I try my best to ignore the cross between a carnival sideshow and a multiple-car pileup that is the former half-term Governor of Alaska. Some things, though, are too stupid to ignore, like this “word salad” on Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride:
He who warned, uh, the, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringin’ those bells and um by makin’ sure that as he’s ridin’ his horse through town to send those warnin’ shots and bells that uh we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free and we were gonna be armed.
CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin’s deadpan reaction is priceless:
“History lesson” from Sarah Palin on the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.
Her tone on the words “history lesson” falls just short of air quotes.
If Palin were just stumbling over her words—like we all do sometimes—nobody would care. If she’d said “The British are Coming!” she’d get a pass. Paul Revere never said those words attributed to him—the Revolution hadn’t started yet, so everyone was still British at that point—but most wouldn’t know that without referencing Wikipedia.
No, she has Paul Revere yelling, and shooting in the air, and ringing church bells all to warn the British (that is the Redcoats) that “we’re gonna be armed.” Not quietly riding to Lexington to warn the Patriots so they would be ready the next day when the shooting started, but warning the British that we were armed. With a strategy like that, the Revolution would have ended at Lexington and today we’d all be singing God Save the Queen.
And this is the state of education in our country. We’ve come to a point where we not only produce people this ignorant, but we let them get this close to power. Meanwhile, we cut school budgets, refuse to invest in our children’s futures, and thus make the situation even worse.
God help us.