Tag Archives: Paul Revere

Sarah Palin’s Gotcha Question About Paul Revere?

8 Jun

By now, most of America has heard Sarah Palin’s quip about Paul Revere’s ride. Many more have seen Stephen Colbert attempt to renact the ride as Palin described it. The former half-term governor of Alaska defended herself on Fox News Sunday by saying her version of history was correct and “I know my American history.”

She also accused the “lamestream media” of asking another “shout-out, gotcha-type of question” to her. Few outlets have reported what that question was. Here it is. Pretty hard hitting. As she was in a bakery in the north end of Boston, a reporter asked:

“What have you seen so far today and what are you going to take away from your visit?”

That’s almost as bad as “what newspapers do you read?” Shameful, lamestream media people.

Errors in Sarah Palin’s Description of Paul Revere

5 Jun

Famed half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin was in Boston earlier this week and decided to offer everyone a history lesson on Paul Revere. Here’s a transcript of her comments.

He who warned, uh, the … the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringin’ those bells and, um, by makin’ sure that as he’s ridin’ his horse through town to send those warnin’ shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free … and we were gonna be armed.

Among the problems with her account:

  1. We were all British then: There was no difference between the people Revere warned and the British troops, at least in the way Palin described it. We were all British and considered under the reign of the King of England.
  2. There were no second amendment rights: Palin seems to suggest that the troops wanted to take away some right of the Americans to bear arms. Well, there were no protections like that.
  3. Revere fired no shots during his ride: The point of his midnight ride (which he did with around 40 other people, by the way) was to move silently through the area because there were so many British soliders around. He certainly didn’t fire any guns and also never shouted, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” as has been popularly reported.,
  4. Lanterns, not bells, were how the message was communicated: Remember, the point of the ride was not to raise the alarm. Silence was key. Lanterns were the method of choice to communicate. Much quieter than trees.
Those are just the most obvious problems with Palin’s statement. She has gone on to say, “I didn’t mess up” with her account of the ride. Normally, I agree that talking about this woman is losing precious seconds of our lives that we can’t get back, but this error is so egregious it needs to be corrected.
God, she is stupid. Who would ever vote for her?