Sunday, June 5, 2011

You have got to be kidding me?! The Palin rebuttal

I wrote yesterday about Palin's gaffe involving Paul Revere's famous Mignight Ride. Well, it only gets better. Today Palin appeared on Fox News Sunday and host Chris Wallace brought up the subject of her gaffe, pointing out that she's wrong about it. What Palin said next will make you shake your head with shame.
You know what? I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere. Here’s what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that “the British were coming, the British were coming.” And they were going to try to take our arms so got to make sure that, uh, we were protecting ourselves and, uhm, shoring up all of our ammunitions and our firearms so that they couldn’t take them.

But remember that the British had already been there — many soldiers — for seven years in that area. And part of Paul Revere’s ride… And it wasn’t just one ride. He was a courier. He was a messenger. Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that, “Hey. You’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not gonna beat our own well-armed, uh, persons, uh, individual private militia that we have. He did warn the British.

And in a shout-out, gotcha type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. And I know my American history.

This dumbfounds me to no end. Palin, you are wrong. You don't know crap about history. I'm a historian, and I can tell you that you are wrong. As Think Progress points out, Revere's ride was to warn the Patriot leaders that the British were coming and to warn the leaders of the local militias. Revere needed to be stealthy as to not draw any attention to himself from the British. Also, Revere was not a courier, he was a silversmith. All Palin had to say was that she was a little confused on her facts and correct herself. Instead she does what she knows best when she screws up, she blames the "lamestream" media, saying it was a gotcha question. What?! It was a not a gotcha question, Palin was commenting about being at Paul Revere's house. GAH! As a history teacher, this scares me because soon people will believe the garbage revised history coming from Palin's mouth. She just needs to shut up.

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