O Sarah, Why Do They Hate Thee?

OK. I get it.

Liberal men are afraid of her appeal and potential. Liberal women are jealous.

That explains, to a point, why there is an obsession with viciously taking her down. It’s why they ignore her politics and simply attack her and her family personally.

I also can understand why brainwashed young people, (who get their opinions about Governor Palin spoon-fed to them from Tina Fey and Jon Stewart and the like) are too dumb to get off the Hate Sarah Bandwagon.

But why do a lot of conservatives feel the need to trash Palin as well? That’s what I don’t get.

I mean, yes, it is certainly the popular and culturally accepted (and expected) position to tirelessly denigrate her. And, let’s be frank, Sarah has given her critics a lot of fuel. Mrs. Palin, were I you, I would avoid making those candid, off-the-cuff remarks. That’s where They play “gotcha” the most.

The most recent example, is of course the Paul Revere Fiasco. While visiting several historical sites, including Revere’s Home, a reporter got Palin on camera saying the following:

We saw where Paul Revere hung out as a teenager, which was something new to  learn. And you know, he who warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells and making sure, as he is 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.

To say that this caused a firestorm is an understatement. Palin Haters  came fast and furious with the ridicule. Palin herself and Palin Lovers came back with a pretty muddy defence. And the war of understanding History rages on.

I can’t blame Sarah for trying to turn the tide and play Gotcha back… but her explanation was a bit of a stretch. It didn’t help that her most vocal supporters doubled down and actually made the defence less accurate.

The truth lies somewhere in between “She’s an idiot and she got it all wrong” and “She was actually 100% correct”.

The basic truth is that her facts are pretty sound…but the context and presentation were muddled and stretched. As it turns out, Palin was indeed describing certain events which occurred AFTER the famous Midnight Ride. Though there was supposedly an attempt by Palin Lovers to re-write the wikipedia entry to make it sound as though Palin was completely correct, I believe that has been cleaned up by now…so go here to see that the events she describes actually did (more or less) occur.

I consider myself a student of History (and in particular American History)… I mean, I got a 5 on the AP American History Test, what more proof do you need? 😉 But, to be completely honest, I didn’t know much about the subsequent sequence of events after the famous Ride. I honestly don’t think Palin did either. To pretend that she was issuing common knowledge was unwise at best.

But I do have a theory:

She had been visiting historical sites, including Paul Revere’s Home. Undoubtedly she went on Tours and those Tour Guides probably talked about all the events before and after the ride (including Revere being captured and then bluffing by “warning the British” and then the bell-ringing, etc.). So…fresh on her mind, those anecdotes likely are what came out when she got cornered by the reporter. I am about 95 percent sure that’s what happened…and if so, Sarah should have just explained things that way afterward (instead of trying to turn the tide on her detractors and attempting a “Reverse Gotcha”).

So the whole thing is a non-issue to me. It probably could have fizzled out. She wasn’t wrong, but she handled it wrong. I believe that Sarah is better than the whole “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality, so this entire episode was quite unfortunate.

I still don’t understand the visceral and irrational hatred that people have for her, but if she avoids trying to “play their games”, she might win people over more quickly. For those who instantly hate her, I reccomend you check out the Notes that are posted on her Facebook Page. No way to tell if she herself writes them…but I will give her the benefit of the doubt. They are intelligent and on point. They represent a sound political philosophy and if Palin could work on making her public perception based less on her early fumbles and more on her “Facebook Note Writer Character”, she may eventually eradicate at least the irrational hatred of her.

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