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Sarah Palin claims Paul Revere warned the British

Sarah Palin, if you haven't heard, is taking some of her family around the country, visiting historical U.S. landmarks, and talking to the media along the way.

Thursday her "One Nation" traveling road show stopped in Boston, where the former Alaska governor, her parents, her husband, and little Piper visited Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church, and Bunker Hill. Palin posted photos of that leg of her trip on the SarahPAC blog.

One moment that you won't find posted on the blog is Palin's response to reporters when they asked her who Paul Revere was. Instead of saying, "Come on, everyone knows who Paul Revere, the silversmith and patriot is," she stammered while saying this:

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."

Needless to say, the lamestream media are having a field day with that gaffe.

Politico: Palin makes Bachmann look like Longfellow

Forbes: This certainly gives us an entirely new point of view to consider when examining our nation’s founding.

Mediaite: Palin’s version wasn’t exactly the official History Channel rendition of the tale...

ABC: Perhaps this week's lesson in the annals of American history was necessary for Sarah Palin.

Fox News has the video up leading their site, but no text or commentary. Perhaps they're speechless.

All of this reminds me of a fortune cookie I once received that said, "We teach what we most need to learn." In which case, ride on, "One Nation," ride on.


Sarah Palin plays the media like a violin

Sarah Palin's bus tour rolls on to Philadelphia

Piper Palin shares her mom's hot and cold attitude toward the media

-- Tony Pierce

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Besides your hack job on Palin, you also practice censorship by not publishing my pro-Palin comments. Did you go to Fidel Castro School of Journalism?

As usual Sarah was correct and accurate.

The Liberal mass media are so pathetic.

The reason the republicans love her is because she's pretty, she's dumb and she's easily manipulated. But the most important reason so many republicans go gaga over her is that she's anti abortion and christian, that's the main reason the republican party even exist today. Because if the abortation issue didn't exist most of the dixiecrats who make up the majority of the RNP would most likley be voting along democratic lines.

Perhaps one should read this before casting fault on Palin.

That is the Sarah we Alaskans cannot stand, by and large. She is nothing but a con artist, she lies through her teeth and freeloads off the few saps who support her. Not for long. Thank the Lord she will never step foot in the White House. Toomany people readily see she is dumb as a post, just good at stealing other peoples money in the name of Patriotism and God, two things she exploits for her skinny, greedy little bony fingers. Bony legs, flat ars, pencil neck with a big ole square jaw and squirrel cheeks topped with a poof and bondo. We do not want her in Alaska anymore. Good riddance to this creep I once supported.

Regardless of which person said this statement; when I grade my student's history exams they are marked wrong for disseminating inaccurate statements and I do not give back points if they try and claim they only "misspoke". Is it appropriate to teach our children that they do not have to be responsible for their behaviors or statements and that it is acceptable to hide behind such silly statements as "I misspoke"? That is not an excuse.

After a few dead British soldiers, I'd say the Brits were warned exactly like Sarah said. "You are not going to take our guns and we are going to be secure and free!"

What is scary is that this woman wants to be in charge of the worlds most highly trained and equiped military. She wants to set policies for this country and has no common sense, just a loud mouth. Think about it - There are thousands or Americans who think this woman is the right person to run this country. It go to prove that a LITTLE knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Still love it because Sarah is getting FREE RENT inside the heads of all lemming liberal-craps. I absolutely LOVE IT! I guess there is nobody else that scares the libs more than a conservative, good looking, independent female.

In the war of the American History and way of life this person is a non combatant and she want's to run for President. Why no Alfred E. Newman. She hasn't got a clue about anything. Just more "trailer trash" making money by showing everyone exactly how damned stupid she really is. She has no clue as to who Paul Revere is and what he did. She is the Democrats "wet dream".
Sarah Palin needs to run, AWAY and go home and play with her grandchildren.

The media trashes Sarah every chance they get, and yet they wonder why she doesn't co-operate with them. They are hostile propagandists and she is wise to flip them all the finger. She has no trouble getting her message out, why does she need the so-called Media?
It seems the more she gives them the finger, the more the people like her. Only the hardcore radical libs ever hated her anyway, and they make up less than 10% of the population, even counting the illegals.
Sarah is going her own way, with or preferrably WITHOUT the Media, and they are whining about it like sad little girls. I am pleased Sarah is leaving you boneheads in the ditch where you belong.

@Carol Lee and Louie - the rest of us aren't running for President, or seeking to have the 'backroom influence', to be a kingmaker in a political party, and nor are we seeking to claim some moral, ethical or administrative/executive superiority and high ground.

The story of Paul Revere is an essential part of America's history, foundation and self-image. If she can't get right an incident that much of the rest of the world knows, never mind the USA, how confident can one be in her ability to make decisions based on accurate knowledge, rather than 'gut instinct' - or rather, prejudice?

