Paul Revere in the modern era

Rick Richman thinks that Palin may have a lot in common with Paul Revere. In describing the “artisan” vs “elite” social divide, he provides a good summary of the latest expressions of the Palin Derangement Syndrome. See Palin, Paul Revere, and Republicanism

The reactions to Palin’s remark were more interesting than the remark itself. Buried within them is a connection between Palin and Revere, unrelated to his Midnight Ride, which bears on her coming decision about running for president.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

The tri-part reaction to Palin’s remark — (1) she’s stupid; (2) she was only unknowingly right; (3) she was right, but she can’t speak good English — was an elite response. It was the reaction of a class that prizes, above all else, educational credentials and the ability to speak well.

Of course, the values claimed often seem to be missing when it comes to what the ‘elites’ actually do. Wisconsin demonstrated that.

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