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Daniel Kurtzman

Sarah Palin's Paul Revere Gaffe

By June 3, 2011

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Sarah Palin Paul Revere Gaffe Sarah Palin is the comedic gift that keeps on giving. She demonstrated that once again on her non-publicity-seeking bus tour when she attempted to give a history lesson about Paul Revere's famous midnight ride, and botched almost every fact.
"He who warned uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, 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." (Watch the video)
As any elementary school student can probably tell you, Paul Revere was not attempting to warn the British when he rode around crying, "The British are coming." Nor was he ringing bells and trying to protect gun rights.

Apparently Palin learned nothing at any of the five colleges she attended.

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Palin's botched history quickly drew widespread mockery on Twitter, where comedians and other jokesters began Tweeting historical facts as imagined by Palin (using the hashtags #AccordingToPalin and #PalinHistory). A few of the best:

@pandagon Paul Revere found a mosquito in amber, and from that, brought dinosaurs to the Pilgrims. #PalinHistory

@TheDailyShow After the British burned Atlanta, folks didn't wait for handouts -- they rebuilt it in the golden age of Reconstruction. #AccordingtoPalin

Palin Paul Revere Cartoon @TheDailyShow Betsy Ross was like America's mama grizzly, sewin' stars and stripes on the uniforms of those greatest generation heroes. #AccordingtoPalin

@sayno2pharma We fought the Cold War to prevent global warming. Duh. That's why we call it the "Cold War." #AccordingtoPalin

@brx0 If the Indians *really* wanted the Pilgrims to stay away, why did they build all those casinos? #PalinHistory

@TheDailyShow As George Washington said, "No government health care, thanks, I'll make my own teeth from small-town American wood!" #AccordingtoPalin

@sayno2pharma Marie Antoinette said "Let 'em eat moose!"#PalinHistory

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Comments

June 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm
(1) Bill Liddell says:

To UNDERSTAND the ride of Revere and William Dawes you have to understand the actual reasons for the rides. Early on April 19th, 1775, the British Commander dispatched the best of their troops in Boston to march out of Boston towards Concord via Lexington to seize colonial gunpowder stores there and caputure Hancock and Adams; although arguably this would have been better done by dragoons on horseback rather than foot solders.
It was impossible to gather up all the firearms in private hands so gunpowder was the key to controlling the militiamen and thus the colony. You see most Mass militiamen had enough for only about 20-25 shots each. The majority of the gunpowder were held in common storage in Concord. By seizing the gunpowder the British commander could, essentially disarm the entire Massachusetts Militia.
Therefore, the actual GOAL of the British march was gun control: to disarm the rabble rousers and the threat to British control that their individual firearms presented. No gun powder = no guns.
So, Revere and Dawes then DID INDEED begin a process to: “Warn the British that they were not going to be taking away our arms” and “we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free … and we were gonna be armed.” Which is exactly what Mrs. Palin said, and far, far from what your reporter claimed. A little knowledge, and research, goes a long way in these things.
The militia moved their gunpowder and cannon out of Concord ahead of the British arrival. The militiamen of Massachusetts then chased the British in near rout all the way back to Boston and besieged the city. The War of the American Revolution had begun, April 19th 1775. All started by a British attempt at gun control.
While not slickly articulated, Mrs. Palin hardly ‘flubbed’ anything. She was historically and factually correct no matter how you twist and distort it for the amusement of the sycophantic and misleading the uninformed.

William Liddell
Gloucester, VA

June 4, 2011 at 2:50 pm
(2) William Liddell says:

Oh, and BTW… Neither man rode out shouting “The British are coming” as all the inhabitants of Massachusetts WERE British. The actual phrasing was “The Regulars are out.” Meaning the King’s troops had marched. But then so much for historical accuracy…

June 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(3) ben says:

Palin really does wear her ignorance as a badge of honor – and her base loves her for it.

June 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm
(4) Eric says:

Maybe because her base is as ignorant as she is? Stupid loves stupid.

June 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm
(5) Shera says:

Mr. Liddel is the epitome of a Palin apologist. I read an amusing blog on Forbes that addresses just that.

June 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm
(6) Phil Turner says:

Here’s the Forbes article that debunks the above nonsense:

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/06/04/the-palin-apologists-strike-back/

Following the Sarah Palin playbook of never admitting error, the ex-governor’s minions are busy flooding the Internet with ’proof’ that Palin did not misspeak when suggesting that Paul Revere warned the British that they would not be taking arms from the colonists during his ride where he, apparently, rung bells and fired muskets.

The effort to back up Palin is based on taking bits and pieces of facts surrounding the historic event that, when cut and pasted together, work to make Palin look a little less befuddled than her actual statement would indicate…

Read the rest here:

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/06/04/the-palin-apologists-strike-back/

June 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm
(7) FloridaPete says:

‘m questioning Sarah’s status as an American citizen. Paul Revere is elementary school level history. The fact that she got it wrong proves to me she wasn’t born nor educated in the US. Dare I say, she may not be a natural citizen. Ms. Palin, show us your long form birth certificate

June 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm
(8) Shaun-Katherine says:

It still remains that there were no ‘warning shots’ or ‘bells ringing’ or warnings to the British that they weren’t ‘gonna be takin’ away our arms’. The intent to capture the gunpowder reserves was largely a practical measure complimenting the ongoing measures used to subjugate and control the Colonial population, like quartering troops in private homes. Communal storage of gunpowder was not limited to potential revolutionaries, but to all members of a community. Militia were not initially formed to ‘fight the British’ but to defend the British colonies in which they lived. Washington was first a Militiaman serving during the French Indian War.
The suggestion that this is a form of gun control is as logical as the suggestion that the communal storage of gunpowder is a form of communism! It assumes meaning and intent out of context. Gun control relates to private ownership and conflicts over applications of the 2nd Amendment in more recent times. No one can argue that any army including our own would take the practical measure of limiting enemy access to available arms. This is quite different than gun control. Paul Revere’s actions represented the efforts of individuals to who believed in their freedom to govern themselves and their willingness to die for that freedom. Ms. Palin got that right when she said ‘we were going to be sure and we were going to be free’!
Sycophantic followers? Misleading the uninformed? Those could be applied to supporters who rise to her defense over any aspersions to her actions or words. The best thing in this situation is to recognize that she made a mistake. One of Ms. Palin’s charms is that she gets caught up in the moment and is rather unscripted. She does not pretend to be an intellectual. She regularly misspeaks, but that is also part of her appeal. I cannot imagine that such an error is not best addressed by laughing it off and clarifying her point in a later interview or speech. Bush often did so with grace and charm.

June 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm
(9) burkelbile says:

Stupid is as stupid does

June 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm
(10) Nick says:

Willy L – Were you there? Those are your interpretation of the facts and Mrs Palin had no idea what she was talking about. Please stop trying to make a square peg fit into a round hole. I SERIOUSLY doubt she knew the history as you claim it. Or as it was taught in the 8th grade. …oh no. Please don’t tell me. You would vote for her??!?!?

June 5, 2011 at 12:50 am
(11) ROCKER13 says:

why is the media following this moron? I thought she she said paul Revere was riding an elk! she is the most arrogent self absorbed person on the planet the world leaders will eat her up and spit her out she continues to make her self look stupid time and time again! and yet palin supporters still dont get it are you kidding me president hey maybe in a hockey rink

June 5, 2011 at 8:11 am
(12) JC52 says:

Whether she knew the facts or not, she comes across as a blubbering bimbo. I cannot imagine this country with a cheerleader in charge.

June 5, 2011 at 11:42 am
(13) Stan Jankowitz says:

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. . .”

http://www.masshist.org/databa...

June 5, 2011 at 11:52 am
(14) Alaska-Frank says:

For awarding a degree to this abysmally ignorant twit Palin’s teachers should be sold into slavery, the University of Idaho’s accreditation revoked, its campus burned to the ground and the earth sewn with salt!

June 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm
(15) Alex (With a Brain) says:

My, my, my. They just don’t make arguments like they used to. Lets begin with the absolute basic, shall we? Paul Revere went on a ride and was caught and questioned by the British. He did, in fact warn them, that “There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.” Now, doesn’t that sound a little like what Palin said? So clearly the Media and left-wingers were COMPLETELY wrong on their American history.

June 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm
(16) Alaska-Frank says:

Ha, Ha, Ha!

Sell it to the drooling imbeciles, Alex. No one with a brain that does anything more than take up space between the ears and rot is going to buy such a feeble excuse for a reasoned argument.

