March 3, 2006

The Unhinged Liberals of Idaho: Tonight, We’re Gonna Party Like Its 1789

Posted by Adam Graham in : Idaho Conservative, The

Over at 43rd State Blues, Serephin listed her quote of the week from a Firedoglake commenter:

Jeezus! With every passing day the French Revolution seems more and more reasonable.

Now, many of you don’t know what the commenter (who bravely maintains his anonymity) was saying, but its vitally important to understand the nature of the French Revolution. What did it do? In 1789, proclaiming liberty, fraternity, and equality, led by well-meaning liberals, Revolution was declared. The Revolution brought Napoleon to Power in a Decade. So, you see how it seems reasonable?

Of course, they came to power making great swelling promises of liberty, fraternity, and equality. They had a well-intended human rights plan. Of course, they went ahead and declared war on religious faith:

Of gravest consequence were the Assembly’s antireligious measures. Church lands were nationalized (1789), religious orders suppressed (1790), and the clergy required (July, 1790) to swear to adhere to the state-controlled Civil Constitution of the Clergy.

I guess to the liberals that would make sense. Of course, there was a second Revolution and we got a guy in office named Robespierre who in 1793 started The Reign of Terror:

Reign of Terror lasted from September 1793 until the fall of Robespierre in 1794. Its purpose was to purge France of enemies of the Revolution and protect the country from foreign invaders. From January 1793-July 1794, France was governed by the Committee of Public Safety, in which Danton and Robespierre were influential members. In the course of nine months, 16, 000 people were guillotined, but executions of those labeled “internal enemies” of France took place throughout the country.

It got so bad that Thomas Paine, the deist who later wrote “The Age of Reason” which challenged the divinity of Christ was imprisoned during this time by the French revolutionaries he came to help.

So, lets summarize, what this comment was saying, “Every day, the idea of repressing religion through law and rounding up your opponents and executing them sounds more and more reasonable.” This ends up listed by a 43rd State Blues diarist as “the quote of the week.” Quotes of the week are generally used when:

1) You strongly agree with the quote.
2) You think the quote is stupid.

The second is clearly not the case. Of course, some may say that they simply don’t know their history. So, the excuse then would be that liberals are stupid, but I’m not buying that for its far too simplistic.

As I perused the thread on Fire Dog lake, I saw no one who said, “Whoa, Mister, you’ve taken that a step too far.” Imagine the outrage if on a thread discussing a liberal Jew, someone on a Conservative blog said, “With every passing day, the Holacaust seems more and more reasonable.” There’d be a firestorm from the moderator and the Conservatives condemning. Talking about a Revolution where the result was thousands of bodies piled upon each other as a reasonable idea gets no condemnation.

In the end, it does serve as a reminder. Modern day liberalism is just a continuation of the French Revolution. The French Revolution promised liberty, yet it brought only subjugation to the almighty state. It promised fraternity, yet turned citizens upon each other in murderous rampages. It promised equality, but like animal farm, we found out that some animals are far more equal than others. It promised peace, but brought only an ocean of blood.

These are the stakes of our political debates. Don’t fool yourself, the French Revolution continues to this day. The players may have changed, but the game plan’s still the same.

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  1. Comment by Rhymes With Right [Visitor]

    Seems to me that these would-be Jacobins relish the thought of behaving like the French revolutionaries did from Day 1 of the French Revolution — parading around the strets of major cities with the severed heads of political opponents on a pike

  2. Comment by Adam Graham [Member]

    No doubt.

  3. Comment by Rymond B [Visitor]

    There is wide debate about your very topic on the French Revolution. Yours is an interesting viewpoint.
    Raymond B

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