This interview with Sarah Palin from Fox News Sunday is a must see. Those who hear only media soundbites selected by her detractors may be astonished how polished, focused and yes, presidential she appears:
The Left's Big Lie Hits Palin with Paul Revere!
Palin's excellent interview got buried by the left wing media which went apoplectic when Palin said this after visiting the Old North Church in Boston where Paul Revere started his famous midnight ride:
SARAH PALIN (Former Governor, Alaska): We saw where Paul Revere hung out as a teenager, which was something new to learn. And, you know, he who warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure, as he is riding his horse through town, to send those warning shots and bells, that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.The Palin haters went bonkers calling her an idiot and stupid for saying that Revere warned the British about taking away guns and ringing bells. But the same people who called her stupid had THEIR facts wrong.
National Public Radio, not exactly a news source friendly to Palin, went to an expert on Paul Revere:
Professor ROBERT ALLISON (Chairman, History Department, Suffolk University): Well, he's not firing warning shots. He is telling people so that they can ring bells to alert others. What he's doing is going from house to house, knocking on doors of members of the Committees of Safety saying the regulars are out. That is, he knew that General Gage was sending troops out to Lexington and Concord, really Concord, to seize the weapons being stockpiled there, but also perhaps to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams, leaders of the Continental Congress, who were staying in the town of Lexington.Who's a Bigger Idiot? Palin or "57 states" Obama?
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.
BLOCK: So Paul Revere was ringing those bells? He was a silversmith, right?
Prof. ALLISON: Well, he was - he also was a bell ringer. That is, he rang the bells at Old North Church as a boy. But he personally is not getting off his horse and going to ring bells. He's telling other people - and this is their system before Facebook, before Twitter, before NPR, this was the way you get a message out is by having people ring church bells and everyone knows there is an emergency.
And by this time, of course, the various town Committees of Safety, militia knew what the signals were, so they knew something was afoot. So this is no longer a secret operation for the British.
Revere isn't trying to alert the British, but he is trying to warn them. And in April of 1775, no 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.
Facts and history didn't get in the way of the Palin haters who trumpeted their own ignorance by insisting she was wrong about Paul Revere. Still, the damage was done. In the millions of Google hits on stories about this episode you'll likely find the clear majority trumpeting the bad information and insisting Palin is an idiot. As Winston Churchill once said: " A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
Many on the left pointing fingers at Sarah Palin were used and manipulated to support the Palin hating cause. They don't really care about simple things like the truth or facts.
It's also a safe bet that many of those calling Palin an idiot voted for Obama who famously said he had visited "57 states with one left to go" (video). And who can forget Obama's insistence that a kid with asthma should take a breathalyzer, instead of an inhaler (video). And we could spend a whole day talking about the verbal blunders of V.P. Joe Biden.
If the same standards were applied to Obama, Biden or ANY Democrat that have been applied to Palin and most Republicans Democrats would be hounded from office by laughter and ridicule. But the truth is that the Palin haters don't hate her for any perceived miscues, they just hate her PERIOD!