June 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm
(17) edo says:

good grief! where do these palinites derive their information? Revere fired no shots and rang no bells. His ride was to alert the colonialists that the regulars are coming. His later interaction with the British was NOT from his ride and did not include any shots, bells, bombs, etc.

Oh how I wish Palin would help Obama so much by running. Please Sarah RUN! The more you talk, the better Obama looks everyday!

Graduate from Univ of ID…the Alaskan Potato Head

June 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm
(18) edo says:

I thought Paul Rever rode the Concord from Lexington to Boston with Palin & Bachman as flight attendants

June 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm
(19) edo says:

poor Mr Liddell has drank too much of the Plain kool-aid. While it is true that the British did have their eye on the gunpowder stockpiles at Concord, Revere’s mission had absolutely NOTHING to do with this. He was all about getting to Adams and Hancock while passing the word along the way of the coming arrival of the British Regulars.

After being detained by the Brits later, he simply lied by overestimating the size of the colonial forces. There was no grandstanind, no claims that the Brits would never take our arms, any ringing of bells to alert the Brits…

Understandably, Ms Palin, the former half-term Gov of Alaska may not read newspapers, but apparently, she fails to read history books too. Perhaps she was relying on the same resources that Rep Bachmann did when she stated the the shots heard around the world were from New Hampshire.

I am unsure which it more pitiful. The lack of research and knowledge of alleged leaders of the tea party or the fact that there are so many lemmings so intent on blind faith that would follow such inane interpretations of OUR AMERICAN HISTORY!

June 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm
(20) marperl says:

Palin makes it tough to be a humorist because she’s a natural, and the rest of us actually have to work at it!

That said, we must persevere. Here are some headlines we’d rather NOT see, including:

Woods and Schwarzenegger: “We’re just dating. It’s nothing serious.”

Palin retracing Paul Revere’s ride on roller skates.

More headline whimsy is at Thinking Out Loud, http://marperl.blogspot.com/2011/06/more-headlines-we-just-dont-want-to-see.html

June 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm
(21) edo says:

Alex, perhaps you do not know that if the brain you have is not in your skull then it does not work. Having a book does not make you learned. Perhaps, you might want to return that brain for one that works…covered under the Palin warranty program

June 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm
(22) joe the plumber says:

Doubt that mad grizzly could past the citizenship test.

June 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(23) hdaddy says:

Next, she will tell us how we entered WWI following the German sinking of the RMS Titanic.

June 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm
(24) Moving to Canada says:

I think what Caribou Barbie was trying to say was that there was this guy on a horse who rode around the woods at night with guns and stuff and told the other guys that stopped him some stuff that they would believe and stuff with bells and stuff so they wouldn’t take our guns and stuff…or stuff like that.

We should give her a break and make her queen of the part of the world we own and stuff.

June 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm
(25) Tyrone says:

SARAH PALIN A WALKING TALKING NUT

It has been say that Sarah Palin scares liberal! That can’t be further from the truth. Sarah Palin is the dumbest of dumb Republicans! Opening her mouth is her worse enemy. In the video, which was taken at Boston’s Old North Church, Palin gives a bizarre version of Revere’s 1775 ride. Addressing an unknown person, Palin remarks:

“He who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and, um, making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.”

WHAT AN IDIOT!!!!!!

But what really scares liberal is the fact that there are Americans. That thinks Sarah Palin is smart and will make a great President. A proven idiot a proven quitter! Remember there where Americans that thought the worse President in American history G.W. Bush was great! The Republican hero was and is Republican President Ronald Reagan. Who we now know suffer from Alzheimer while in office! Confirm in a book written by Reagan’s son. Former President Gerald Ford wrote in his bio that world leaders saw Reagan as stupid. Yet there are Americans that see Reagan as a hero of the Republican Party! Voted for him twice!
Sarah Palin WILL NOT run for President! More then anyone she knows she is to stupid to be on the street of the white house! Let along inside! Sarah Palin was caught reading from her hand! She quit her job as Governor of the smallest state in America! Today Sarah Palin has made more money then she made in her entire life! Criticizing President Obama and spreading lies and dividing the country. Has been so profitable Palin as elected to going on a bus ride to promote ………..HERSELF!!

June 6, 2011 at 5:56 am
(26) Ike Halani says:

She ain’t even fit to be a circus barker, let alone be president !

June 6, 2011 at 7:26 am
(27) TL says:

Dumb libs don’t know history.

June 6, 2011 at 8:59 am
(28) WING says:

Sarah Palin also believes that Harry Potter, Alice and the Mad Hatter took part in that notorious Tea Party that Paul Revere had organised at – um – Philadelphia or somewhere around there.

June 6, 2011 at 10:08 am
(29) Whatever Works says:

Winston Smith Lives!

Revisionist history leaps off the pages of the novel ’1984′ and out of the mouth of Sarah Palin!

Trump/Palin 2012

June 6, 2011 at 11:02 am
(30) Obama's 57th state says:

After reading this article i almost felt sorry for the conceited author about how foolish he now looks. Then I read some of the absolute drivel being typed from morons who couldn’t even admit when confronted by the evidence.
Edo your knowledge of history is as abysmal as your lack of ability to comprehend what Palin said. Stupidity and blind hate are not virtues my son. Go back to night school and get a GED. Better than hanging in your mom’s basement showing the world your ignorance. Good Luck.

June 6, 2011 at 11:10 am
(31) Hoover Beavenheimer says:

OK… Bill Liddell is correct on the historical significance of Mr. Revere’s ride. However, it clearly wasn’t Revere’s intent to “warn the British” by riding past the homes of colonists yelling that the regulars were on the move. I mean, the British Army already knew that, right? And what about “those warning shots and bells” that Palin referred to? There were no shots fired or bells rung as part of Revere’s mission. Palin is just plain dumb. You can twist and edit her words around history all you like, but she clearly had no clue what she was talking about.

June 6, 2011 at 11:12 am
(32) Dave says:

I was shocked to see MSNBC correct the negitive story writting about Sarah being wrong about Paul Revere’s ride. She was correct when saying Revere warned the Brits. Don’t you just hate it when facts get in the way?

June 6, 2011 at 11:48 am
(33) Jopa says:

Why is that when someone on the right is asked a questions off the cuff, and it does not meet the expecations of the leftist media, they are considered stupid. Why not hold the lib politicians to the same criteria? Obama said that he had been to 57 states, that we should treat kids with asthma with a breathalizer…ect…not a peep about his level of intelligence. If you study history, and do not take the leftist media’s word on it, Paul Revere did warn the British. He told them they were going to get their a$$e$ kicked.

June 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm
(34) WTF2011 says:

Everyone, I mean EVERYONE, knows that Sarah Palin was speaking loosely regarding Paul Revere and it was obvious that she meant to say that Paul Revere warned that the British were coming. I doubt seriously that she knew the fine details of the actual facts…she simply slipped up and instead of stating that she mis-spoke, she would rather change history in her favor. No matter how right her people try to make it seem, she still comes off as being as dumb as a box of rocks. Please support Ms. Palin to run in 2012, so that Obama will not have any real competition.

June 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm
(35) Mike Heller says:

Bill Lidden: Do you honestly believe that Palin was attempting to give a more sophistocated version of what happened, as opposed to a simplified version known to the general public? If so, you are as dumb as her!

June 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(36) DonMac says:

I can’t decide who is the biggest “Gift” to the Democratic Party this year.

Palin, Trump, Newt?

Is that the best they can come up with?

I’m going to re-register as a Republican, just so I can vote in the primary for one of the above.

June 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(37) Don Mac says:

Actually, Revere and Dawes were riding to warn the colonists about the “Death Panels” that were being set up in Lexington.

June 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm
(38) Criticalthinker says:

This is Palin’s exact quote:

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

1. The sentence structure is convoluted and the grammar is completely wrong, what in the world is correct about that?

“he who warned” ?? WTF???

2. Revere, Dawes, and Prescot were on a SECRET mission and the plan did not include them getting caught by the British soldiers in way shape or form, so OBVIOUSLY the purpose could not have been to warn the British soldiers!

3. Again the three riders were on a SECRET mission so there would not have been any bell ringing or warning shots.

I find all you Palin apologists hysterically funny, when you try to convince anyone with half a brain that the convoluted statement said by Palin, somehow meant the same as saying that when Paul Revere was caught on his mission he lied to the British soldiers about the size of the colonists armY!

