jpak (1000+ posts) Sun Jun-12-11 12:16 PM
Hey, Palin-What Did The Declaration Say About Gun Rights?
The GOP's leading Presidential pretender, Gunpowder Puff Sarah Palin, has been flitting about lately, parroting the gun-rights drivel she gets from right-wing media outlets and blog sites. Her latest pronouncement was how Paul Revere's ride from Boston into Middlesex County was really all about asserting the colonist's right to own guns by telling the British troops that his fellow rebel patriots had lots of guns. That, supposedly, was gonna scare the bejeezus out of the highly regimented and heavily armed redcoats according to Ms. Palin -you betcha!
Never mind the inconvenient fact that Revere told the Brits that the colonists were armed only after he had completed his part of the real mission carried out by some forty or so rebels -to warn their comrades that an armed British invasion was underway. Never mind that Revere told the Brits that his comrades were armed at gunpoint, only after he had been captured by the them. Never mind the fact that giving such information about your comrades to the enemy, if done before your mission has been completed, would be tantamount to betrayal -no different from a captured G.I. in Afghanistan today telling the Taliban all about American troop strength and weaponry.
No, those are all just historical facts, and to Palin "facts are stupid things" just like the Gipper said. What's really important to Palin and her Teabagger cohorts is ideology, and that ideology demands that history be revised to make Revere's ride all about gun rights under the Second Amendment, as if the American Revolution stood for nothing else.
Well, despite Ms. Palin's narrow-minded ideological slant, let's take a look at what the American Revolution was really all about, as clearly stated at length in the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration, remember, is not the founding document of our democratic government -the Constitution is. But the Declaration gives us a crystal clear insight into the ideals, ideas and purposes of the founders which they then incorporated into the Constitution and Bill of Rights.