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Governor Palin Gives the Media a History Lesson on Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride – UPDATED: The Governor Responds

The mark of any successful political venture by Governor Palin often results a misrepresentation of her words that only leaves the media with egg on their faces. Governor Palin’s bus tour has been successful in allowing her to highlight the greatness of the history of America, meet everyday Americans and fellow politicians, and share her policy stances on everything from fishing regulations in New Hampshire to ethanol subsidies to the debt ceiling. Such successes leaves the media grasping at proverbial bendy straws. Today’s news is no different. Poised with the opportunity to more appropriately address political stories essentially pre-written for them, such as abysmal jobs numbers under the Obama administration or the newest report that the federal government lends financial aid to the very same countries from whom they borrow , the media have chosen to focus more on their own historical ignorance by creating a story out of a non-story and  misportraying Governor Palin’s comments on Paul Revere yesterday:

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s 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 and we were going to be armed."

Those quibbling with Governor Palin’s statements have their history incomplete. 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. The strawmen built by the media seems to almost indicate that Revere rode through the streets warning the British soldiers.  In actuality, simply put, Paul Revere told Regulars  of the colonists’ plans during his attempt to warn the colonists of the Regulars’ approach (Revere actually said, "the Regulars are coming!". The colonist still viewed themselves as British subjects at the time and would not have said, "the British are coming".)

Additionally, as the Paul Revere Heritage Project notes, Revere had reason for concern that the colonists’ arms would be taken away as they questioned the location of the militia’s ammunition (emphasis mine):

The Redcoats had set temporary roadblocks as a security measure and on their way to Concord they encountered British soldiers. Prescott managed to escape; Revere was captured and Dawes tried to run away but was arrested shortly thereafter. The British held Revere and interrogated him with a pistol on his chest. He was asked about the plans of the militia and where they kept their ammunition. When asked where the Patriots were hiding he told them the truth and replied that they had 500 militiamen in Concord protecting them and 1500 coming. As they rode towards Concord he was told that if he tried to escape he would be shot.

There were no claims by Governor Palin that Paul Revere’s ride had anything to do with the 2nd Amendment as some spuriously claim. She simply indicated the immediate concern of Revere and the colonists. It appears that the media once again fail to grasp the history of our Founding again. You may recall that the media were in an uproar when Governor Palin encouraged Tea Partiers to party like it’s 1773, and the media claimed she didn’t know her Revolutionary War  history. Oops. Governor Palin stated that this "One Nation" bus tour would, in part, draw attention to America’s founding and history. It looks like she is doing just that.

H/T Ian, Karen Allen, PalinSupporter

UPDATE: The Governor responds to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday

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  • Guest

    Nice try, but you are polishing a turd.  It was a really bad quote in the middle of a lot of much better stuff.  Best to move on.  

    • palinsupporter1

      It’s not a turd and the media will harp on it if it is not corrected.  Palin was correct! We were British, its was pre-Declaration. Bells at Lex and concord were rung. She wins and beclowns media in the process.

      • Guest

        oh dear god.

        • palinsupporter1

          Oh dear god what??? you can’t accept you were wrong.

          • Guest

            "we were British"?  Paul Revere rode through town saying "We’re coming, We’re coming"? really?

            • Whitney Pitcher

               I said he didn’t say the British were coming. That’s a common myth. Just like they never said, "Beam me up, Scotty" in Star Trek. The colonists still saw themselves as British subjects in 1774, before they declared independence.

              The media is trying to indicate that Governor Palin was wrong in stating that Revere warned the British because they are leaving out the whole part about him being stopped by the British Regulars (soldiers).

              • John R Schuh

                 I would love to get hold of one of the reporters following Palin and give them a history test.   Even Ivy league graduates are astonishingly ignorant of the details of history.  In April, 1775, I doubt one colonist  in a hundred was ever thinking about independence, but of course not British either. They were Englishmen, as there were few Scots and Welsh or Scotch-Irish in Massachusetts.

                • Escaped_Teleprompter

                  Ignorant journalists apparently did not know that Paul Revere did two things that night: He alerted the Americans of the British approach, and when captured, warned the British to abandon their plans because the Americans are ready and waiting for them.
                  It appears that the media were not aware that Paul Revere not only alerted the Americans about the approaching British, but later, when captured by the British, also warned them — the British — that the Americans are aware of their approach, and if they were to be foolhardy enough to attack, will be met by at least 500 armed patriots.
                  So Palin is totally correct to say: "He who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms ".  Yes Revere WARNED THE BRITISH to abandon their plans to confiscate arms, because the American patriots have been alerted and will smash them if they tried.  