June 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm
(39) Michael says:

At lease she knows how many states we have! Obama thinks it’s 57! Yeah, he’s bright!

June 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm
(40) Tastentier says:

@William Liddel:

Mrs. Palin’s exact words were: “He who warned the… the… the British that they weren’t gonna be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells and, um, making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free.”

This doesn’t sound as if Mrs. Palin was talking about a captured Paul Revere reluctantly telling the British about the alarmed colonial militia after his famous ride to warn the colonists of the advancing British troops. And why would Mrs. Palin possibly tell the proud citizens of Boston about Revere’s captivity and what could be seen as his betrayal of the colonist cause?

It appears that Mrs. Palin’s was struggling to remember what Revere is best known for, and all she could come up with was him riding through town and all that business with the bells and the warning shots (erm… yeah) and that it had something to do with the British and… better fall back to safe territory: They ain’t gonna take away our bear arms, those durn British libruls! If in doubt, fill in the blanks by spouting the party line. it is a bit ridiculous to claim that this stammering was an accurate record of historic events.

June 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm
(41) MICHAELS says:

Makes you want to ‘ride thru the night and warn others’ she is coming to your city or town.

June 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm
(42) Embarrassed Republican says:

Of course Sarah knows her history…she lives in America! She can see it when she looks out her back door (or front door too I guess). I’d like to see you “refudiate” that! And if you don’t believe she lives in America, then just ask our “North Korean allies”, they’ll tell ya. But be ready for a “squirmish” if you tell her you don’t believe her. Them’s fightin’ words!

So she says he’s shooting guns and ringing bells. Of course Paul was…why would he care about doing his ride in secrecy? It’s not like British patrols were all over the place or something. And of course she was “warning the British”…*Everybody* was British back then so technically she was right.

Please give her a break.
Sincerely,
Nicolas Sarkozy

June 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm
(43) Rick Carver says:

I am no fan of Sarah Palin, but I am tired of the media trying to discredit her when she is absolutely right. This weekend, she was quoted in nearly every media outlet as saying, “He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, 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.”

As for the taking away or arms, Revere is quoted several times telling British officers and officials that they would never succeed in disarming the American colonists. During the British march that Revere is famous for warning or, the primary goal of the British regulars was to apprehend the leaders of the opposition, Sam Adams and John Hancock. The secondary goal was, to disarm the populace along the way.

Who does not know history: the media or Sarah Palin?

As for ringing bells, Revere was captured and detained at the town of Lincoln after he failed to successfully run a British roadblock. Upon interrogation, Revere made a bold bluff and claimed to have complete knowledge of the British plans and stated there was an army of over 500 armed men in the vicinity of Lexington waiting in ambush. A few minutes later came the sound of a heavy volley of musketry in the direction of Lexington’s meeting house and then the Lexington town bell began ringing. Jonathan Loring, a Lexington patriot who had been captured earlier, turned to his captors and shouted, “The bell’s a’ ringing! The town’s alarmed, and you’re all dead men!”

There were bells ringing as a warning. Who does not know history: the media or Sarah Palin?

The fact that Paul Revere travel by horseback is a well-documented fact. His warnings are known, as is the general alarm that he and other sounded throughout the area. Who are really the stupid ones that don’t know history here?

June 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm
(44) LieutenantDan says:

“Paul Revere was a real American, just like Christopher Columbus and Rocky Balboa. He not only warned the British that they were not taking away our guns, but he set up a group of people disguised as Santa Claus to ring bells and stand around red buckets as a warning to the people not give the British our God-given machineguns.”

June 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm
(45) Todd W. Byars says:

Sarah Palin was wrong in her quote. Paul Revere rode to alert the colonial militias that “The British are Coming!” and after his ride he did confirm those facts to the British but that had not been his purpose.

The Historians who throw away their objectivity and real history to get on TV and support BS are very disappointing.

June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm
(46) DKM says:

This thread proves most people know nothing about history and that when people assume they make…well you know the rest.

June 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(47) Concerned says:

@Rick Carver:

Whether it’s a chronic matter of grossly misinterpreting (or misunderstanding) reality, or a complete inability to express herself self clearly (or in a nuanced fashion that retains a shred of integrity)… Palin has an issue. Pick one. I’ll take —

Ooh, ice cream!

@Tastentier:

While I totally understand your attempt to be respectful by referring to an older, married woman with children as “Mrs,” generally people displaying childlike naivity and impudence are referred to by their first names. Bowing to respect or lending unnecessary courtesy is generally reserved for a man’s grandmother, a promising presidential candidate, or a local middle aged candy shop clerk who died last week unexpectedly.

On that note, maybe you were ironically referring to her career immediately before becoming an unwitting celebrity.

June 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm
(48) Ron C says:

Well Palin haters it looks like the joke is on you once more. She baited you this time and you took it. She had just left the Revere House. Don’t you think the park personnel had maybe said something about this? Anyway, here’s a link to the Boston Herald which admits Palin was correct. This should be the end of this sad attempt to discredit a fine lady.
http://bostonherald.com/news/us_politics/view.bg?articleid=1343353

June 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm
(49) Concerned says:

@Ron C

Keep looking at the parts you want to look at, kid. Realistic comments from the article you quoted:

Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British.

“I suppose you could say that,” Leehey said. “But I don’t know if that’s really what Mrs. Palin was referring to.”

McConville said he also is not convinced that Palin’s remarks reflect scholarship.

“I would call her lucky in her comments,” McConville said.

Meanwhile, the state’s Democratic Party held a thin blue line on the issue, insisting on mocking Palin despite a brief historical review of the matter. State party chairman John Walsh wise-cracked that the region welcomes all tourists, even those with “an alternative view of history.”

“If you believe he was riding through the countryside sending text messages and Tweets to the British, still come to Boston,” he said. “There are a lot of things to do and see.”

June 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm
(50) summer says:

I had to memorize the poem “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” in 5th grade. Every word engrained in my head. He was a blacksmith and a spy for the American Rebels. Yes, I have a degree in History and Art History.
Sarah is a fumbling idiot. If you do not know the facts, keep your mouth shut, or admit when you are wrong. It really does give merit to oneself.

June 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm
(51) David says:

Yes, the goal of the British was ultimately gun control, but he was not warning the British of anything. Why is it better to rewrite history than for Palin to admit that what she meant to say came out wrong? I guess it’s the Fox News mentality that once it comes out of you mouth it’s fact and admitting that one misspoke is an unacceptable sign of weakness only attributed to liberals. A true conservative can never admit a mistake, no matter how outrageous. Better to justify the comment to the point that people don’t actually know the truth anymore.

June 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm
(52) Mary C says:

Do they not teach American History in Alaska…it is one of the 50 states after all…Sarah Palin continues to prove that she is a bumbling idiot…when are we going to wake up and realize she has nothing to offer but a good laugh now and then…!!!

June 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm
(53) Rick says:

This entire conversation I find quite annoying. It would seem to me that all of the Palin defenders are bringing facts to the table while perhaps a quarter of the attackers are, with the others just calling her an idiot with no evidence. I am a liberal and don’t like Sarah Palin in the slightest, but people like all of you are hurting the overall integrity of my beloved party. For whoever quoted the poem, the poem is incorrect. It claims Paul Revere arrived in Lexington by horse, whereas he truly had to walk. I’m going to be perfectly honest right here from a factual standpoint, not a political one. Everything Sarah Palin said was true. Whether or not she meant it to be so is up to debate, but I personally believe that she did know what she was talking about and the media is wrong. There clearly were bells and gunshots to alert the townsmen that the “Regulars” were on their way (Colonists were themselves British, so whichever one of you said “The British are Coming” is wrong.) Paul Revere also said that the militia would stop the Regulars from taking our arms and warned them that Colonists would be waiting for them. Now don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled Sarah Palin isn’t VP, but this particular incident has just killed the Left. LEARN YOUR FACTS! WE CANT AFFORD ANOTHER EMBARRASSMENT LIKE THIS!

June 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm
(54) Ron B says:

Her version of history if you actually listen to it is off. She said he rode and warned the british…. that’s not true. He was arrested at one point and that’s when he “warned them”.

She took bits and pieces…. it was an honest screw up… but as they said on AC360 she doubled down.

I love how she called “what have you taken way from this experience?” a gotcha question.

So if you don’t know…. it’s a gotcha question? Really?

