The shot heard ’round the worldJune 7, 2011
Oh, that Palin woman…now her minions are messing with the bastion of truth, Wikipedia.
In truth, this vexes me; I just used it last night in my previous post to defend her, and I didn’t see any untoward edits. It seemed the entry spoke for itself, and they should have left well enough alone. Ah well.
Still, the fundamental facts don’t change, friends. Revere et. al. were sent out specifically because the British troops were coming out to disarm the populace. That was the mission given to the British officers. Revere did speak to the patrol that captured him, and he did warn them that there were 500 militia who would resist. He also told them that the shots fired that they heard from a distance, were from those men, assembling in Lexington. In fact, that event and Revere’s statement prompted one of the officers to take Revere’s horse and ride off to warn the British troops. (The source in the link above makes no mention of town bells, however.) Revere may have been bluffing. For someone who had been captured, threatened twice with being shot, and already clubbed in the head, he was pretty courageous.
What I thought was interesting in reading Revere’s account was that the British soldiers seemed nearby, and all the events happened physically closer together than I had imagined. The official map of the ride is here.
I understand why people want to attack Sarah Palin. I understand it, but I don’t have to like it or agree with it. Is she the best candidate the Republican party can field in 2012? I don’t know. I’m still looking for someone better. The combination of experience, charisma and solid values is hard to come by these days, at least in anyone willing to run. We’ve had two out of three, more than once. That’s not enough. I would rather have someone with good solid values who would keep America on a path guided by the Constitution than any brilliant demagogue. Would I vote for Palin over Obama? Of course. In a primary, against Romney? Probably, with the positions he’s been espousing lately.
The fact remains that Palin’s supposed off-the-duff gaffe got more air time, and continues to, than any policy speeches Romney or any other declared Republican candidate has made. For good or ill, the media is focused on Sarah Palin, and she has the benefit and the curse of a “bully pulpit” that no other political figure, outside of the President, has. I’m not sure of her motives for the tour – maybe she is taking the national temperature about her running for President. Like Hillary in 2008, she has high positives and high negatives. Can she bring the negatives down and the positives up? Where is the golden number she feels she needs? Where is she going to get the massive amounts of money it takes to run a Presidential campaign? There are still a lot of unanswered questions. Maybe she has some of those answers, maybe she is looking for them now. This is as good a time as any to go out into “real” America and see how things look.
As I said in the last post, don’t underestimate her…either her political savvy or her understanding of the issues. She’s not the second coming of Dan Quayle. She’s not even the second coming of Joe Biden, thank God.
I’m just waiting and watching, myself. It’s the silly media folks who have their panties in a bunch. (That even hurts to type!)