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Sarah Palin and Paul Revere

Sarah Palin took a "ride" with Paul Revere.

Barack Obama campaigned in states that didn't exist.

“He who warned the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms by ringing those bells makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.” – Sarah Palin talking about Paul Revere in Boston on June 2, 2011

Bill Maher heard that comment and quipped: “She shouldn’t be on vacation, she should be in summer school!”

But that was what she said, and The Newburyport Current joined those piling on in their June 10th edition via cartoon and article (“Don’t tread on us” – Dan Mac Alpine).

I did a Google search on “Dan Mac Alpine,” and came across an interview he did for a blog called, “Becoming Lois Lane,” given on November 3, 2009.  In the interview he says, “For the average citizen it is too vital and too much work to find out what the real story is when it comes to news.  That’s where a journalist comes in.  A journalist provides that information to the public so that they don’t have to go out and find it on their own.”

Is Mr. Mac Alpine saying that there are experts in our midst ready to supply us with the important information we need because we’re too lazy and incapable of getting it accurately on our own?  How arrogant is that!

These days the internet and its numerous search engines make information gathering easy.  We can hear people making the actual statements we judge them on.  A journalist just interprets what they gather and so can we.

In my opinion, many folks mocking Sarah Palin, made the mistake of relying on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride,” for their history of what happened.  Longfellow was not an eyewitness to the 1775 event, in fact, he wasn’t born until 1807.  He also didn’t write the poem until 1860.  His point of writing it was to rally Americans to take action against slavery as they had against the British.

Longfellow was a widely recognized poet in the United States and his works were read by people such as Abraham Lincoln and Queen Victoria.  In our area, the hardly-known Paul Revere became well-known because of “Paul Revere’s Ride,” and the town of North Chelsea changed its name to “Revere,” in 1871.

“Paul Revere’s Ride,” is not accurate.  Two of the better know lines in the poem aren’t true.
“One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be.”
The water option was the Charles River, not a sea, but river wouldn’t rhyme.  Also, Revere was in Boston not on the opposite shore when the signal was given.

In another part of his article, Mr. Mac Alpine rejected Sarah’s reference to Revere trying to warn folks so that the British wouldn’t take away their weapons.  The facts are that Revere and several others went to Lexington to tell John Hancock and Samuel Adams to take off.  Going on to Concord was to get stored military supplies moved elsewhere.  The locals had gunpowder stored in common places.  The British realized if they controlled the gunpowder then they could limit the amount of resistance they would face.  In this way, the British troops would be taking away the guns of those they would confront.

Another point of contention was the many instances where people in the Boston area warned each other of British soldiers being nearby.  They did ring bells and sometimes they fired warning shots.

It is interesting that in Paul Revere’s obituary in 1818, there is no mention of any ride he took.  Credit Longfellow for elevating Revere to legend status as he had done to others in poems he wrote.

One “fact” I did agree with was when Mr. Mac Alpine wrote, “Nor was Revere a currier.”  Paul Revere was definitely not someone who prepared tanned hides for use.  He was, however, according to sources beyond Longfellow, a “courier.”

One of the great songs of the past was called “Wonderful World.”  It came out in 1959 and was sung by Sam Cooke.  The first line went:
“Don’t know much about history.”
Then it went on to:
“Don’t know much biology.”

Let’s change “biology,” to “geography,” and revisit a quote by candidate Barack Obama on May 9, 2008 in Beaverton, Oregon.

“It is wonderful to be back in Oregon.  Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States.  I’ve now been in 57 states.  I think one left to go.  Alaska and Hawaii, I was not allowed to go to even though I really wanted to visit, but my staff would not justify it.”

My granddaughter learned the states and their capitals in fourth grade! Is this where I can use Mr. Mac Alpine’s, “at least get a children’s-coloring-book grasp of,” in this case, geography, in reference to the President?  He made a similar mocking reference to Sarah Palin and US history.

Based on candidate Obama’s comment about states he had visited, I doubt that we’d want to hear him talk, away from a teleprompter,  about Paul Revere unless we were looking for a cartoon idea or wanted to ridicule him.