June 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm
(55) TXMAN says:

WOW, I guess all you Palin haters were not paying attention when President Obama said, “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.” I don’t have enough space for Joe Biden gaffes, in fact, if he says anything right it’s a surprise. Let’s not forget about a classic Al Gore statement, “I took the initiative in creating the Internet.” Out of all of the gaffes, I think Palin’s is the least stupid. Hard to believe a Harvard graduate could think we have 58 states, but I guess when you only read what’s on the teleprompter, common sense is out the window.

June 7, 2011 at 1:21 am
(56) joe says:

I wonder why people that say what she said is factually correct are called apologists. It seems that the head of the Paul Revere Society is saying that she is absolutely correct. People who have actually studied all that Revere did say he was stopped that night, by the Kings troops, and he told them they would not be taking the arms of the colonials. He informed them they would be met at the commons by 500 colonials who would not give up their arms.

While everyone is running around saying how stupid she is, it seems that she is more educated than most. I’m no Palin fan, but, I do believe in honesty and fair play. The lady’s statements are correct.

June 7, 2011 at 3:11 am
(57) billy sencious says:

I think Mrs Palin want to say that Paul Revere from a french family try to surrender to the communist of the red coatted army of the British empire. And betray, as any frenchman, the native american of USA
Is it historically correct ?

June 7, 2011 at 5:58 am
(58) simona says:

Perhaps all those that think that Palin is so stupid ought to bone up on their history and/or improve their listening skills. A simple read of the Paul Revere page on Wikipedia would have reveled that her statement was correct.

June 7, 2011 at 7:23 am
(59) Alex says:

Actually you need to be more careful, the wikipedia page has been editted so many times in the last few days that at any given moment you might see something different. What we need to point out is HIS ACTUAL LETTER THAT SAID THAT HE WARNED THE BRITS THAT THEY WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO TAKE OUR ARMS! AND THAT THERE WERE SHOTS AND BELLS TO WAKE EVERYONE UP EVEN IF HE DIDN’T PERSONALLY SEND THEM@

June 7, 2011 at 8:52 am
(60) Joe says:

This story makes me laugh, but also makes me very sad. Palin is comically unqualified to do anything but shoot at game in Alaska, yet somehow she is still in the public eye as a politician. Remember what she said to those elementary school kids about the role of the Vice President of the US? It’s horrifying how stupid she is.

June 7, 2011 at 9:37 am
(61) MeowCat says:

Those with no brain twist the facts. He did not go out to warn the British, as Palin erroneously said, he was captured and then told them…a very different scenario with an altogether different meaning. Worse than this ignorance is the inability to admit being wrong. This level of immaturity and perceptual handicap is exactly how George W. ran our country into the ground. It’s amazing that people support these underdeveloped “leaders.” We’re still paying for the horrible judgement of the Bush administration, and will be for some time, and now they promote people like Palin? Now we know why we’re falling behind the rest of the world and struggling at home. It’s time to take this seriously and stop supporting incompetence just because you purchased the letter jacket as a kid.

June 7, 2011 at 9:57 am
(62) MeowCat says:

@simona

Never use Wikipedia to get informed. It’s a better double-check source. Entries, according to them, are comprised by consensus. That means children, the ignorant, and people with warped agendas are welcome to contribute. Expert contributions are regularly washed out in the noise. I would suggest you “listen” to better sources and be careful with Wikis as they are often not reliable or valid sources of information. As another poster pointed out, due to Palin’s irresponsible behavior there was an attack on the topic intended to rewrite history that would have misinformed readers. Crazy stuff.

June 7, 2011 at 11:45 am
(63) terry left says:

so, after reading Paul Rever’s own account of the events…..Palin was more correct than many of you above…….As far as elementary schoold education, all they teach is the poem written by Longfellow which is far more inaccurate that Palin’s comments……So who are the uninformed idiots???/

June 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm
(64) equaljustice says:

HAHAHAHAHA SARAH… RIGHT.. Liberal media.. WRONG! AGAIN.

June 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm
(65) Steve says:

When I was attending Notre Dame, I was required to take summer courses to fill in gaps in my prep education. One of those gaps was American History–and I don’t mean HS or GS level, but real American History. As an assignment, we chose a significant figure of the battle for independence (it was NOT a revolution, but rather a defense of the status quo) to profile in depth. Mine, as you might guess, was Paul Revere. I still have the work on him that I submitted some 45 yrs ago. Guess what, all of you public school educated deficients, Palin was ABSOLUTELY CORRECT in saying that colonists did “warn” the British that they were in for a fight. And, despite the misinformation learned from that stirring (though, embellished poem) Revere incited people to “ring the bells” (as did Dawes). The British regulars who arrested Revere did so on the basis of “disturbing the peace” by inciting people to “ring the bell”.

Once again, a deficiency in public education has led to unwarranted attacks on a well educated, accomplished person.

June 7, 2011 at 1:54 pm
(66) Wes M. says:

I wouldn’t vote for Sarah Palin for president but the hatred by the media, the left-wingers, and the Palin-haters on this article/thread are really sick.

Palin’s comments were absolutely correct. Even left-leaning NPR admitted as much – see for yourself the full transcript with Robert Allison, a professor and historian at Suffolk University: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/06/137011636/how-accurate-were-palins-comments-on-paul-revere

Joke’s on the media and blind haters this time. How embarrassing for Daniel Kurtzman, the author of this article.

June 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm
(67) Mark says:

The author is an idiot and over half the commenters are idiots. At least be responsible enough to check the facts before you flamespray someone. Now you’ve all made yourselves look like the uneducated imbeciles. I don’t care for the woman, or her “interpretation”, but it was at least factually based. That’s better than half the drivel the commenters posted…….ask any elementary school student.

June 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm
(68) equaljustice says:

HAHAHAHAHA PALIN right.. you uneducated fools? …not so much. :) Try reading a history book. Even if they did catch her of guard and speaking off the cuff, she still got it right! :)

June 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(69) 1wiseguy says:

So, Palin out smarts the idiocracy yet once again!

Oh, and the best one I heard is that Paling got it right, by accident and was just “lucky”.

If Palin got it right by accident, then what does that say about the left… who must have got it wrong on purpose1 LOL

June 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm
(70) Dershy says:

How about that, Pailn was RIGHT AGAIN any you MORONIC liberals are once again WRONG! When will you idiots learn Palin is smarter that all of you COMBINED! She plays you like a violin! LOL!

June 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(71) Bill, Richmond Virginia says:

The real and only question, it seems, should be….how is America giving this imbecile ANY time, credit, or attention? She’s not qualified to teach elementary school…yet people are wondering if she’ll run for PRESIDENT????? WE are the problem….not her. Her problem is she’s the absolute definition of arrogant…one how has little to no level of self awareness.

June 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm
(72) Bill, Richmond Virginia says:

….oh….and clearly Dershy has taken the meds out of their proper order again…and “and” i spelled with a “d,” not a “y.”

June 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm
(73) Alex says:

Ah yes, Sarah Palin is a complete and total idiot for being completely correct with her comments. Who can forget what she said about the Tea Party being in 1773, we all know it was in 1776….. wait a second… what was that? The tea party was in 1773? thats impossible, the media ridiculed her for it. Well i guess they must have been wrong and she was right….Well that can’t mean anything.. they are still smarter than her. She insisted that Africa was a continent. What was that? She was never caught on video saying that? Well that can’t possibly mean anything. The media told me she said it. What’s that, the “Well Respected Republican Strategist” was a hoax? Well I guess she was right there too… Now let me think… The media got 3 stories completely and totally incorrect, and Sarah Palin got them right. So who is it that is really unfit to lead the country? Mr. “Breathalyzer for Asthma”?

June 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(74) irishalaman says:

It never fails..
The loony left is awaiting pictures of Weiner’s weener for their
fun and joy while Sarah is villified for noting that Paul Revere did warn the British. It was a history lesson for me as I never knew Paul Revere was captured.

Did YOU?

Take a new Weiner Poll as MSNBC has surged to the top with little back and forth from David letterman and his couch:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KSQRFZG

June 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm
(75) sandy says:

Uh, actually Danny, Sarah is correct. Read your history, this time with your eyes open. Actually the gaffer that keeps on giving is Obama and his jester…Biteme. 57 states. don’t know what is May 5th, how about coprsmen. Oh, I can go on and on with these two morons.