It is not such a big step from here to a complete distortion of the history of slavery, for example.

The fact is that Paul Revere did warn the British that 500 American patriots were waiting for them. Once again the smug and arrogant media falls into the trap that Sarah Palin set for them. Too bad most Americans are too ignorant about the real history of our nation's founding. You can look it up and read it... in Paul Revere's own account of his ride.

"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."

The Quality of the American Politican has really deminished. We get Morons, Mormons and anybody who can ride a bus!!!

It is jist amazing that after touring the Freedom trail in Boston she remains so ignorant on American History particularly the those early days of the revolutuon.
How can she assume to know what our founding fathers philosophy and mission was when she is so clueless on who they were and what they stood for.
The press has every right to ask her who Paul Revere is after she toured his home.
Let's face it she is a fantastically well paid celebrity... period.

As usual the Leftest bias mis-represents the words of a Conservative. The fact is, yes the British were warned that they were not going to be taken the Patriots arms (guns etc) away by his ride. It was not a silent ride! British soldiers were not just on the seas! They lived on the land and int he same places Paul Revere was riding, ringing and yelling. Yes the militias of the Patriots were called to arms and YES forewarning was also given (in directly) but nonetheless heard by the British that a fight would be waged against them. The British were then indeed warned of resistence. Any other interpretation is idiotic. BTW, i am not in the tank for Sarah Palin as I think Allan West , Herman Cain and some others are stronger candidates. But i will support her if she gets the anti-Obama nod.

The fact that Palin was correct shows how bad the Public school system is (surely the decenters here did not go to private schools) and are products of revisionist slander. Lemmings following along with no critical thinking is how our once proud country has fallen to despotism as predicted by Thomas Jefferson and other great Founders.

So now after reading Paul Rever's OWN WORDS as posted by true Patriots, what do you have to say now other than you do not know much at all that is true?

Funny, until you realize she might be running for president; It would be like Bush except in drag.

Sorry, but what she said is absolutely correct. The fairytale told in our school systems about Paul Revere's ride through town yelling "the British are coming, the British are coming!" is not exactly how things happened. If you educated yourself by reading the actual accounts in Revere's own words you would know as much as Sarah. Revere warned the colonists that they British were coming and also warned the British that they would not be able to defeat the colonists.

It sounds to me like Sarah knows her history better than any of these elistist media jackholes and all of the idiot liberal commentors leaving their snotty, immature and ignorant statements on this comment board.

Paul Revere's Ride

The primary goal of the British regulars was to apprehend the leaders of the opposition, Sam Adams and John Hancock. There secondary goal was, to disarm the populace along the way.

Here's the whole story of Paul Revere's ride:

Revere confronted 2 British regulars manning a road block as he headed north across Charlestown Neck. As he turned around, the regulars gave chase and he eluded them. He then continued on to Lexington, to the home of Jonas Clarke where Sam Adams and John Hancock were staying. There, his primary mission was fulfilled when he notified Adams and Hancock that "The Regulars are coming out!" (he never exclaimed, "The British are coming". This would have made no sense at the time since they considered themselves British).

Revere and Dawes then headed for Concord and came across Doctor Prescott who then joined them. They decided to alarm every house along the way.

Just outside of the town of Lincoln, they were confronted by 4 Regulars at another road block. They tried unsuccessfully to run their horses through them. Prescott, who was familiar with the terrain, jumped a stone wall and escaped. Revere and Dawes tried to escape and shortly into the chase they were confronted by 6 more regulars on horseback. Revere was surrounded and taken prisoner. Dawes got away as they were taking Revere into custody.

The British officers began to interrogate Revere, whereupon Revere astonished his captors by telling them more than they even knew about their own mission. He also told them that he had been warning the countryside of the British plan and that their lives were at risk if they remained in the vicinity of Lexington because there would soon be 500 men there ready to fight. Revere, of course, was bluffing.

The Regulars had Revere remount his horse and they headed toward Lexington Green, when suddenly, they heard a gunshot! Revere told the British officer that the shot was a signal "to alarm the country!". Now the British troops were getting very nervous .

A few minutes later, they were all startled to hear the heavy crash of an entire volley of musketry from the direction of Lexington's meeting house and then the Lexington town bell began clanging rapidly! Jonathan Loring, a Lexington resident captured earlier, turned to his captors and shouted "The bell's a' ringing! The town's alarmed, and you're all dead men!"

The British officers then talked urgently among themselves and decided to release their captives so as they would not slow their retreat.

Actually, there is more to this than the snarky comments from the LA Times let on. The events that precipitated the famous ride were perceived threats to seize various town's (read peoples) powder and ammunition supplies. The British openly wanted to disarm the colonists. While Palin's comments don't jive with the common abridged school lesson about Paul Revere's ride, they show an understanding of the underlying events that is missing from this very superficial critique.

