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:There's only one problem...Palin was right!
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.
A couple of things are wrong with that interpretation, but one central main point seemed to be lost on Palin: Revere wasn't warning the British about anything. Indeed, he was warning the Americans about an impending British attack--as his celebrated historical catchphrase "The British are coming!" made abundantly clear.
Conservatives4Palin, linked by Legal Insurrection, noted the historical text:
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 armsSister Toldjah wrote:
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.
It's also fair to assume Sarah Palin knows there aren't 57 states in America, doesn't need a teleprompter to speak in a sixth grade classroom, knows you don't give someone with asthma a breathalyzer, and you end a toast to the Queen of England by saying "Her Majesty, the queen."