June 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(76) Alex says:

Small piece of info so that my rational peers don’t look like our irrational leftist counterparts. Obama didn’t say that there were 57 states. He said that he had been to 57, and had 1 more to visit because he doesn’t visit Alaska or Hawaii. He believed that there were 60 states. That is not as stupid as 57. Still dumber than Palin being correct though.

June 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm
(77) Good says:

Everyone here (usually calling names) that supports Palin is as wrong as she was. Revere did not warn the regulars. He was captured and lied to them about the number of militia, under threat of gun, and that is very different from ridding out to do so. That was not a warning but an embellishment that he never intended to concoct. He did it to protect locals and attempt to scare the regulars. Have you asked yourselves why he would warn (boast) to the regulars? Everyone here who defends her incorrect statements is making Revere out to be a traitor.

June 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm
(78) Alex says:

You could not be more incorrect my friend. Sarah Palin isn’t saying that Revere pointed to where the Militia was and whispered to them, “They are planning to take you by surprise, go sneak up on them and kill them.” What Sarah Palin was quite obviously saying was that Paul Revere looked the British in the eye like a true hero and said “You will never take our guns, we will stop you.” He warned them that they wouldn’t take our guns, not that there was an ambush waiting. Read what Sarah Palin said rather than what you think she said. It is refreshing to see a Lefty who knows the truth though, and by what he is saying, Palin must have been correct

June 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm
(79) Pete says:

I am amazed at how ignorant the Left has shown themselves to be when it comes to facts. Well, perhaps not that amazed.

June 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm
(80) Ken says:

Well, its june 7th.

Now that Palin has been proven right there is silence………..

Crickets………………

Where is the retraction?

June 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm
(81) 3lmer says:

Lemme guess? This is a blogspot haven of Obama supporters ranking on Palin for being stupid?
Pailin (even with her flaws) would be a much better President that your anointed Obama.
Libya? gas prices? Oil drilling? unemployment? horrid housing market?
Go ahead, make fun of Palin.
Obama fiddles while American Rome is burning.

June 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm
(82) WYD says:

Alex, no matter how hard you “white knight” for St. Sarah, she’s still not going to sleep with you.

June 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm
(83) Rush Beck says:

So, Revere and Dawes then DID INDEED begin a process to: “Warn the British that they were not going to be taking away our arms” Which is exactly what Mrs. Palin said and which makes absolutely no sense.

How does one “warn” the British that they were not going to do something or other?

Liddell defends Palin babbling incoherent nonsense by babbling his own incoherent nonsense How bizarre is the right wing ideology? Do they take everyone else for fools?

June 8, 2011 at 2:56 am
(84) Arturo_Vandelay says:

From all the talk I thought she gave some sort of lecture on Paul Revere, complete with dates and facts in depth. Instead I find a couple of offhand sentences. The media must be getting pretty desperate. I don’t plan on voting for Palin at any level, but I don’t plan on voting for the fellow that thinks there are 57 states either. You know, the media approved candidate. Barrack Hussein Obama MMMM, MMMM, MMMM…….

Funny, but the British were constantly trying to capture rebel arms, especially artillery pieces, but that doesn’t fit the media template of the story, so let’s make sure not to have any discussion outside of the usual personal attacks. Meanwhile Biden is locked in the attic to make sure he doesn’t make any “misstatements” about being the British Labor Party leader or similar piles.

June 8, 2011 at 5:56 am
(85) Michael D. says:

Before your crucify Sarah over her history lesson, you might want to read what the Boston University History Professor said about her comments. Yes, so sorry to report he found her comments to be accurate. Whoops, when does the retraction begin?

June 8, 2011 at 7:31 am
(86) Alex says:

“Rush, I am warning you, you aren’t gonna be able to elect Obama again. Rational people will stop you.” See that? I just warned you that you weren’t gonna be doing something. Hmm…. I guess it is possible. How about you stop hating on a non-politician who was correct and start watching the President who has made bad decision after bad desicion

June 8, 2011 at 9:11 am
(87) rkd says:

It really is sad that most Americans never bothered to learn world or American history beyond the 1st-3rd grade level.” One if
By sea and two if by land” is easy to remember but maybe not the whole story.
Lincoln never told a lie Washington chopped down the cherry tree. Whatever your depth
of research on our history

June 8, 2011 at 9:29 am
(88) canuckgirl says:

Thanks to Sarah and Michele for proving once and for all that blonde jokes are completely discriminatory. Pretty hard to defend statements that Paul Revere was protecting the Constitution when it hadn’t even been written yet.

June 8, 2011 at 9:42 am
(89) shane says:

She did get it right PUTZ,you better ck your college courses…. LOL

June 8, 2011 at 9:57 am
(90) CharlesT says:

When did we get to the point in this country that facts play no part in public discussions?

Recently Sarah Palin commented that Paul Revere had “warned the British” during his famous ride. She was immediately denounced as an idiot who knew nothing about American History, then as a bigger idiot for insisting she had been right in the first place.

The trouble is: she WAS right in the first place.

It would be difficult to imagine a more authoritative source of information on that event than the memoirs of Revere himself. Those memoirs are available online. There are two pertinent documents: first, a manuscript deposition written possibly at the request of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, dated 1775, and second, a letter from Paul Revere to Jeremy Belknap, dated 1798.

In both documents, Revere notes his having been arrested by a British patrol under one “Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment.” He comments on warning this officer and his men that the Americans were aware of the British intention to seize arms. He further notes warning them that he, Revere, had raised the countryside against them, and that they would be facing armed resistance in the immediate future.

For those willing to set aside prejudices and actually check facts, the internet referent is “Paul Revere House,” where the documents are kept in the archives. Follow the links to Revere’s words. There are both photocopies of the originals and transcriptions available.

Then everyone call apologize to Ms. Palin.

June 8, 2011 at 10:09 am
(91) Gregg says:

Well, it turns out that Palin was exactly right all along. And why not? It turns out that she was getting a history lesson (on the real story of Paul Revere and the significance of what he did) and was simply repeating the more detailed facts about that night, and not just a catch phrase that most people know, including the media. The real story here is the asinine treatment of her by the biased media. It’s like when she was referring to the Boston Tea Party (1773) and the media assumed she was referring to the Declaration of Independence and wrongly scolded her for that. The fact is that she is far more intelligent than most of the biased media. It’s time for the biased media to let it go. You do not exist to marginalize any particular person. Just report the facts for a change.

June 8, 2011 at 11:11 am
(92) Annabelle Casey says:

She is correct you idiot. In fact you are wrong.In fact when Paul was warning that the brittish were coming he was captured by them . And he told the brits that they didnt stand a chanse because when the bells rang and the lights were onhe saidthat the people were fore warned letting the people knnow to bare arms and fight for their freedom and so he warned the brits in a way saying iI might be captured but my country will be free and so Sarah is correct

June 8, 2011 at 11:21 am
(93) IndyOPO says:

I think the real issue here is judgment. If you don’t know about something, or aren’t well versed, it’s not terribly wise to speak about it in public. Especially when you consider the title and premise of your party relies heavily on the period and locale where this all took place.

It was a mistake. Say oops and move on. If it requires as much “well, technically ….” probably wise to avoid the topic.

I do like Sarah Palin. I’m sure she would be great to have as a neighbor. However, I wouldn’t vote for her as President anymore then I’d vote for my current neighbor. (no offense Adam)

June 8, 2011 at 11:29 am
(94) erleebird says:

Was Sarah born before Alaska became a state?? Is she really an American citizen? She’d be a great cheerleader on some high school team! Why do some people continue to take her seriously? How could anyone treat her seriously and/or put the lives in her friviloous hands? Annie Oakley would have been a better candidate (oops) potential candidate. There’s a thought — is she related to Annie Oakley? Beats me!

June 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm
(95) TGT says:

I can’t believe people are defending Sarah Palin solely because she is conservative! I am an Alaska resident, and I can’t be happier that she is gone from state politics. The problem with Ms. Palin is that we, as Americans, won’t ignore her. As soon as people stop paying attention, she’ll become completely irrelevant. I hope that most Americans can agree that she isn’t presidential material. Sarah Palin as president-SCARY!

June 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm
(96) democrats are the root of all evil says:

Wow, the left-wing retards are out in force!

June 8, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(97) canuckgirl says:

Some of Palin’s statements represent the truth and some are either out right attempts to deceive or stated out of complete stupidity. She talks about defending the right to bear arms when the document that gave those rights had not even been conceived. It is an example of distorting history to support her current views. Blind partisan allegiance of GOPers to Palin irregardless of her complete lack of competency, is even more scary than her outright stupidity. Politicians need IQ and personality screening before being allowed to run. Weiner for example would have been disallowed to participate in politics if such testing were in place because he would have been disbarred for being an idiot, a lier and a weiner.

