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(Thomas Jefferson)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Palin: I didn't mess up Paul Revere history (WHAT?)

This is dedicated to those people who sent nasty emails that ended up in spam about my Palin post yesterday.  How many more nasty emails am I going to get today?   I am not a member of the establishment, not a big donor, but know professors of American history who are now shaking their heads about the Palin comments from this morning that she was right about Paul Revere.  We decided to visit the website of the Paul Revere House to get the official story which took all of two minutes to find.  Here are the facts that Palin is ignoring with her revisionist history:

In 1774 and the Spring of 1775 Paul Revere was employed by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety as an express rider to carry news, messages, and copies of resolutions as far away as New York and Philadelphia.

On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere was sent for by Dr. Joseph Warren and instructed to ride to Lexington, Massachusetts, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. After being rowed across the Charles River to Charlestown by two associates, Paul Revere borrowed a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin. While in Charlestown, he verified that the local "Sons of Liberty" committee had seen his pre-arranged signals. (Two lanterns had been hung briefly in the bell-tower of Christ Church in Boston, indicating that troops would row "by sea" across the Charles River to Cambridge, rather than marching "by land" out Boston Neck. Revere had arranged for these signals the previous weekend, as he was afraid that he might be prevented from leaving Boston).

On the way to Lexington, Revere "alarmed" the country-side, stopping at each house, and arrived in Lexington about midnight. As he approached the house where Adams and Hancock were staying, a sentry asked that he not make so much noise. "Noise!" cried Revere, "You'll have noise enough before long. The regulars are coming out!" After delivering his message, Revere was joined by a second rider, William Dawes, who had been sent on the same errand by a different route. Deciding on their own to continue on to Concord, Massachusetts, where weapons and supplies were hidden, Revere and Dawes were joined by a third rider, Dr. Samuel Prescott. Soon after, all three were arrested by a British patrol. Prescott escaped almost immediately, and Dawes soon after. Revere was held for some time and then released. Left without a horse, Revere returned to Lexington in time to witness part of the battle on the Lexington Green.
Are people still supporting this woman who not only doesn't understanding basic American history, but has revised it now about Paul Revere and stands by her version?  

Did she not understand why the people with Paul Revere were so secretive before the ride as he thought he had a British infiltrator in his group?   Or that the bell tower was using to hang the lanterns -- one if by land, two if by sea?

Guess I could now be classified with the 'evil' mainstream media since I think she has pulled one big con job on conservatives.  If conservatives are looking for a candidate with intelligence, then they need to look elsewhere.

There is also a review out today of the new Palin two-hour movie that cost $1M about Palin and shows she is for something before she is against -- remember the flip flops of Kerry and Gore that conservatives made fun of?  You want to bet they defend Sarah?  Will the same Palinbots be raving about that movie as well and telling the rest of us that we are stupid not to see the brilliance?  The author's comments about the movie will make you laugh unless you are a Palinbot and then you will be mad that he didn't rave about the movie.

If Obama did the same thing, the Palinbots would be all over him but now that she has revised history it is okay.  Why?  That is the question a lot of us would like to know.  She has sold some gullible people that the media is out to get her all the time and she is always right.  Most of these people would normally think twice but not with Palin who is a rock star to them.  It is simply amazing to watch and makes you wonder what is the difference between Obama being treated like a rock star by the left and Palin being treated like a rock star by the right.  In both instances neither can do anything wrong as their followers will tell you and both sets go after anyone saying anything against their idols like they committed a heinous crime.

Nice to know that she knows more about Paul Revere and the Revolutionary War than professors of history that are appalled at her comments after this morning when Fox gave her a chance to say she misspoke.  She stood by her original comments.
Palin: I didn't mess up Paul Revere historyThe former Alaska governor was in Boston when she was asked about the Revolutionary War hero       By LAURIE KELLMAN The Associated Press
updated 2 hours 2 minutes ago — Sarah Palin insisted Sunday that history was on her side when she claimed that Paul Revere's famous ride was intended to warn both British soldiers and his fellow colonists.

"You realize that you messed up about Paul Revere, don't you?" "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace asked the potential 2012 presidential candidate.

"I didn't mess up about Paul Revere," replied Palin, a paid contributor to the network.

"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 going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have," she added. "He did warn the British."

Palin, who again said she has not decided whether to run for president, was asked about the Revolutionary War hero during a stop Thursday in Boston on her East Coast bus tour.

"He who warned the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms by ringing those bells, and 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."

Palin's brush with the nation's history came toward the end of her "One Nation" bus tour that generated intense interest as she traveled from Washington to New England. Along the way, she steadfastly refused "a million times" to say whether she was running for president.

 Even her otherwise successful media events can leave lingering questions about Palin's grasp of and interest in history, public policy and other subjects of substance. 
On Sunday, Palin insisted she was right about the purpose of Revere's famous "midnight ride." 
"I know my American history," she told Wallace. 
Excerpt:  Read More at MSNBC
One good thing is that she is not a teacher because some students in AK would be getting the wrong history lesson.  How she could say "I know my American history" is beyond a lot of us.  But then she is the person who said that she can see Russia from her front porch and that Africa is a country so guess we shouldn't be surprised.  Actually am shocked at the comments on various sites defending her revisionist history on Revere.  I thought conservatives were smarter than that.

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