Sarah Palin yesterday insisted her claim at the Old North Church last week that Paul Revere “warned the British” during his famed 1775 ride — remarks that Democrats and the media roundly ridiculed — is actually historically accurate. And local historians are backing her up.
So, she got that part right. Revere was stopped by British troops and did in fact, under questioning, warn them that they would be fought and defeated if they tried to take the arms from the colonists.
Here is the part she got wrong,
Palin insisted yesterday on Fox News Sunday she was right: “Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms.”
Here is what she missed. On the night of April 18 and morning of April 19, 1775 there were no such creatures as Americans. Not until later on the morning of the 19th would the idea of “Americans” be born. In fact, the term might not even have been born that morning. Up until the first shots rang out in Lexington the colonials were subjects of the British Crown. Taking up arms against their sovereign’s soldiers was an act of treason to the British, not an act of Revolution. It’s a subtle concept, but ever so important to the founding of our country. From that morning on, the tear was irreparable, and the colonies embarked on the road to forming a new nation.