                  To paraphrase Sun Tsu, the best leader tries to win battles without fighting.  That was what Paul Revere did, in warning the British of their futile excursion.  Palin understood that, and she was historically correct in saying that Revere warned the British to give up their plans. 

                  • KarenJ

                    Whitney Pitcher thinks the rebels were still British, and you’re calling them "the Americans".

                    OK, which is it?  

                  • socon

                    They were British subjects in the process of becoming Americans.  It’s not really that tough to understand, Karen.

                  • Escaped_Teleprompter

                    KarenJ has more than 4200 posts at the pig palace.  Definitely a seriously afflicted troll.  


              • MarkRNY


                The troll’s misrepresenting what you said the same way the Leftist pack of savage mice misrepresented Sarah!–Be proud Whitney!

                Btw, the Left’s Paul Revere is Barney Frank I hear–"The Wepublicans aw coming! The Webublicans aw coming!", etc. He would have had trouble with British and Regulars too ("Bwitish", "Weguluhs"). Poor guy.

            • palinsupporter1

              First of all if you knew what he did you would realize he did not say the British are coming, he yelled The Regulars are coming out.  I am tired of arguing with you because you are obviously uninformed or refuse to look up the facts before you bloviate.  Be gone!

            • Julie Dilworth Brewington

              Good Lord almighty, please learn your own country’s history. He said: the regulars are coming" kinda like you people here.

            • Mark Williams

              Yes – "We" – and particularly Mr. Revere – were British:


              What did Paul Revere say to warn the colonists that the British were coming?In: History, Politics & Society [Edit categories]

              Answer:Paul Revere never shouted the british were coming.  Actually he shouted:"The orignal are coming." because he was a British that time. he was proud to be a British.True. But he didn’t call them originals. He called them regulars, or maybe British regulars. But yes, he was proud to be British.

          • Bill589

            JTFour – A troll came here thinking it had a weapon to use against us.
            It says that it is not one of us by saying ‘you’. (Sarah supporters)
            Yet another troll bites the dust as it’s ridicule falls flat.
            Which much lead to terrible dry mouth.

        • free4now

          You’re quite correct.  He is a Dear God and one revered by all right-thinking people.

        • TruePatriotism

          JTFour – I know, I know.  But can you blame them? We all know that things like "thinking" and "knowledge" are just things for the lamestream east-coast elite.  

      • c4pfan

        So, what else is new?  It doesn’t need a whole thread over it.

        • socon

          I disagree.

      • Judy Ashmore

        palin would have done a lot better if she had taken a history teacher along instead of her family,,,,maybe she could have written notes on her hand and TRIED to read the correct answers!  palin is a joke, a fraud, a phoney

        • Timothy Healy

          Yup. Total fraud. Even C4P is tripping over themselves trying to make this one look like something passable.

          • socon

            Someone’s got to point out your lies and deliberate misrepresentations.  Sarah was right, as usual.

        • socon

          You ignorant liberal clowns wouldn’t know history if it smacked you in the face.  As usual, Sarah Palin made fools of the LameStream Media.

    • palinsupporter1

      Ace is right re: PRevere. British were on the way to seize weapons stores. English Bill of Rights of 1689 gave subjects RKBA  Gov. Palin right: Gen. Gage ordered Col. Smith 2 seize Colonists’ small arms. Colonists rang church bells & fired rifles 2 muster minutemen.

    • John Norton

      Thats what they do mix truth with lies giving legitamacy to one they sssume or want others to assume that all they say is true… The short of it They are full of Crap…

    • CBDenver

      She probably should have said "threatened the British that they wouldn’t take away our arms" instead of "warned".   In any event, Palin was correct.

    • MarkRNY

      "Nice try, but you are polishing a turd."

      Do you feel as though you’re being polished often there JT?? A polish fetish?? See if it’s covered under ObamaCare (or RomeyCare). 

  • wodiej

    Bells, lanterns, who gives a rip.  The important stuff she got right and as usual, irrational liberals missed the point of the story.

    • socon

      As usual.

    • Judy Ashmore

      ekkkers, soneone needs some reading glasses and it is not me

      • socon

        Someone needs a brain–and it’s you, Judy.

  • MaMcGriz

    Great stuff!

