Well, let’s set the record straight. Although, I will admit, Sarah Palin has made her fair share of gaffes in the past, I would not classify her Paul Revere comment as one of them. Let me explain. Before Revere’s famous ride, he organized the “powder alarms” which were designed to warn communities that the British were planning on stealing gunpowder in order to disarm the Americans. This alarm system included the “bells and warning shots” Palin referenced. In order to eliminate the alarms, the British attempted to quarantine Boston. As an alteration to the system in the face of the quarantine, the lanterns hung in the Old North Church on the night of Revere’s ride were meant to activate the powder alarms and warn Americans that “The British were coming.” That same night, Revere set out to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock of the advancing British troops, but was captured on the way there. In a letter written by Revere himself, he recounted being questioned by a British officer: "He asked me if I was an express. I answered in the affirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and added, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up." That sure sounds like a warning to the British to me, and written in Revere’s own words nonetheless. Just like Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy, stupid,” hey liberal media, “It’s the truth, stupid.” This story might be obscure and unknown to most (including MSNBC anchors), but Sarah Palin appeared to have been fully aware of its truth. Unfortunately, even in the face of Palin’s apparent vindication, the left continues to mercilessly attack her credibility, and the credibility of most right-leaning politicians for that matter. This harsh treatment has revolved around the former vice presidential candidate ever since her emergence onto the political scene. Just think back to January on the day of the horrific shooting in Tucson. Many left-leaning commentators and politicians were quick to blame Palin (and other conservatives) for the attack because she had “targeted” Kathy Lee Gifford’s district as one that could be taken by Republicans in the midterm elections. Well, just so the left knows, the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner was declared schizophrenic (not surprisingly), meaning that his actions were the result of an insane mind, not a political map. I’m still waiting for the apologies to Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and all blamed conservatives.
Now, compare Palin’s media treatment to that of the Unquestioned Messiah, Barack Obama. The President has had his fair share of gaffes, perhaps even more than Palin, but they are rarely even mentioned by our leftist media. One of the most offensive comments he has made occurred when he was speaking on the Tonight Show about his “bowling prowess:” “No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something.” Excuse me? The President made a blatant joke about the Special Olympics, which showcases the handicapped, and the media ignored it. Granted the President did apologize for the comment, but the leftist media did not barrage him with criticisms like they are currently directing at Sarah Palin. Another favorite Obama gaffe of mine occurred when he was speaking of a natural disaster in my home state: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed.” For the President’s information, that tornado only had 12 casualties. I’m pretty sure I would have heard if ten thousand of my fellow Kansans died. On another occasion, the President tried to make a point about health care using a mail analogy, but in the end just created a self-defeating argument: “UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems.” If I’m reading that correctly, Obama stated the two private businesses, UPS and FedEx, are more successful than a government-run program: the Post Office. And he calls himself a big-government liberal! Yet again, what did the media have to say about the comment? Nothing. Perhaps the most famous, and most comical, Obamaism occurred when the President overestimated exactly how many states made up our Union: “I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go.” Now, we conservatives have all had a good laugh over the comment, and rightfully so, but few of us actually think that the President believes that there are 57 states. I’m the first to admit that it was a simple mistake and does not at all reflect on Obama’s intelligence. In fact, although I disagree with just about every decision the President has made, I acknowledge that he is a very well educated man. Chris Matthews gave a great display of liberal hypocrisy this past April when having a discussion with Michael Steele. When Steele brought up the “57 state” comment, Matthews called it a “misstatement” and brushed it off. Comparing Matthews’ comments on Palin’s Paul Revere statement and Obama’s gaffe shows exactly how biased our media is. In fact, for conservatives, it’s a double standard.
Every time a conservative opens their mouth anymore, they are annihilated by the media. Yet, when liberal politicians make a mistake, it’s silent. Most of the media is so in the bag for the Obama administration and the liberal establishment that they cannot present an accurate account of the news. This is why liberals like to attack FoxNews for being “too conservatively biased.” Yes, Fox has conservative commentators like Bill O’Reilly hired to give his opinion on the news, but the network really appears to be to the right because it’s surrounded by the liberal media. It’s only conservative by comparison. The liberal media, unlike Fox, often spends most of its time tearing down conservatives, especially Sarah Palin. Liberal “journalists” spend so much time trying to discredit Palin, frankly, because she’s a threat. She does not fit into the “rich white male” stereotype that they have imposed on the conservative movement. She’s a conservative woman who is truly unpredictable (seriously, Sarah, are you running or not?). Liberals can’t seem to force her into a box and that frustrates them. So they attack her with every weapon in their arsenal. The same goes for “untraditional” politicians such as Allen West and Michelle Bachmann. The media’s treatment of the President; however, is definitely a horse of a different color. For most of them, Barack Obama is untouchable, so much so that he’s reached “Messiah” and “Savior” status to many liberals. He can do no wrong. In fact, he even gives Chris Matthews a “thrill up his leg.” Well, liberal media, if you need a savior, take him and see how far that gets you. Conservatives, on the other hand, will rely on the American ideal. We don’t need a savior to make progress. We believe in the American dream that liberals have tried to convince us is dead. To move forward, we do not need an Unquestionable Messiah to lead us or a biased media to tell us what to think. Conservatives will “question with boldness” in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson. All we need to succeed is the self-reliance, entrepreneurship, and innovation that made the United States of America the exceptional nation it is today.