So, I went to Sarah Palin's website. Apparently, there are over 3 million people who like her on Facebook. Really? There are really 3 million people who admit to liking Sarah Palin. I went to her website because I read an article today about the HBO movie Game Change about how Tom Hanks "has to destroy Sarah Palin." At the bottom of the article was the comments section. One of the commenters noted that originally he/she bought into the original liberal interpretations that Sarah Palin was too dumb to chew gum and walk at the same time. He/she said that Palin was one of the few American politicians who probably knew what was happening in this country better than the rest. I will not disagree that point. She is a brilliant politician and a brilliant strategist. She is also very attractive and likeable by some in the Republican party as evidenced by her 3 million likes on Facebook.
However, she says dumb things.
Remember this? Here's a transcript as it appears in the Boston Herald, as linked on Palin's website. Revere “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms 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.”
That's not quite what happened. Fair enough.
Here's what Palin put on her website. If you click on read more and then read the rest, you finally get to the Boston Herald article she's referring to. I click on it and it shows Paul Revere wrote in his letter that he warned the British after his capture that he had warned Americans about the fact they were coming. Another historian noted that Revere basically told the British you would be confronting Americans. There were church bells ringing and there were shots fired.
One of the historians at the Paul Revere House is not so sure that is what she meant. He further called Palin lucky in her comments.
Fine. He warned the British. Awesome. There were warning shots fired and church bells ringing. That's good because you know, he was warning the Americans that the British were coming. So all that is right. You know what didn't happen? He didn't tell the British you can't take our arms. Regardless. He never said anything of the sort. The letter that they're quoting said,"there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.” Sweet.
I'm aware that the British were ostensibly there to take some of the ammunition supplies that we, as Americans, had. There is nothing to indicate that Revere told the British that they were not going to take our arms away. He may have talked to the British and said there are Americans to all the way up. It sounds like a bluff to me, but oh well.
You should probably just read PolitiFact's ruling on it.
I'll note something quickly and move on. Revere's famous ride was not made famous because he warned the British. It was because he warned the Americans. He knew the right people to warn. There was another person who did the same type of midnight ride to warn Americans. He was less susccessful and it was concluded by some historians that those were loyalist towns. That was probably incorrect. There's a small discussion about Revere's ride in the book The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.
To claim this article is vindication for the fact that YOU messed up in history is misleading. It is compounded by the fact that you hide the article in three ways before we are able to click on the article itself. If you did all that work then you would actually read what the article is about.
Governor Palin, you talk about diversionary tactics that the far Left uses to distract us from the real issues. This is a diversionary tactic, in its own right. The real issue is that you were wrong about your history or at the very least confused. You made some questionable comments. Instead of moving on and admitting that you misspoke, you dug your heels in. You claimed that if we knew our history we would see your side of the story. So you became more stubborn. Your followers believed you. You were called out on it even more and you dug in even more. The real issue isn't that you were wrong. It's the way you reacted when you realized you were in the wrong.