    Thanks to all who made it happen….and keep it coming! 

  • palintologist

    Sorry if this has been posted already, but I’ve gotta dash and can’t get to all the comments to check. 

    Oh, my.  Poor Mittens.

  • conservativeBC


    Slurred Liberal Talker On Fox: Is She Drunk, High, Or Just Stupid?

    Liberals are so inherently stupid, it is hard to tell if they are chemically impaired.

    You make up your own mind.

    • John Norton

      Someone needs to Step On the network Theres only one person that can do that SP…

    • narciso

      No, she’s like that when she’s sober, she was one of the token opponents Obama had in his 2004 Senate race.

  • ramorywebb

    A bit of history for me I must say. And it would seem I am right here witnessing more in the making!

  • john norton

    Instead of looking at the bigger problem they are nit picking….

  • Dan C

    Thanks Whitney.

  • FredHeadBill

    Excellent Whitney!

  • $8196935

    My 200 something 9th great grandparents from England who came to New England were British

    Several  7th great grandparents.from Germany who came to Pennsylvania signed documents
    that they would be loyal subjects of King George II (British) of which I have photo copies of.

    Not, Denmark, Not France, England – British

    Today we still speak an archaic form of English from these British people here

    They were colonist of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, etc, Not Americans 

  • c4pfan

    Huh?  I don’t get why even a thread on this.  I swear, you guys over react over nothing.

    • Whitney Pitcher

      It’s not an overeaction. It’s a response to the media’s misrepresentation and bias. Governor Palin had the history correct, but the media had it wrong. They are running with it all over the place.

      Sure, we do have to pick our battles and response accordingly and only necessarily, but when the media tries to run down Governor Palin’s intelligence, that is something that requires a response.

      We don’t do this for the heck of it or to make a mountain out a molehill, but simply to defend the Governor. Although these kinds of "stories" are comforting in that they indicate she is doing well. That’s when these kinds of stories surface most.

      • buddyjoze

        Palin did not have the history correct. She answered the question incorrectly. Paul Revere warned Adams and Hancock, not "the British."

      • Tan

        Give it up seriously. You aren’t helping like you think you are. She stuffed up and looked and sounded embarrassing. I’m Australian and I know she got it wrong. If you cared you would just let the moment pass and try and forget it. Sarah cannot answer simple questions without embarrassing herself monumentally. That’s why she’s so afraid of going anywhere but Fox, because Fox gives her the questions beforehand and she loads her answers into her TelePrompTer.
        It’s high time you guys take a good look at the facts surrounding Sarah and realise that a Presidency just isn’t going to happen. She will play around with running a campaign but will never actually take the necessary steps behind the scenes because she’s taking you all for a ride! Why do you give her money when she is open about using the money for a family trip? Why do you give her money when you can see only 10% of the
        PAC money goes to where it was promised, the remainder going to dodgy ‘administrative costs’ or similar? If a charity was only forwarding 10% of the money donated they’d be considered fraudulent and would likely face criminal or civil charges. Why anyone continues to support this woman is beyond me.
        Just admit she screwed up for once. You do know that this blog is infamous for it’s ridiculousness? That people come here for a good belly laugh to see mindless sycophants defending the indefensible behaviour of their queen, all whilst the queen herself laughs at them and uses them to fill her coffers and do her bidding? Most of your audience are here ironically guys, and this post is the perfect example of why!

      • JeannieBinVA

        Whitney, I’m glad C4P presented the facts on this and that the site is getting some buzz out of it, but IMO this was still an unforced error on Gov. Palin’s part.

        The purpose of Revere’s ride was to warn resident colonials and the Minute Men that the British were on the march, and he did so by stealth, not by firing warning shots or ringing bells through the towns. 

        She makes it sound as if the purpose of his ride was to warn the British, and that his message to them was that the colonials would be keeping their arms. Neither of these is true; he was captured despite his own efforts to escape being detected, and he told them about the colonial arms only under threat of death. So her overall message comes across as nothing more than a poorly worded shout-out to the NRA.

        She certainly had a valid point; the intent of the British was to capture the colonials’ weapons stores.  But if she’s going to try to make political hay out of history — especially history that has been mangled by popular culture (in this case, Longfellow’s well known romanticized poetic version) — she should express herself more clearly.

        I hope she clarifies this on Sunday.

        • Humanist

          Perfect response Jeannie.  Palin’s statement, “He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells…" makes it clear that she is either confused or jumbled her words.  If Palin really had been referring to this lesser known part of Revere’s ride, she wouldn’t have included, "by ringing those bells." 

