June 6, 2011

Sarah Palin knows her history

Not only does she know it, she knows it well, and she knows it far better than President Obama knows his geography. Democrats had a field day with Sarah Palin's seemingly incorrect version of Paul Revere warning the British. The only problem for them is she's right.

Think Progress quickly pointed it out.

But as Mark Whittington points out;
It started when Palin told a questioner, according to the Daily Caller, that Revere had had "warned the British" and not the colonials. The firestorm was instantaneous and viral. From staid organs of the mainstream media like the Los Angeles Times to the snarky left side of the Internet such as the Daily Kos, almost everyone arose in high dudgeon. 
Except, albeit somewhat clumsily expressed, Palin was correct.
Professor William A. Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection notes the memoirs of Revere himself, as pointed out by the Conservatives4Palin site. In it, Revere recounts an incident during the famous Midnight Ride in which he was accosted by a British military patrol and was interrogated about what his business was on the road. Revere indicated to his British captors that he had warned the countryside of the approach of British troops up the Lexington-Concord road, matching pretty much what Palin said. 
"He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and added 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." 
So how was it that Palin got it right and just about everyone else got it wrong about Paul Revere and his famous ride? Most peoples' knowledge about Revere begins and ends with the famous Longfellow poem, which somewhat fudged the actual history of the ride that night in 1775. Palin either has actually cracked open a book or, just as likely, was paying attention to the lecture visitors get when they go to Paul Revere's home, unlike her critics.
Oops...It's not the first time the left went off half-cocked on Sarah Palin.  Remember the press being all up in arms about her telling the Tea Party not to party like it was 1773, because, as they all knew, the Boston Tea Party was in 1776.  Except it wasn't.

Meanwhile President Obama gets to skate through his errors;

Remember his comment on 57 states?

Remember his comments on Afghans speaking Arabic?  Even he caught that one.

Or how about his knowledgable point that Europe is a country?

Of course that's not what the media will show you.  Palin was wrong about 1773, wrong about Paul Revere according to the media at the time, and later, proven correct on both counts, there were no large scale retractions.  You know why?  Because it makes her look smart, in fact a lot smarter than a lot of the pundits.  That's something they can't abide - not personally, and not politically.  So they won't point out that she was right, because not pointing it out works.  A lot of people on the right even , are locked into that negative personal opinion of her, and the stories they have crafted have done damage.  The don't want to let that opinion change, especially right now.

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