While visiting Boston’s historic Old North Church, where the famous “One if by land, two if by sea” lantern signal sent silversmith Paul Revere on his even more famous “Midnight Ride” to warn of the approach of the British, 1/2 Ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was asked “What did you learn on your visit today” by a local journalist.
Palin proceeded to give a rambling and incoherent answer that seemed to be about gun control: “He who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and, um, making sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were going to be secure and we were going to be free.”
To her credit, Palin did correctly state that the British were planning to confiscate arms and ammunition stored by American rebels. She also scores a point for identifying Revere’s mode of transportation as a horse. But he didn’t “warn the British” of anything – he alerted American rebels of the British forces’ approach by shouting “the Regulars are coming!”, referring to the British “regular army” troops.
Apparently Palin was in the same history class as Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, who told an audience in New Hampshire their state was the site of the famous “Shot Heard ‘Round The World”. Unfortunately for Bachmann the clash between British troops and American rebels she was talking about happened in Massachusetts at the towns of Lexington and Concord.