( This article appeared in a June issue of The Newburyport Current. )

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Guilt By Association Covers Both Sides of the Aisle

Congressman John Tierney - Are we to believe that he had no knowledge of his wife's part in an illegal gambling operation run by her brothers?

I hope John Burciaga can swim.  Why?  He keeps going off the deep end.

Arizona in the crosshairs,” in the January 14th issue of The Newburyport Current is yet another of his misguided, conclusion-jumping endeavors.

Wait until John reads the New York Times article entitled, “Looking Behind the Mug-Shot Grin,” in their January 15th issue.   The NY Times reporters reveal that, brace yourself John, Tucson shooter Jared Loughner was a Bush-hater. 

The theme of John’s article is to tie Arizona Governor Brewer, Arizona Senator Kyle, and Sarah Palin to what happened in Tucson.  But if the shooter was indeed a Bush hater then, using John Burciaga’s normal logic, we’d have to transfer the blame instead to those who have never stopped blaming Bush for everything. 

John regularly uses guilt-by-association in his articles.  Someone does something, and even without solid proof he’ll connect them to something else.  Sarah Palin puts crosshairs on a map and so because of it someone like Jared Loughner rushes off and shoots people.  Far fetched, don’t you think?

I also take issue with John describing Arizona Governor Jan Brewer as being, “homely.”  That’s an unfair call as well as a dubious way to make a point.  If I tell a reader that every time I see Barack Obama give a speech his ears seem to fill the room, am I being persuasive? 

I’m hoping that in a future article John will do a guilt-by-association story surrounding the recently sentenced Patrice Tierney.  Our US Congressman’s wife, according to published reports, has a father, son, and two brothers involved in illegal gambling. 

Their illegal gambling operation shifted to Antigua in 2003 after one of Patrice’s brothers was convicted in the US of tax evasion and money laundering. 

Patrice managed the US bank account used by her out-of-the-country brothers from 2003-09 before getting charged by the feds.  The feds said that she had lied to the IRS about the source of the nearly $7 million that flowed into that bank account.  Her excuse for her behavior was that she was just trying to help her brother’s family in the US and was, “willfully blind,” as to how the money sent her way was earned.

Meanwhile, anyone trying to connect Congressman John Tierney to his wife’s illegal activities has been confronted with the Sergeant Shultz trifecta – “I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!”  Remarkably, it would seem, the crooked background of Patrice’s family and the fact that she managed an account for them while they’re on the lam in Antigua, failed to get the Congressman’s attention, over a seven year period, about any possible improprieties.

Does it look like a stretch to you to use that guilt-by-association approach on John Tierney?  However, can anyone out there recall a Democrat ever being subjected to such scrutiny from Mr. Burciaga?

(This article appeared in the January 21st issue of The Newburyport Current.)

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Retirees: Sarah Palin is Our Daughter

Okay, not really but after watching her going against Joe Biden in the vice presidential debates I could not help but think that she could be our daughter.

Her age (43) is right and I cannot help but imagine that Sarah and our own daughter are similar.  If you have a daughter near that age, you know what I am talking about.

We raised them.  We trained them.  We hurt when they hurt and were happy when they were happy.  We could not stop ourselves from bragging about them to anyone who would listen.

But suddenly they grew up and high school, dating, college, marriage, and children lessened our connection to them.  We hoped and prayed that we had helped set in place a foundation that would help them as they built a life with less and less influence from us.

Now we look at them and see what they have become and think, “Wow!”  Little seems to get the best of them and if it does, they know how to find solutions.  They juggle a schedule that includes; a husband, kids, employment, and pets and still have enough left to be pleasant to be around.

Joe Biden (65) is the age of us retirees.  In addition, like us, he can still talk a good game.  However, let us be realistic, he has neither the energy of our daughters nor the practical problem-solving skills our daughters have developed. 

Joe, and the rest of us of retiree age, can get an occasional burst of energy and we can solve an occasional problem or two if we can remember what the problem was by the time we solve it. It is folly for anyone of retiree age to think that he has more to offer than the likes of Sarah Palin. 

Some folks thought that John McCain took a big risk when he added Sarah to his leadership team.  I believe that most of us retirees, with daughters Sarah’s age, must respectfully disagree.

(Appeared in both The Bridgton News and Newburyport Daily News on October 9th.)

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