Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the big bus ride of Palin dear
On the third of June, in two thousand 'leven
Hardly a man this side of heaven
Who doesn't know Sarah both far and near.
She said to her dude, "If the libruls ask
By land or by sea how the British came
I'll blame it on Katie who took me to task
Who asked me the papers and mags to name
Write on my hand, and two scams we'll see
And I with the confusing tale will be
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
So sure of my sex and with you on my arm
For the country folk, they love all my charm"
Well, that's enough of that. If you need a context then watch the video.
The thing is, it is true that the British were coming to secure the arsenal in Concord. So, you can twist it around enough to say that the British were "coming for our arms." And Revere directed the lanterns in the church, if not placing them there himself, to serve as a signal to Charlestown if he and the other riders didn't get through. So again, she is sorta right about him and the lanterns. (And I admit I refreshed myself on Wikipedia. But you'd think she could check it on her blackberry or something.)
Revere's midnight ride was clearly not a "warning to the British" but an attempt to hide from them as he made his way to warn the Revolutionary Patriots that the British were coming. And everybody knows that (well, I guess not). And her delivery clearly leaves something to be desired unless that still resonates with the anti-elitists she seems to connect with so well.
The main problem is that whatever the question was, Sarah responded in a "proof-texting" way by pulling parts out of the story and twisting them to serve some preconceived agenda of hers about the Second Amendment. Now, all politicians do that but not nearly so ham-handed as she did.
And I'll bet you there's more to come. I still say she is not seriously running for president but sticking herself out there for more fame and glory as she wrestles with the forces of evil (our free press, elitist American historians, and Tina Fey.) So, it will be a fun presidential season. And Bachman hasn't even announced yet!