by three British officers back toward Lexington. As morning broke and they neared Lexington Meeting-house, shots were heard. The British officers became alarmed, confiscated Revere's horse, and rode toward the Meeting-house. Revere was horseless and walked through a cemetery and pastures until he came to Rev. Clarke's house where Hancock and Adams were staying. As the battle on Lexington Green continued, Revere helped John Hancock and his family escape from Lexington with their possessions, including a trunk of Hancock's papers,
[My Emphasis].
From what I have read in the Wikipedia account, Revere set out to warn the colonial patriots that "Regular" troops were marching out towards Lexington and Concord--there were plenty of colonials that were also sympathetic to the British government. Revere did not shout out that "The British are coming," as the colonials thought of themselves as British subjects--the warning was meant for the patriots. Finally, Revere had to warn both John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the Regular troop movements, who would arrest both men if found. The information on Paul Revere's ride is there--you just have to quickly and easily look it up. I'll admit that I had to look up some of the details on Revere's ride.

Does Sarah Palin correct herself from her previous comments? No. She continues to spout her same, incoherent babble about how her events on Paul Revere's rid are correct. In some ways, it shows us just who Sarah Palin is. She certainly can't admit when she's wrong--even when the facts are arranged against her. Palin has embarked on this "bus tour" for who knows why? Is it a precursor to a 2012 presidential run? In some sense, this tour keeps Sarah Palin in the news, inflating a probably narcissistic personality with a huge ego. She doesn't read newspapers or magazines to keep up with foreign events. And every time I listen to Sarah Palin talk, it seems that she can't articulate a clear thought from her head. It makes her come off as being "stupid," or an "idiot." Maybe she is an idiot. I can't say, but this is not an individual that I want in the White House--certainly not with her fingers on the nuclear button.

And yet, there are plenty of right-winged extremists that love her. That is scary.

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