The Know It All Syndrome a condition that allows you to think yourself to be right on all topics.
All too often I find myself a victim of this disorder. That said I can and unfortunately do find myself saying “Ah shucks you’re right” and having to actually admit I am wrong (rare though it is). The problem is some people can’t do that. Victims of the syndrome have to justify and bend and change what they originally said to make it sound like they were not wrong. I’ve tried it, it only makes you look stupid.
On that Note let’s talk about Sarah Palin and her recent gaffe in a news. Ms Palin on her travelling Side-show/ road-show / Supporter sponsored vacation stop in Boston said:
“He [Paul Revere] who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms uh by ringing those bells and making sure as he’s 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 and we were going to be armed.”
Sounds plausible, STUPID but Plausible. In reality Revere did nothing of the sort. The entire story can be found in a letter that Revere wrote to Dr. Jeremy Belknap. It is interesting reading and highlights a perilous journey but there were no bells or gun shots and no conscious effort to warn the British of anything. Why set up covert signals from the North church if your aim is to WARN the British. The problem is the more tired Ms Palin gets the more dumb she sounds.
This however is not the end of the story Palin like all know it all’s does not admit her error she goes on to defend it. When Chris Wallace of Fox News asked her “You realize that you messed up about Paul Revere, don’t you?” Palin replied “I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere … Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have,… He did warn the British.” Um given that by his account to Belknap, he was continually dodging British Officers on the road I don’t think he was trying to warn them of anything. The next twist I suspect is Palin will say she was being metaphorical that the action itself was a warning to the British or perhaps that when he was captured by the British his admission of guilt was a PLANNED warning. Just wait for it, I guarantee it is coming!
This however is also not the end of the story Palin fans rushed to edit Wikipedia to rewrite history, seeking to turn Palin’s Gaffe into fact. (Wikipedia has since locked the page on Revere while things calm down.) There were over 70 edit attempts before Wikipedia locked the page.
About here I think we should end this story or risk looking as desperate to prove Palin an idiot as Palin supporters look in attempting to erase Palin’s gaffe.Sometimes it is best to say when you’re wrong you’re wrong and move on. Palin needs to learn a Gaffe ( An unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator ) can do more harm when not acknowledged then the actual gaffe itself.