No, not the football team – the anniversary of Paul Revere’s ride to mobilize the militia against the British, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
By bypassing the mainstream media and taking the word directly to the people, Revere was in a sense the first conservative blogger; indeed, had his horse been named “Blog”, the metaphor would stand on its own.
Sadly, that is not the case.
However, a look through Massachusetts state archives reveals that, like a good conservative pundit in the public eye, Revere stirred up a firestom of controversy.
In the Bofton Ftar-Tribune, columnist Richelieu Sturdevaant wrote:
Patriots of olde have lamented to me that thif is a fad, far cry from the old days in Maffachufettes, where real patriots worked with the Britifh Government!
Zebulon Perry, writing the Maffachufsetf Monitor – a broadsheet funded by British parliamentarian and tax patriarch George Townsend, wrote:
Revere, who riddeth fourth against the lawful Brittifh taxes, is funded by the Sons of Liberty!
Hezekiel Martens, of Citizens for a British Massachusetts, noted:
The righte to keepe and bear armfe is clearly laid down in the Britifh Conftitutione to derive to the Militia, which is the Britifh Redcoatte. Mufkettes kill 1,000,000 Maffachufettef children a year.
Grace Kelleye, writing fo the broadsheet MassRed, wrote:
George Washington is the real fascist. We should all lay down on the roade in front of Mr. Revere.
Lord Jefferey Fleckey of Broadsheet of the Moderatte Royaliste simply wrote:
Revere if fo pwnn3edde
And Otis Coleman of the Ftrib wrote:
Fure, fit a ftupid overfexed filverfmith aftride a faft horfe, and fure, he’ll feel like a ftud. Fo what? He’fe no big cheefe. Af a feventh-grader fitting on my knapfack, sucking on a sucker, fifty yearf ago on the weft fide of Bofton, I faw that.
Happy Patriots Day!