What makes her not a politician, though, is she had Piper next to her. A ~real~ politician would have smiled, turned to her child and said, "Piper, you just had American history, didn't you, honey? Can you tell us about Paul Revere?"

No matter what the kid answers, Palin turns to the camera and says, "That's why I'll be the education President this country needs." and walks away.

Girl can't think on her Manolo's.

It's easy (for normal, rational people) to see that she meant to say "warn THAT the British"... "The media are idiots!"

She also probably thought the British came by land and the first shot of the war took place in Concord, New Hampshire. Oh wait that last one was Michelle Bachman's gafe. Morons!

If you want Barrack Obama in for another term then put Sarah Palin as the Presidential candidate. There is no way that she commands any respect on the international stage. She may be populist in the US but no-one overseas takes her seriously.

Paul Revere's Ride - The Alaskan Redux

Listen children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the 18th of April, in 75;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his British friends, "If the Americans march
By land or sea tonight,
Hang a lantern in the belfry arch as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And you betcha they'll never hand over thier arms to thee....


You got to love Andrew. He nails it right on the head. Pailn must really be stupid to have fouled up the Paul Revere ride. Of course maybe she actually read Paul Revere: Memorandum on Events of April 18, 1775. which in his own hand writing says he did warn the British.

So much for Andrew. He exemplifies the mentality of the Palin haters. Facts mean nothing, treat life as a Disney fantasy. Spend money you don't have play off the normal undereducated and lazy liberal who generally doesn't have an IQ greater than their age.

Palin just made an ass out of you Andrew. A dumb one.

Perhaps reading history rather than Longfellow would make journalists look smarter?

During Paul Revere’s ride he was stopped by British soldiers, which Revere recounts in a 1789 letter maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Society ,in his original language (emphasis mine):

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 arms.He then orderd them to advance, & to lead me in front. When we got to the Road, they
turned down towards Lexington. When we had got about one Mile, the Major Rode up to the officer that was leading me, & told him to give me to the Sergeant. As soon as he took me, the Major orderd him, if I attempted to run, or any body insulted them, to blow my brains out. We rode till we got near Lexington Meeting-house, when the Militia fired a Voley of Guns, which appeared to alarm them very much.

Upon being stopped, did Revere, in essence, warn the British soldiers of the colonists’ plans? Yes.

It would be nice if Palin and Bachmann went back to school and actually learned American history before they run for President.

Just goes to show you that you can get a journalism degree (Palin) or a law degree (Bachmann) and still be ignorant as all get out.


There's a hell of a difference between mispeaking and outright fabrication. The things you cite about Obama were mispeaking except the Girado family was in St. Louis.

Palin and Bachmann just make stuff up, Obama doesn't. That doesn't mean I'm happy with him but he doesn't distort history like Bachmann or is just ignorant like Palin.

The Republicans could beat Obama if they had someone sane, non-Mormon, weren't bought and paid for by monied interests and didn't blatantly want to kill the middle class.

I don't really see that happening...


The Media and the Dum-O-Crats were wrong. Go figure?

Sarah Palin, silly little snit, should just sneak away somewhere out of sight and stop embarrassing America! I can't believe that anyone sees her as having any credibility at all. God help us if she becomes president. Can you just imagine her in a serious meeting with distinguished governmental officials representing countries with whom we are "walking on egg shells"? Can't you just hear her now saying " Yea, daddy- I'm just a down home, gun tottin', hockey pit bull mama in litstick. You better knuckle under dude, or we'll blast you . . . "

Yes, God help us!!

OMG. Did any of you study your history. Revere absolutely warned the Brits that the militia was waiting for them if they decided to encroach. "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 arms"

politics hasn't changed much since then either. Any advantage the colonials could muster by convincing the Brits that hundreds of militia were waiting for them gave the militia time to counter any attempt the Brits mounted in an attach. Revere was not the only contributor to this and many warnings were issued to the British forces. The fact that the British took time to calculate their moves because if these warnings , there by giving time to the colonials to raise more reinforcements and attempt to achieve the high ground is evident. Bells were rung and shots fired to warn them is historically factual. What is scary is how poorly educated our media really is. Especially when your an anchorman. Even on a small T.V. station. Do your homework DORK. You look foolish.

It really upsets me that someone who could have had and did hold such a responsible political position does not know her basic american history. And as a decendent of the prescott family it irks me the misinformation that a such a so called political celebrity is sending out to the youth of today. Next my ancester did not say "don't fire till you see the whites of their eyes" but according to dear sarah he probably said by the whites of their teeth!!!!!

