How Accurate Were Palin's Paul Revere Comments? : NPR
Sarah Palin will not relent in defending her revisionist history of Paul Revere's ride from Boston to Lexington, in which Revere "warned the. You know how Sarah Palin said Paul Revere warned the British? Hampshire airport meeting room, answering questions from local media. Sarah Palin's Muddled Defense of Her Paul Revere Gaffe. History more convoluted would be if Palin then blamed the press for her mistake.
Part of his ride was to warn the British that we're already there. That, hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms.
You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have. He did warn the British. Blogger Amanda Marcotte put the skeptics case against Palin: So, Sarah Palin claimed that Paul Revere was a Revolutionary-era NRA member whose famous ride was for a British audience, to let them know Americans were going to win the war because they believed in gun rights. Palin's aim — insofar as she had one — was to blow a dog-whistle for her supporters, turning the Revolutionary war into a tale about gun ownership.
That's not historically inaccurate — it's the reason there is a second amendment defending the right to bear arms in the first place. But her supporters couldn't resist trying to make history conform more closely to her version, by editing the Wikipedia entry covering Revere's ride.
The rewriting was first spotted by the political website Little Green Footballs: But what it most resembles is an episode of the Simpsons in which Apu sits his US citizenship test: Professor Allison, welcome to the program. And let's review Paul Revere's midnight ride, April 18, He's going to Lexington, Massachusetts. And according to Sarah Palin, he's riding his horse through town, sending warning shots and ringing those bells.
Remember, Gage was planning - this is a secret operation; that's why he's moving at night. He gets over to Cambridge, the troops start marching from Cambridge, and church bells are ringing throughout the countryside. So Paul Revere was ringing those bells?
Sarah Palin's 'botched' Paul Revere history lesson
He was a silversmith, right? Revere isn't trying to alert the British, but he is trying to warn them. And in April ofno one was talking about independence.
We're still part of the British Empire. We're trying to save it. So this is a warning to the British Empire what will happen if you provoke Americans. Sarah Palin also was saying there that Paul Revere's message to the British in his warning was: You're not going to take American arms - you know, basically a Second Amendment argument, even though the Second Amendment didn't exist then.
How Accurate Were Palin's Paul Revere Comments?
So, yeah, she is right in that. I mean, she may be pushing it too far to say this is a Second Amendment case. Of course, neither the Second Amendment nor the Constitution was in anyone's mind at the time.
But the British objective was to get the arms that were stockpiled in Concord. So you think basically, on the whole, Sarah Palin got her history right.
Well, yeah, she did.