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  •  Even if you accept her premise (11+ / 0-)

    Her initial response to the question about who Paul Revere was does not match her explanation to Wallace. She told Wallace:

    Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there.

    No, that was not part of his ride. That happened to him when he was inadvertently captured after making his ride. And while on his ride, as the diarist indicates, Paul Revere did not ring any bells or fire any shots.

    Further, Paul Revere was not a "courier" as Palin claimed. He was a silversmith who was given the important assignment of warning his fellow patriots about the British coming.

    Nor had the British only been in the area for about "9 years." The British had been in Massachusetts since the early 1600s, when the Mayflower arrived.

    Nor, as Palin's explanation suggests, did Paul Revere have any intention of warning the British that they were not going to take American guns. That is simply Palin pandering to the second amendment extremists.

    Finally, as Khait of Forbes noted, nobody asked who Paul Revere was would bring up some side event that isn't even taught in schools yet ignore the primary role that Paul Revere played in warning the patriots and the colonists that the British were on their way.

    Had Revere's only mission been to ride his horse out to the British, clanging bells and firing his guns, so he could be the tough guy and get in their faces and tell those Redcoat bastards they weren't getting American guns, I think the Longfellow poem would go quite differently--as would the outcome of the conflict.

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    by CatM on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 12:50:04 PM PDT

    •  Oh now, I get it (0+ / 0-)
      Had Revere's only mission been to ride his horse out to the British, clanging bells and firing his guns, so he could be the tough guy and get in their faces and tell those Redcoat bastards they weren't getting American guns,

      real message: PR = SP

      Palin is makin' a commotion, she is a Modern Day Herald of the Threat.  TeaPartiers to your guns! Socialism is coming, Socialism is coming!

      "Reason is six-sevenths of treason," said one of his neighbors. "Intelligence is what the enemy uses," said another.

      by Misterpuff on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 02:58:22 PM PDT

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    •  Paul Revere was a courier and messenger. (1+ / 0-)
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      The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

      by Orange County Liberal on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:10:10 PM PDT

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    •  1620 is when the Mayflower arrived (1+ / 0-)
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      Some of my ancestors were on the ship.  (I've been doing genealogy research for 50 years.)  My other New England ancestors arrived after that with the 'Great Migration' and on other ships, and settled in MA, CT, and RI, then they branched out to other states in later centuries.  When the Revolution started, some of my ancestors were Loyalists..., others fought on the side of the rebellion.

      IIRC there were some British here before 1620, in Virginia in the late 1500s, but since I didn't have ancestors with that group, I am less certain of the details of those colonists.

      As I mentioned elsewhere, I had to memorize "Paul Revere's Ride" in grade school, so when Snowflake Snooki mentioned guns and bells originally, I could only sit and stare at the TV screen and splutter.  "One if by land, two if by sea...."  Lanterns, you blipping AirHead!  There was a need for silence so as not to warn the enemy!  Jeez!

      Even inadvertently listening to anything Caribou Barbie says is bad for my blood pressure.  (And here I was so proud that my b/p at my last checkup last week had nice average numbers for a change.)

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:40:48 PM PDT

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