Not only did Revere warn the "patriots" he also laid the ground work of "throwing a monkey wrench"into the plans of the British forces. The militia needed time to muster reinforcements and to collect the men necessary to put up a defense since most militia members were living miles from where the confrontation was to occur. Shots were fired as well as bells rung to alert the British forces that an army was waiting for them. It had the duel affect of causing concern in the ranks of the british troops and to create hesitation in the command structure. Revere was in fact, what we would call a media type today. His job was as a currier who would deliver information to all. After all, everyone at the time was in fact British subjects including the colonists.

reread your history, what she said is true...

Why would Palin apologize for her Revere comments, as nearly all of it was correct in detail? The bloggers and journalists are the ones demonstrating history fail:

1. The journalist/blogger paparrazi accuse her of being wrong on talking to the British. After being corrected, they blunder through Wikipedia and discover that Paul Revere only completed half his ride, and he spends time trash-talking to the British that capture him.

2. The journalists' stories change to "Well, Revere didn't ring bells" or "Well, Revere was lying not telling" and other such lame attempts at recovery.

3. That doesn't wash, so they just stop discussing the details and start the usual "Palin is stupid because we said so" character assassination.

Journalism is a ruined occupation in this country.

If any of you rem ember your history, Paul Revere did warn the British on the night of his Midnight Ride. He was captured and he bragged to the British that they would soon be outnumbered and surrounded by Colonists. He pointed tot he bells ringing and warning shots as proof that we were there out in the woods about to capture British troops and prevent them from stealing or destroying our arms....Sarah had it right and the goofy media forgot to check their facts...Wikipedia says: "Revere, Dawes, and Prescott were detained by a British Army patrol in Lincoln at a roadblock on the way to Concord.[12] Prescott jumped his horse over a wall and escaped into the woods; he eventually reached Concord. Dawes also escaped, though he fell off his horse not long after and did not complete the ride.[18][19] Revere informed the officers of the army's movement from Boston, and that British army troops might be in some danger if they approached Lexington, because of the large number of hostile militia gathered there.[20] He and other captives taken by the patrol were then escorted east toward Lexington, until the sound of musket fire from the town center alarmed the patrolmen. Revere explained to them that it was probably an arriving militia company that had fired a volley upon its arrival. The sound was followed not long after by the pealing of the town bell."

Proving once again that you can lead liberal dehydrated horses to water, but they'll always choose to drink the cool-aid! And showing that if you continue a vicious lying attack on someone's character long enough with your false statements then maybe you'll convince or fool enough misinformed people into believing that your lie is true, instead of just admitting you were the ones that were wrong! During Paul Revere’s famous ride he was stopped by "British soldiers", which Revere recounts in a 1798 letter maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Society.
The complete letter with full details can be found at the following:

Letter from Paul Revere to Jeremy Belknap, circa 1798 c/o Massachusetts Historical Society.

If I could take 3 minutes and easily find this information on line, then what the hell is wrong with the press in this country? Answer: They hate Sarah Palin and everyone that agrees with her, with such an evil passion and will do anything and stop at nothing to destroy her and intimidate her because she stands for everything they hate....American Exceptionalism and Limited Responsible Government! Maybe you should take a few seconds and review what school children know about basic American might learn something!

Paul Revere Never Finished His Ride: Social Studies for Kids

Sarah Palin should never talk without having s script in front of her.

She babbled that Revere warned the British with shots and bells. She was wrong.

Palin also lied to the children - Paul Revere's ride was NOT about the 2nd Amendment. Palin likes to think that everything was about the 2nd Amendment.

Palin is truly most valuable as comedic fodder.

In fact, Palin was right. Revere’s own account of the ride in a 1798 letter backs up Palin’s claim. Revere describes how after his capture by British officers, he warned them “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”

Funny, how the hypocritical LA Times accuses Palin of getting history wrong, when Revere's own account backs Palin up. Liberals are so anxious to prove Palin wrong, they won't even bother to check up on their own facts.

Stupid. Everyone knows Paul Revere went through town yelling "The Yiddish are coming! The Yiddish are coming!"

h/t to Mel Brooks...

This woman is not smart nor educated. She certainly was not as smart as a 5th grader. If nothing else she should have briefed herself on the history of the area that she was visiting. Palin as President you have got to be kidding; what an idiot she is. She proves it every time she opens her mouth or reads her talking points written on the palm of her hand. (Everyone should remember that blunder!)

All those bells and whistles and warning shots that were set off by him were from the various towns he rode through of the warning. Also those towns contained British soldiers as well. The more you look at exactly what she said and how it was said, the more and more she appears correct.

Wow, it's like she is channeling the writers of the movie Idiocracy!

Sarah Palin, surely was not citing the letter so many of her supporters are writing about.

Paul Revere's ride was to warn the Americans. 1 if by land, 2 if by sea and so on.

She is not fit to run anything, she is not fit to be anything more than a cleaning lady, and even that, takes some knowledge, as to not mixing ammonia and chlorine.

Actually, when you think about it, she must have mixed ammonia and chlorine, and inhaled it for way too long.

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