          I’m all for trying to correct errant public perception of history, but this was clearly not the case here.   

          • socon

            Your nitpicking is beyond ridiculous.  Did you whine about Obama’s stupid assertion of visiting 57 states?  If not, please shut up.

    • RefudiateGOPe

      Nothing you say?  Google Palin, Revere and see what you get.

  • blueflame65

    Since C4P is responding to the BS from the lamestream news so well I have been posting their URL as a response, along with a comment on the lamestream media sites. A bing search list the sites that need to be responded to. C4P get extra exposure and maybe some converts. A win win strategy.

  • elkonv

    All battles need to be fought–big & small—I’m sure glad we have some great fighters on c4p–Thanks Whitney

  • TheTotalConservative

    They use this against her and this will hurt her.

    • Mountain

      Let’s remain positive, as Whitney is being:  tell the truth, then show Gov. Palin IS informed.

      Why harp against Whit or C4P?  Try to understand, receive information, and be at peace.  We have a long row to hoe together these next few years.

    • socon

      This petty nonsense damages the leftist loons not Sarah.

  • mymati

    I swear she does this on purpose. She states a historicaly correct fact in a way that you have to listen to carefully to be sure it is correct. Then the nincomepoops in the media listen to it in passing then blast away at her while she sits back and watches the media make fools out of themselves, classic Palin media trap. I sure do love the way she crushes the media on a regular basis.

    Go Sarah!!!! 2012


  • technopeasant

    What was Paul Revere’s occupation?

    1) Parson

    2) Printer

    3) Silversmith

    4) Shipper

    5) Farmer

    • $8196935

      Silversmith.  My grandfather heald one of his of works when he was a silversmith
      working on a piece. at Tiffany’s in NYC in 1920s 

      Revere’s background was French  Huguenot

    • TeflonWarrior


    • quidam65

      Silversmith.  Even learned that in public school.

      But did you know that in 1801 he opened a copper mill, and his company (Revere Copper Company) still exists today as an employee-owned firm?

  • steebo77

    Pennsylvanians for Palin is now up and running!
    Twitter: @pa4palin

  • TheTotalConservative

    This will undo all the good she did and gaffes like this are played to death by freaking pieces of shit that hate her like my piece of crap sister.

    • c4pfan

      TTC, I really cannot wait until you are taken off here again.

      Actually, it’s not big news at all.

      • TheTotalConservative

        I had a fight with my sister over this. She said Palin has no brain.

        • c4pfan

          The world doesn’t revolve around you TTC. 

          Sarah’s answer was fine.  Get over it.

        • socon

          "I dad a fight?"  Nice comment.

      • abric777

        Her point was inarticulately expressed. BIG DEAL. If this crap is the best they have, they have nothing. Relax, Troops! LOL 

        • socon

          It was vintage Sarah!  

    • RefudiateGOPe

      What gaffe are you talking about?

    • Don B

      Shut up. Just shut up.  And stop with the language.

    • NYJeremy

      Not really. The whole thing is stupid.

    • socon

      Concern troll.

      • TheTotalConservative

        Are you insane.Her statement is not technically wrong.

  • TheTotalConservative

    Damn It, I know this garbage will be played to death and I am beyond sickened at this point. Now her enemies delight in this crap. This is awful.

    • Quiet_Righty

      Time to lie down, TTC.

    • socon

      You mean you’re "beyond sickening" at this point.

    • DefCon66

      Go take your meds.

  • $8196935

      Any bogus issue the opposition can use we must be aware and
    expose their attempt at smearing .
    This is what is done in a campaign, this is not a smiley face chat room.
    You must prepare for war working for a candidate, Many of us are working to
    see Sarah run in the campaign and help, not use this site for just a chat room

    • c4pfan

      Actually, sometimes the actions here back-fire and are used as a mesaure of what will freak people out. 

      People here act like everything will come to an end.

    • c4pfan

      Oh, and don’t you get that TTC doesn’t provide anything positive to the conversation?  Notice how he/she always over reacts and only focuses on the negative to the point that it’s obvious he’s a troll?

    • socon

      A war-room, indeed.   Any time, Sarah, any place–there are many of us just waiting for your word.  I’ve never worked for a Presidential campaign in my life, but I will crawl over broken glass to fight for Sarah Palin to become our next president!

      President Palin–I like the sound of that!!

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