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Facts Back Up Palin’s Paul Revere Comments

June 8, 2011 by  

Sarah Palin got the facts on Paul Revere's ride correct.Much has been made about Sarah Palin’s comment that American hero Paul Revere “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms,” with many in the media deriding the comment as inaccurate. However, a number of historians in Massachusetts, where Revere made his famous ride, have backed up the former Alaska Governor’s story.

In a 1798 letter, Revere said that he rode to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British Army was coming to arrest them both, reports the Boston Herald.

In the same letter, Revere also states that he told the British once he was captured that “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time” because he had “alarmed” them to their presence.

“Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate,” Boston University history professor Brendan McConville told the news source.

A number of fact checking Websites have also confirmed Palin’s account of Revere’s famous ride.

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  • JeffH

    Imagine that? Not quite as dizzy as the libtards and naysayers were led to belive. I’d sure like to hear Obama’s revision of Paul Revere’s ride and see who gets it closer.

    • Harold Olsen

      Obama’s version of Paul Revere would probably be, “Paul Revere? Who’s that?”

      • http://deleted Claire

        LOL–Obama would say Paul Revere and the Raiders–the rock group.

        • JeffH

          :) I’m still laughing.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Harold Olsen,
        Nah, he’d just say that ride was an old wives tale and that it never happened!! What the heck, he doesn’t believe in the constitution, either!!

  • Brandt Hardin

    This really does top it all and make Palin a punchline. The public is finally coming around to seeing the true petty Sarah Palin. Mamma Grizzly’s rhetoric is predominately negative and continues to lower the world’s expectations of our government and society. I was compelled to create a visual commentary about all of her negative rhetoric and its effects on my artist’s blog at Drop by and let me know what you think.

  • Kinetic1

    Come on now. Take a look at the transcript of Palin’s comments;

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

    First off, it’s almost nothing but incoherent babble. Second, the suggestion here is that Revere was warning the British by ringing bells and firing shots. Yes, when caught he warned the British of what they could expect, but that’s not what she said. The defense of her words comes after she reworked and explained it all away on Chris Wallace’s show. And worst of all, she once again blames her failure to get it right on a reporter asking “one of those off the cuff gotcha questions.” The question? “What have you seen so far today, and what are you going to take away from your visit?” Ask that question of almost any tourist and I’ll bet you get a more intelligent answer than that of Sarah Palin.

    • Raggs

      Like to see you ask obama the same question… Well you need to wait until he gets back from his golf game in the 57th state.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Let’s see now that would be his 1000th round of golf now, wouldn’t it?? Actually I’m exaggerating, I know. It’s only his 998th!!

      • Kinetic1

        President Obama had the sense and good humor to correct himself. Palin just doubles down and blames it on the press.

  • Bill Hudson

    The honest truth DOES NOT back up what Palin was saying unless you’re an idiot who didn’t listen to her rant in the first place??? Palin said that Paul rode off on his horse ‘shooting a gun and ringing bells’ to warn the British that Americans were armed and ready to fight for freedom. Her entire rant was ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY directed at Paul Revere’s initial ride. …I see that Personal Liberty News Desk understands that Paul Revere was captured by the British AFTER his historic “midnight ride” to Lexington to STEALTHILY (meaning NO shooting off guns or banging bells) to inform Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the Brits were going to arrest them. Now, THIS IS WHEN Paul Revere warned the Brits about ‘colonist being armed and prepared to fight,’ NOT DURING HIS MIDNIGHT RIDE, but AFTER his ride when he was captured! …Your vehement arguments to defend Palin truly puts conservatives in a bad light, for sure! So, ifn’ ya all want to win the White House back, STOP behaving like morons!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Bill Hudson,
      Puts us in a bad light?? you mean like the dems hilariously trying to defend Weiner??? Kinda puts a whole new prospective on the old childhood rant of “weiner, weiner, weiner!” Problem is, now it’s “Weiner showed his weiner”!! His poor wife Uma!! The only way it could be worse for her is if her first name was Ima!!!

      • Kinetic1

        Who’s defending him? I don’t really have any problem with his sending pictures back and forth, but he should have stood up and accepted the shame when he was exposed.

        As an aside, Weiner said this was a joke, but no one is paying much attention to that. So here’s the thing; if you take a good look at that photo, something seems odd about the angle. Now if you can get ahold of the un-cropped original and reverse the photo you’ll see that there is a table or chair leg in the background that helps you get perspective. Now look at the angle and it looks like the shot is actually one of his arm shoved down his shorts to give the appearance that he is hung like a horse. Now I see why he kept talking about the picture having been manipulated to look worse than it was. I’d be embarrassed to admit such a thing as well.

      • Bill Hudson

        Joe; Yes, it does, indeed, place you in a bad light. In order for Republicans to take back the White House, they are going to be REQUIRED to reach past their own party. Conservative dems, for one and Independents for another. Both these sectors of voter have been keen on innuendos being made by the R’s. Such as, Obama not being a legal citizen for one, and Obama being a Muslim (many leading R’s want it stopped, as well). Now, if you look across the board, you can see that many of your far-right wing R’s bang the drum in agreement. BUT, when it comes to conservative Dems and Independents, these innuendos (innuendos, because they can’t be proven), are tiring, to say the least. In fact, these innuendos have proven to drive those citizens you need away from the R’s in the past. …So, preach to the choir and you all will sound and feel terrific. Take it public, and the conservative Dems and Independents will turn away. Again, the R’s CAN’T win without these crucial voters. …Throwing Wiener’s name up does not address Sarah’s American History Fail! Because that is what it was… Wiener can go suck himself!

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Bill Hudson,
          We can’t win??? Yeah, that’s why Nobummers numbers are starting to go into free fall!!! Saw a poll the other day that said 49%of the people say they would vote for somebody ELSE! Only 43% said that they would still vote for him!! And let’s not forget that this is the fifth week in a row that the economy has dropped! 420,000 NEW applications for unemployment! We can’t win?? Hell, Nobummer is doing everything right to hand it to the conservatives on a silver platter!!!

  • Bill Hudson

    Good God man; You’re fing dense! I said you can’t win WITHOUT some help from conservative democrats and independents swinging their vote your way. There simply are NOT enough R’s to get the vote. And trust me, it will tighten up come September 2012 when everyone realizes that little can be done to fix the economy, especially when the R’s ‘no plan’ looks like an elephant’s ass. Plan on a tight race! The man who out-slung bin Laden will be a force to reckon with. Count on it…


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