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On July 4, remember: We are not French
by Ann Coulter
It has become fashionable to equate the French and American revolutions, but they share absolutely nothing beyond the word “revolution.” The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history.
The French Revolution was a revolt of the mob. It was the primogenitor of the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution, Hitler’s Nazi Party, Mao’s cultural revolution, Pol Pot’s slaughter, and America’s periodic mob uprisings from Shays’ rebellion to today’s dirty waifs in the “Occupy Wallstreet” crowd.
The French Revolution is the godless antithesis to the founding of America.
One rather important difference is that Americans did win freedom and greater individual rights with their revolution, creating a republic. France’s revolution consisted of pointless, bestial savagery, followed by another monarchy, followed by Napoleon’s dictatorship and then finally something resembling an actual republic 80 years later.
In recent weeks, evidently y’all decided I, and quite a few others, didn’t have enough ‘real friends’ on our lists, so y’all apparently added some folks who, by all indications, do not exist. There is no way to delete them from our lists, and it prevents us from adding people to our lists that would be OUR choices, not yours. Just a few examples:
I have no idea who these people are, or why they are on my list, but I would appreciate it, very much, if you would remove them. PRONTO! It seems there are at least 500 of these types that have been added to my ‘friends’. They are NOT my ‘friends’, I don’t want them as ‘friends’, and I want them to go away so I can actually add people who I would LIKE to be my ‘friend’.
American Individual and Patriot
I like the traditional version, but I don’t have a problem with the ‘individualism’. Well, except for that moron Roseanne Barr. Just don’t totally screw it up to where it’s unrecognizable. Sheesh!
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
235 years ago, a group of men, with the support of their wives, got together and decided enough was enough. They were being taxed beyond all reason, and abused by a government, ruled by a tyrant, who evidently felt he had a right to suck the life out of ‘subjects’. Here we are, once again, having the life sucked out of us, being treated like ‘subjects’ of another tyrant, paying for lavish trips, butt ugly clothes, and extravagant parties, all while said ‘subjects’ are doing without….without jobs, without means to pay their own bills, take care of their own families, losing their homes, and in some cases, their lives. Our liberty, hard fought and won, has been eroded to the point that it’s practically non existent.
Once again, we find ourselves facing a crossroads. Do we allow the destruction of the grand experiment of this Republic to fade into the pages of history, or do we stand up and fight to regain the GOD given rights of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’? At one time we had God’s Blessing…we were prosperous and free to pursue our own goals in life. I pray that, once again, our nation will turn it’s face BACK to God, that He may bless our future endeavors. For without Him, we will just be another footnote in the annals of history. It is our RIGHT….our DUTY….to return this nation to the original intent…. a REPUBLIC!
The Declaration of Independence was partly intended as a list of grievances against a distant monarch. And both George III and the colonists who disagreed with his rule are long dead. But so are many of those who’ve argued that the Declaration is obsolete. In fact, this is exactly what those who called themselves “progressives” were saying a century ago.
Woodrow Wilson, one of the most famous early progressives, argued during the 1912 presidential campaign that “all that Progressives ask or desire is permission…to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle,” meaning that it should promote an ever-expanding set of powers for an ever-expanding government. The problem, he declared, was that pesky Declaration of Independence: “Some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence,” he remarked. “The Declaration of Independence did not mention the questions of our day.”
But in fact the Declaration is more than a litany of complaints. Its greater meaning is as a statement of the conditions of legitimate political authority and the proper ends of government. It proclaimed that political rule would, from then on, reside in the sovereignty of the people. “If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence,” wrote the great historian Samuel Eliot Morrison, “it would have been worthwhile.”
The ringing phrases of the document’s famous second paragraph are a powerful synthesis of American constitutional and republican government theories. All men have a right to liberty as they are by nature equal, which is to say none are inherently superior and deserve to rule or inferior and deserve to be ruled.
Because all are endowed with these rights, the rights are unalienable, which means that they cannot be given up or taken away. And because individuals equally possess these rights, governments derive their just powers from the consent of those governed. Government’s purpose is to secure these fundamental rights and, although prudence tells us that governments should not be changed for trivial reasons, the people retain the right to alter or abolish government when it becomes destructive of these ends.