June 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm
(98) Mark says:

It’s just like we were all taught in grade school:

“The British You’re Coming, The British You’re Coming!”

June 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm
(99) Chuck with a C says:

I won’t be voting for Palin, but as a historian I can say with certitude that she was dead on accurate with her account. It’s time for some of you here to dig into actual history and learn it from the original texts vs. the revisionist nonsense that’s been taught in public schools since about mmm~1920. Go back and actually read Revere’s notes on the infamous ride that he penned himself. Here’s the link: http://www.americanrevolution.org/revere.html

June 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm
(100) Alex says:

This isn’t about Sarah Palin at all. It is completely and 100% about the terrible bias the media has. As a libertarian, I do believe that the media has the right to do what it wants, but it is masquerading as a fair news entity when in reality it is extremely biased in favor of the left.

When Sarah Palin, enemy of everything the left stands for, said something that didn’t concur with the education these geniuses had, the media jumped on it calling her an idiot yet again. As it turns out, she was right yet again, but in general, the media still acts like she wasn’t (with exceptions).

@IndyOPO if it requires a “Well technically,” it doesn’t mean she should avoid it. It means that it’s more complicated than these geniuses in the media can understand apparently, as she was right
@erleebird & TGT we aren’t defending her because she is conservative, otherwise there wouldnt be scattered defense from learned leftists. The reality is, YOU are attacking HER because SHE is conservative. You are complete hypocrits

June 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm
(101) Larry Copcar says:

Sarah Palin is the classic example of the pretty girl syndrome.
Guys will listen to her spew anything no matter how goofy it is because she is a beautiful lady.
If she looked like Mrs. Doubtfire you wouldn’t see or hear anything about her. She sets Woman’s lib back 40 years.
She should do a Playboy spread and call it a day.

June 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm
(102) Wake Up Lefties says:

One of the most basic laws to follow is that before telling someone else they are wrong, make sure you know what you’re talking about.

Never mind that Revere himself detailed his capture and the fact that he warned the British that the “Inhabitents” would be ready for them. Why bother with reality?

Thank God the left is filled with such a bunch of morons.

Keep up the good work dummies!

About.com should be embarrassed – the only thing funny about this column is the fool who wrote it & those that listed to his drivel.

June 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm
(103) TGT says:

Alex,

I feel that I can say what I please about Ms. Palin as she was half governor of the state I have resided in for the past 20 years. Ms. Palin is out for notoriety and cash only! I can’t say that my previous comments were so much an attack as the truth. Have you ever met the Palin’s? Were you in Alaska when she was governor? Did you even know who she was before 2008? No, then deal with the facts! She always blames the media for her gaffes, and then people like you quickly jump in to “defend” her and ( fill in all other conservative blowhards here)! I am liberal, and I think Mr. Wiener should quit! Would you ever say the same about any conservative that stepped over the line? Ms. Palin wasn’t right for Alaska, and she sure as hell isn’t right for America!

June 9, 2011 at 2:42 am
(104) Curiosities says:

The people trying to say she got it “right.” Give it a *(&#)#$ rest. At best Palin alluded to some things that were in the right ballpark, but stated extremely poorly. That is alright. The people on your side of the aisle that are handling this correctly are pointing out the issue of why Palin is focused on for f-ing up and why others like Obama get to essentially slide with far less coverage when they f up. The others though, all I can say is I hope/wish you aren’t allowed to vote. Voting takes the ability to think after all.

June 9, 2011 at 7:19 am
(105) EddardinWinter says:

@canuck

“She talks about defending the right to bear arms when the document that gave those rights had not even been conceived”

Read the constitution, dear. It states that these rights were given by God, and guaranteed by the constitution.

You call names and disparage her (palin’s) intellect, yet your lack of information and knowledge on the topic is clear to any who know the facts.

The right to bear arms wasn’t invented with the Bill of Rights, it had been established by the people who fought together to defeat the greatest power on earth at that time (England).

The colonists didn’t wait to start bearing arms until the Constitution was ratified. Do you really think the colonists were all unarmed until then? Now that is silly.

Now see how I made my point and didn’t have to call you an “idiot”. When you know what you are talking about, you don’t have to personally disparage others.

The related articles on this page are at this time
“palinisms – Dumb Sarah Palin Quotes Gaffes and Lies”
“Dumb Sarah Palin Quotes – Top 10 Stupid Palin Quotes”

Palin was wrong/clumsy with a point or two in her statements, but closer to the facts than the writer of this article. He also seems to like calling people names and ridiculing them to make himself look smarter, along with the linked articles as well.

June 9, 2011 at 7:32 am
(106) Alex says:

@TGT
I wouldn’t vote for her either, but she is absolutely and 100% correct in what she said about Paul Revere. People like you -not lefties- just people like you, are always so quick to attack her for stuff that she says. I don’t even think there is an argument anymore, everyone agrees she was right, which is all anyone on this board is saying. And no, she didn’t blame the media. (the “gotcha question” thing did seem retarded to me too though) People like me just saw she was being attacked, used common sense, checked the facts, and got them.

June 9, 2011 at 10:03 am
(107) Rene Provencher says:

One- The colonists did not call their rifles “arms”.
Two- they did not use the word “gonna” I can go on and on. God didn’t you read the old first editions of history?
If you did you would know a lot more about this historical event. Revere and Dawes and a third man did not walk up to the British troops and tell them, “you’re not “gonna” get our arms”. If you’re going to try to say that Palin is correct in her history. Tell her to study it and do it correctly. The Colonist very seldom had conversations with the British.

June 9, 2011 at 12:11 pm
(108) bb says:

And where was everyone when Obama misspoke regarding “52″ states?

June 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(109) Eneeray says:

Seems to me like a wonk briefed Palin before her appearance and had all the details about Revere’s ride and capture. I envision how they may have told her about how to spin the story of his bluff to the British into a gun control plug. It could have been pulled off if she had a teleprompter, or if she was good at regurgitating wonky policy stuff like most good politicians are (and by good I mean sucessful). I submit that she totally spaced. She struggled to remember what the policy wonk told her to say and mangled it terribly. She did remember the elements, just not how to knit it together at all. That’s my theory.

June 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm
(110) Alex says:

Hey geniuses, if the colonists and founding fathers didn’t call weapons “arms,” then why does the first amendment use that exact word for that exact purpose? And you all are completely narrow minded if you can’t understand that Paul Revere warned the British. It wasn’t his intention to, but it still happened. Just because I don’t start life trying to be a garbageman, that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. Paul Revere (reluctantly) warned the Regulars (Colonists were also Brits) that we were going to stop them. I don’t see any room for argument here. If there is, please show me. None of the other 110 comments have

June 10, 2011 at 9:19 am
(111) Snoweer says:

If Michele Bachman and Sara Palin combined to run for the Presidency, then their version of Paul Revere would be, “Paul Revere warned the British on his ride to Lexington, New Hampshire.”

Seriously, Sara Palin doesn’t scare me, it’s that tiny portion of the American electorate that has made her wealthy by idolizing this dimwit.

We need the best and brightest to lead America, not cute dimwits.

FYI – The “gotcha” questions that Palin claims have been asked her are: “What do you read?” and “What did you take from this?” Typical Palin, blaming the media for exposing her ignorance.

June 10, 2011 at 9:50 am
(112) Dale Lundquist says:

“Warn the British?” Huh? Paul Revere was ordered by Dr. Joseph Warrington to warn Adams and Hancock in Lexington which he did but he was captured by the British before reaching Concord. Almost all that most people know of this event comes from a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860 which he barely paid lip service to the facts and excluded much that did happen. But then, he was attempting to inspire patriotism on the eve of the Civil War so perhaps he should be granted considerable poetic license. Let’s not take it for history however.

June 10, 2011 at 11:46 am
(113) Jamie K says:

She may not be very articulate when ambushed by reporters for a quick history lesson. I mean really if you wanna compare gafs, check out our sitting President who doesnt know how many states we have at times..seriously, anybody can flub in front of a camera!
http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/barackobama/a/obama-isms.htm

June 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm
(114) Rich says:

Interesting….I just read the wiki on Paul Revere’s ride. It seems that the British army was, ini fact, dispatched to disarm the Massachusettes Militia. Paul (and others) rode to warn the militia. He was later caught and iterrogated at gunpoint, where he warned the British army that the militia was prepared to defend themselves against any attempt to disarm them.

