I’ve been watching and reading in absolute fascination as the MSM, left wing bloggers and pundits have been busy spinning like tops the last couple of days to add another layer to their “Sarah Palin is stooopid” meme. The latest example comes as a result of comments she made on CNN about Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride. We’ll go with the USA Today’s write-up, as it first references the liberal New York Mag’s account of Palin’s remarks before noting the reaction of two left wing websites:
Sarah Palin apparently flubbed details of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride when she visited Boston yesterday.
The former Alaska governor, who may or may not be running for the GOP presidential nomination, thought Revere was warning the British army during the Revolutionary War.
Here’s the transcript, from New York magazine, of what she told reporters who were trailing her on her bus tour of historical sites:
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.
Revere was, in fact, riding from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the approaching British army.
I’d like to note for the record that that is three, count ‘em, three liberal sources USA Today referenced in response to the alleged “Palin flub”: NY Mag, Think Progress, and Mediaite. Add to that Ben Smith at Politico, who referenced Think Progress’ account of Palin’s remarks here.
Aaron Worthing, blogging at Patterico’s, has a spectacular round-up of predictable, mindless left wing reactions to Palin’s “flub”, so you get from their reactions and the regurgitation of them in the MSM, that they are definitively correct. Palin got it wrong, it’s just another example of why she’s unfit for political office, you shouldn’t trust her to take out your trash, much less advise on policy, etc.
Only, come to find out, Sarah Palin got it right – as William Jacobson noted here:
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. Here is the original historical text written by Revere (spelling in original, bold added):
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
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.
And so did anyone else who wasn’t busy jerking their knees over comments made by Sarah Palin.
History is an interesting thing, especially “popular history.” Sometimes it can be right, sometimes it can be wrong, sometimes it can be incomplete. For example, liberals would have you believe that Bill Clinton’s impeachment was about sex, when in actuality it was about him lying under oath about having an affair – and lying under oath is an impeachable offense. Popular history tells us that the 1964 Civil Rights Act happened because Democrats were fearless champions of the rights of minorities. In reality, prior to that Act being signed into law, every significant piece of civil rights legislation signed into law was done so thanks to Republican legislations and Presidents. Not only that, but as a percentage of their party, more Republicans voted for the 1964 CRA than Democrats. Popular history tells us that Paul Revere’s ride was to warn Revolutionaries that the British were coming, which is true, but what is not widely known – as evidenced by the left-wing freak-out over Palin’s comments – is that Revere also warned the British, when detained.
Funny how left wing elites think they know it all – but they really don’t. How amusing it’s been to find out that the joke this week has been on them, thanks to a bit of “educatin'” by the lowly Sarah Palin.
It’s both hysterically funny and maddeningly infuriating at the same time. Funny because of the irony at play with liberals trying to prove that Palin is an idiot, only to turn around and look like idiots themselves (hey, it’s happened before). Infuriating because the left wing interpretation of Palin’s remarks will, sadly, be what passes for “authoritative commentary” on the matter when it comes to the MSM’s reporting, thus creating another myth about Palin’s grasp of history.
I say all this as someone who is not a reflexive defender of Sarah Palin. I’m a big fan, but I’ve been critical of her in the past, especially as it relates to how she picks and chooses her battles with the MSM. I think she’s someone who at times spends too much time trying to refute MSM nonsense rather than going about her business, and trying to help good conservatives get elected to office. She needs to leave some of the refuting to bloggers – case in point (ahem). At the same time, I absolutely despite the snobbish, arrogant nature of left wingers both in the opinion world and in the so-called “unbiased” press when it comes to history and the facts. Not only are they regional bigots who take great pleasure in making fun of her accent – which is their code of way of saying “dumb country bumpkin hick!” – but they also frequently and deliberately distort, misinterpret, and/or lie about things that she says and does, because it’s fashionable to look down at the “little lady from Alaska.” On the other hand, our celebrity President can make outright absurd (and false) declarations about America, such as the one he made about how the Muslim population in America could technically make it “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world”, and you hear barely a contrary peep from the MSM.
There’s a reason they do this, and it’s not just because she’s a Republican. It’s because she’s a female Republican aka a “minority”, and as I’ve said before, there is nothing that the left and their allies in the press fear more than losing the “minority” vote. That’s why they can’t stand “minority” Republicans like Sarah Palin, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Rep. Allen West. These prominent Republican leaders are representative of the grip that the Democrat party is losing when it comes to the female, Latino, and black vote. When the left loses their stranglehold on these voters, they’ll find it a lot harder to win – because Democrats keep their party going by keeping the country divided into little “victim” groups, groups that they assert only the left can “rescue” … with more big government “solutions” that don’t work. Once a majority in each of these “special groups” feel less like collective victims and more like individuals who just want to live their lives with minimal to no government “assistance”, the left will lose and lose big.
I, for one, can’t wait for that day to come.