Monday, July 26, 2004

Pretending he hasn't been trying to undermine the Democratic National Convention for much of the past months, Willard Mitt recently "wrote" a 'welcome to Massachusetts' op-ed titled "Our Democracy's Deep Roots Here" which ran in Saturday's Boston Globe.

The piece, which was purportedly aimed at incoming conventioneers, included this whopper:

"I'm proud of Massachusetts and happy to show it off to delegates. Our American democracy has deep roots here.

"It was in a spot roughly 30 miles south of Boston, 384 years ago, that a small group of Pilgrims - even before setting foot on dry land - signed the Mayflower Compact, creating their own government." (source: Boston Globe, 7/24/2004)

Let's run that again in slow motion.

"It was in a spot roughly 30 miles south of Boston ... that a small group of Pilgrims ... signed the Mayflower Compact."

Yikes. If Samuel Eliot Morison were alive today, he'd wish he had been buried with a cell phone so he could call an editor, because as his masterful "Oxford History of the American People" clearly shows, the Mayflower Compact was signed in what is today Provincetown Harbor. (source: Oxford History of the American People, Oxford Univ Press, NY, 1965, page 55)

Had it been signed 30 miles south of Boston it would today be known as the Attleboro Compact, or the Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park Compact.

Provincetown, on the other hand, is sixty or so miles due east of Boston.

So is this just another way for Romney to slap P-Town upside its collective head?

Or did the Fraud Governor truly not know where the Mayflower Compact, one of the most important documents in the history of the nation, was signed?

Only his ghost-writer knows for sure.


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