Hmmmm…..even though the exact words she attributed to Revere were probably not verbatim – it does seem that the premise of Palin’s story is essentially correct.

The militia was, in fact, defending their belief that they had the right to remain armed.

Revere did, in fact, warn the British that the militia was armed and prepared to engage the British.

June 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm
(115) Tripp says:

Liddell…I love how you idiots take history and twist it out to conservative truth. Bottom line, Palin is an idiot, she got it wrong and whats funny is she is the one who dug her own hole and tripped into it. The reporter didnt even ask her that question… She is, along with most evangelical conservatives, a moron.

June 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm
(116) Alex says:

Tripp, I love how idiots like you refuse to accept facts when they are right before your eyes. Paul Revere was captured by the British and warned them that the Colonists would stop them. He also alerted enough townspeople to ring bells and send warning shots to let everyone know the regulars were coming. These aren’t even disputable, they are cold hard facts.
Rich, thank you for seeing logic, but Wikipedia just went through a content war on Revere’s page and it can’t be trusted. Go with actual facts, not openly edited pages

June 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm
(117) fredericoj says:

I find it fascinating to read the comments here. Pro-Palin posters put out facts (historical articles, Paul Revere notes, quotes from history professors,etc.) in stating their case that Palin was right. The anti-Palin posters just resort to name calling, and/or stating that they “know” what Palin meant. Hmmm, who has the stronger argument…

June 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm
(118) Frederf says:

Ok, obviously what happened is someone with a history degree on her tour told her something beyond the grade school version we all know. Palin, proud of her newfound nugget of wisdom, showed it off in a completely inarticulate and agenda’d manner. Then, following the knee jerk reaction she completely failed to explain why and exactly why she was right.

It’s really hard to criticize Palin’s ideas when she never seems to construct whole sentences of a logical flow. From the sane: “I went to the store to buy more cheese because I was out of cheese.” would be for Palin: “Cheese, you know, the stores there. Americans deserve what they work so hard for. Our cheese supplies are drying up. Go republicans!” All the elements of the direct line of thinking are there, but in no sensible order.

Palin was trying to shoehorn the Revere history into the modern issue of gun control. Republican gun nuts are the heroic colonists and the Owelian Democrats are the English oppressors. If that’s the parallel that Palin really wants to draw, that scares the heck out of me. If the concept of having an investment in your fellow American, aka socialism, is that wrong then all Republicans should be issued a single bullet with clear instructions on how not to miss.

June 12, 2011 at 6:04 am
(119) NAPF says:

Well…. I DO believe that Sarah chose the right hero to depict.
1. Sarah never finished her Governorship and Paul Revere never finished his ride…(^_^)
2. Paul Revere bluffed his way out of being captured, Sarah is trying to bluff her way into the White House.
3. Paul Revere used scare tactic’s of the ringing of the bell on the British Regulars and Sarah is wringing the Liberty Bell…

June 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm
(120) jj says:

Well, as someone that had the honor of growing up in New England and close to all of the historic locations, she is from Alaska which like Obamas birth place, is BARELY part of the United States. And I guarantee, you ask most students in the U.S., especially people from Texas to the West Coast, and they won’t answer that question correctly. Not a bright statement, but just saying.

June 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm
(121) Tor says:

As I understand it:

1. Paul Revere rides his famous ride to warn Adams etc. about the British soldiers
2. At a LATER point in time, while on a covert mission he is UNINTENTIONALY captured by British forces, and tells them about the resistance buildup

Apparently neither “I-depend-on-speechwriters” Palin nor her many fans believe in the concept of “time” that those ungodly scientists use to their nefarious ends. The logic seems to be:
A. Revere made a ride to warn someone
B. Revere warned the British
Therefore, Revere rode to warn the British. Mix in vague references to other independence concepts like the Liberty Bell to make it sound even better…

June 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(122) Alex says:

Tor, do you know how to read or listen?
“He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, 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.”

Obviously Sarah Palin said that he rode to warn the British because….. we think she said that. If you took the time to listen to the clip or reading up, you would see that she obviously DIDN’T claim that Paul Revere rode to warn the British. What she did say is that he warned them. WHICH HE DID! He didn’t intend to when he left, but she never said she did. Stop attacking her blindly and accept that she knew exactly what she was talking about here. And as so many people up there said that Palin was an idiot…. and they were wrong…. Maybe she must be smarter than them…

June 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm
(123) Karl says:

Paul Revere age 40 rode from Boston to Cambridge, about 19 miles

Israel Bissell age 23 rode from Watertown,MA to Philadelphia about 345 miles it took him over 4 days.

1860 Longfellow did extensive research for the poem and intentionally made a lot of it fictional. He was attempting to pull a nation together at a time of civil war and found that “Paul Revere” rhymed with more things than “Israel Bissell”. Thus the legend live on…

June 22, 2011 at 3:11 am
(124) Tallulah says:

It isn’t reasonable to assume that Pailin knew nothing about this story simply because she didn’t state it clearly, any more than we should assume Obama didn’t know that the USA has only 50 states. Surely he knew that, right?

Clearly the brilliant pundits and reporters who have been making fun of Sarah don’t know that what she said is essentially true. These terribly witty people think they’re so much smarter than Sarah Palin that they don’t have to check the facts before they dis her. Are these the same brainiacs who made fun of her for telling the *Tea Partiers* that “We’re going to party like it’s 1773″, not realizing she was talking about the Boston Tea Party, which *did* take place in 1773?

Their bigotry makes them so eager to attack, they bite their own behinds.

June 22, 2011 at 3:44 am
(125) Tallulah says:

Edo @ 19, please note:

From Wikipedia: “Revere arrived in Lexington around midnight, with Dawes arriving about a half hour later. They met with Samuel Adams and John Hancock, who were spending the night with Hancock’s relatives (in what is now called the Hancock-Clarke House), and they spent a great deal of time discussing plans of action upon receiving the news. They believed that the forces leaving the city were too large for the sole task of arresting two men and that Concord was the main target.[47] The Lexington men dispatched riders to the surrounding towns, and Revere and Dawes continued along the road to Concord accompanied by Samuel Prescott… “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Revere

In other words, once Revere got to Hancock and Adams, his mission changed and he set off to warn the colonists that the British were likely going for the military supplies in Concord. It was on this part of his mission that he and two others were captured by the British, and he warned the Brits that resistance was mounting. As he warned his compatriots, they shot off their guns to further warn and rally the townspeople, bells were rung, and more horsemen were dispatched to warn other towns along the route. The gunshots and bells were part of the “alarm and muster” warning system.

June 24, 2011 at 8:07 am
(126) Frank not the Yank says:

Interesting facts about Paul Revere, not widely disseminated and almost undoubtedly a mystery to Ms Palin…

His horse was borrowed

His borrowed horse was confiscated by the Regulars after he (alone) was stopped.

Of the ten or so riders who passed the message, Revere was the only one not to arrive.

His place in history is entirely due to his name giving a pleasing ryhme which appealed to Wadsworth Longfellow.

Wadsworth Longfellow’s uncle, Brig Peleg Wadsworth has Revere courtmartialled for cowardice not long after (for an unrelated action).

History is a funny thing.

June 24, 2011 at 10:05 am
(127) Alex says:

Interesting Facts about Sarah Palin:

She is not an expert in Paul Revere and therefore does not know everything about him.

She is aware of this fact and therefore does not pretend to know everything about him.

She does know some things however, and therefore when she was asked what she had learned, she regurgitated the knowledge she had gained that day in a correct manner.

Frank, most of America didn’t even know that Paul Revere had been stopped at all, let alone that he did in fact warn the Regulars. Sarah Palin almost definitely does not know any of the facts you just stated… and neither do most of the rest of the country. I fail to see your point about Sarah Palin by mentioning those facts.

June 24, 2011 at 10:26 am
(128) IrishPatriot says:

Hey liberal whiners … since you’re being so picky … bet she knows how many states there are in the US! Idiots – you can’t even criticize well, no matter you picked an idiot for president. THAT’s elementary material, stupid haters. (*sigh* and, no, I don’t hate you, I just pity your blind ignorance – anyone who criticizes my statements is a hater and trying to deny my Constitutional rights … I’ll explain what the Constitution is later when I have time.)

