Gather 'round, children, while I'm wailin'
About the midnight snooze of Sarah Palin
It is an interesting phenomenon to be sure, to witness the freaks who now control the "party of Abraham Lincoln" giving their little history lessons. Back in January there was the spectacle of uber twit Michele Bachmann, mangling the story of this nation's founding to such a delightful degree, one was tempted to nominate her to the Comedy Hall of Fame:
"We kn ow there was slavery that was still tolerated when the nation began. We know that was an evil, and it was a scourge and a blot and a stain upon our history. But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. And I think it is high time that w e recognize the contribution of our forebears who worked tireless ly - men like John Quincy Adams - who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country."
As Oscar Hammerstein once wrote, "I must have done something good" to deserve Michele Bachmann.
For the historical record:
John Quincy Adams was not one of the Founding Fathers.
For the historical reco rd:
By the time slavery was legally and forever ended in this country, John Quincy Adams had been in the grave for eighteen years.
For the historical record:
Michele Bachmann is a nitwit.
Yes sir, I must have done something awfully good indeed.
And n ow here comes Sarah Palin rewriting the story of the midnight ride of Paul Revere:
"He warned the British that they weren't going be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells, and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."
You see? It was all about the Second Amendment! When it was pointed out to her by Chris Wallace on FOX Noise Sunday that she had gotten it wrong, she shot back at the amused reporter that she hadn't gotten it wrong at all. She then complained about the "got'cha" question that had prompted her idiotic response. And what was the question you may well ask?
"What have you seen so far today and what are you going to take away from your visit?"
Leave it to that evil lame stream media. They love tripping up good Americans like Sarah Palin with trick questions like that. That and " What do you read? " There oughtta be a la w, I tell you! Come to think about it, if these Nazi wannabes have their way, there will be .
The manipulation of historical facts in order to suit their ideological bias is just one of the more ludicrous goals of the extreme right wing in recent years. Just last year, the Texas B oard of Education approved a series of revised school books that threatened to put s atirists out of work permanently. As reported on this very site by your trusty correspondent on May 29, 2010:
"The Board of E d in Texas has taken it upon themselves to rewrite history. You see, the problem with the story of America, they argue, is that it has always been written with a na sty left wing bias. I have to concede their point. Have you ever noticed th e way t hose Liberal historians always tend to focus on the attributes of Abraham Lincoln? They to tally ignore all that was good and decent in the character of Jefferson Davis! The Texas Board of Education is going to remedy this awful injustice. From this day forward (if these idiots have their way) Davis will be presented to America's schoolchildren as the moral equivalent of Lincoln. Look away, Dixieland!"
Message to my beloved cousins, the Barras family of Port Arthur:
GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN!
Of course, they can't permanently rewrite the historical record. What I mean is, they can't etch their particular viewpoint into stone. There will always be legitim ate historians to set the record straight. There will never be a serious book written that will place Lincoln and Davis on the same moral playing field. The goal of the extremists who now dictate America's political conversation is to merely muddy the historical waters until the next election cycle. After they are firmly intrenched in Washington or wherever, who gives a damn what the masses believe?
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