June 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm
(129) Tailsdoll says:

Have any of you even began to think beyond the comment itself? Look at the video, look at the way she speaks, how she fumbles over herself! She might have got the facts right, but clearly she was just eyeballing it for most of the “interview” (and don’t get me started on “What did you learn from this experience” being a gotcha question). She was desperately trying to compile facts together into a coherent phrase and simply (barely) managed it. What’s important to retain from this is not wether she was right or wrong: she gives off the image of someone completely unprepared for the presidential office (“I’m going around the country in a huge-ass bus with the first three words of the Consitution slapped on it visiting the most important historical sites and talking to the people, but I’m not running for President, NOOO!). Imagine, Sarah Palin as the President of the United States? That’s it, put yet ANOTHER incompetent idiot in the Oval Office. Bush gave you two wars. Imagine what Palin would do.

June 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(130) Alex says:

Because Obama doing nothing to shut down the two wars even though he promised is great, while getting us into a third conflict in Libya. Now, back to the subject of incompetent idiots in the oval office…. because Obama takes the cake there. He swore to uphold the constitution when he was inaugurated and yet signed the unconstitutional bill for it into law. He believes that quadrupling the deficit is a good idea. He believes in Marxist policies that have never worked and are killing jobs and markets in America. He has made more gaffes than all of the 2012 GOP candidates combined. He has spent more time golfing in his 2 years of presidency than Bush took in his 8. He has the worst foreign policy that involves policies that anger Israel with the insane 1967 lines approach that makes no sense. It would be the equivalent of us giving away all of America, because none of us were here first. He also appears to be doing the best to anger Britain by talking over their nation anthem. He gets us involved in Libya without the approval of Congress (Yes I know he has that power but that doesn’t make it good.) But off of the subject of idiots in the Oval Office.

Sarah Palin was entirely correct with what she said, that is indisputable. Now let’s think for a moment. Palin was asked a question (Not a “gotcha question,” you are right there TailsDoll) and answered correctly. Now the question was “What did you learn today?” or something along those lines. She was racking her brains for what she had learned and she was trying to remember. What she remembered off the top of her head she said first, then what came back to her later she said later on. It wasn’t a prepared interview, she was just trying to remember and she did. Now you say that she simply got it correct. That is true, and while you try to discredit that by saying she barely did it, that means she got it right on the spot, whereas the media with ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD! got it wrong.

June 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm
(131) Alex says:

Back to Palin 2012, when has she said that she would get us into another war? Unprepared for presidential office you say? What about a man with only 143 days in Federal office? That’s right, he was only present in the Senate for 143 days. He also voted “present” quite a bit in the Illinois State Senate. Is he experienced enough for president? His policies are failures and history has proven that time and time again. Palin may not be my first choice but she is infinitely better than the current man we have in office.

June 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm
(132) Tailsdoll says:

I’m man enough to admit when my argument’s beat. But I stand by my opinion. I have the added bonus of being outside the box looking in (I’m european), and trust me, currently, none of your canditates (be them democrat/republican) look like anything special.
I think you’d have a better chance figuring out the Coca-Cola recipe than landing a good candidate in 2012.

June 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm
(133) Alex says:

Ah so my attacking Obama is useless against you. Oh well, Europe you say? So I am gonna assume your nation has universal health care as most do (Please correct me if I am wrong) Do you agree with it? Because it is a simple violation of human rights. And I think there are several fine tea party conservatives in the race including Bachman and Huntsman

June 26, 2011 at 9:06 am
(134) Tailsdoll says:

Ok now, this I have to ask: what is so wrong with universal health care? Seriously, what is the big issue with it? I just don’t get what exactly is so dead wrong with it! (and yes, we do have universal health care where I live). And how is it a violation of human rights?

June 26, 2011 at 10:38 am
(135) Alex says:

Because it forces each and every individual to put money into the system in exchange for Health Insurance. Health Insurance is not a right, it is a good or service depending on your point of view. So essentially the government is forcing me to pay for a service. That is a simple violation of my human rights. The government cannot force me to buy something with the sole reason of my existence, while also paying enough for other people to receive care as well. Why must I buy health insurance? Why? What if I don’t want to because I have plenty of money and am in perfect shape? And don’t point to car insurance because that only applies if you own a car. Health insurance applies if you EXIST

June 26, 2011 at 10:53 am
(136) Tailsdoll says:

And what of those that do not have plenty of money? What happens when those people get sick and need to pay for their medical bills? They magically pull out the money from their sleeves?
And no, I do not believe that Health Insurance is not a right. If you exist, you should be entitled to doing what is necessary to prolong that existance as best as possible, do you not agree?

June 26, 2011 at 10:56 am
(137) Alex says:

There are things that can be done for those people such as MediCare and Medicade, and those are not violations of my rights. However forcing me to pay for MY OWN health insurance from the government that is less efficient and more expensive as I am paying for the less wealthy.

June 26, 2011 at 10:58 am
(138) Alex says:

And no, I dont think it is the government’s place to tell me how and who to help. Industries are always best when privatized as well.

June 26, 2011 at 11:07 am
(139) Tailsdoll says:

So what, a country is better off when it’s industries have all been privatized, is that what you’re saying?
Cause we’ve had this system for a LONG time, and it’s worked out fine for us so far.

June 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm
(140) Alex says:

All the industries? I’m not sure about that, some thing like garbage disposal work best from the government as well as things like inspection (obviously) and teaching seems to be fine with the government in charge. And maybe the way you guys are wired it works, I don’t know what country you are from and odds are I don’t know much about it. What I do know is that it is against human rights and also that in the USA’s current economic state it is the very last thing we need

July 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm
(141) boulderbill says:

The elegant beauty of Palin being dragged over the coals for something she said that was partially RIGHT is so satisfying. Now she feels like everyone on the democratic side that tries to reveal truth, like scientific facts, and then gets hammered by Palin and her followers for believing such utter “nonsense” like climate change.

July 26, 2011 at 9:50 am
(142) MooseKnuckle says:

I think that any politician (or any person for that matter) has said and done many things in error that do not reflect their true knowledge or intelligence. However, I am inclined to believe that Obama does truly know how many states the US is comprised of. I would guess that even those who use his “57 States” comment against him would bet their own money that he did as well. However, Palin’s fumbling comment appeared to me to be a random collection of buzzwords with little intentional historical accuracy.
It really is sad when otherwise intelligent people lose all ability to reason objectively regarding politics. It reminds me of sports fanatics that will boo and cuss a referee’s decision that hurts their team even though it was obviously the right call. Politics is now very much like sports where all anyone cares about is whether or not their “team” is winning with no regard or objective thought as to who is actually right on any particular issue. Anyone who could listen to Palin’s comment and not immediately understand that she had no idea what she was talking about has been blinded by his/her own fanaticism.

September 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm
(143) Lolo says:

Sarah Palin is correct. According to his own account, given to Dr. Jeremy Belknap in 1798, Paul Revere did warn the British: “…Out started 6 officers on horseback and ordered me to dismount…He demanded what time I left Boston. I told him, and added that their troops had catched (sic) 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.” For the full account, see Commager & Morris, “The Spirit of Seventy-Six”.

November 28, 2011 at 7:29 am
(144) Lon says:

This one left the entire left red-faced! HA! Palin was RIGHT after all! So the pseudo-intellectual left scurried away with their tails between their legs nary to be heard of again. Say, why didn’t we hear much about “The Gaffe of the Century” – dumbo Obama saying he visited all 57 States. Are you smarter than a fifth-grader, Mr. President? I don’t think so. Actually, the Marx1st’s gaffe was considered more of a Freudian slip than a mistake – there are 57 member states in the Islamic Organization of Cooperation. Once again, yet another in a long list of indicators that the Community Organizer has a different religion than claimed.

January 11, 2012 at 11:11 pm
(145) andy61 says:

I am so happy, I read the Palin supporters comments in defending her and wonder on her day off if she lends these fruitcakes part of her brain for the day. The very idea this nonsensical lunatic is educated is like saying to mike Tyson, your a real good looking guy mike . How she is not in the guiness book of records for being so stupid is beyond me. The north Koreans are our allies, I can see Russia from my window ,the list is endless . If her parents knew she was going to turn out as stupid as she has , they would have traded her in for a pet monkey. And the followers she has have about half the IQ she does .to think it was almost possible that idiot could have had her finger on the button.

January 22, 2012 at 11:48 am
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