Thursday, July 14, marked the anniversary of the French Revolution. Unlike the American Revolution, which was mostly a civil war fought over the despotic rule of King George III, who overtaxed the colonies and refused to consider their grievances, the French Revolution changed the nation’s social order. Following the French Revolution, the days of the week were all designated the same, people were referred to by the same name, and the motto “Egalite, Equalite, Fraternite” was taken to the extreme. Indeed, for the entire structure of French society was homogenized.
What marked the French Revolution was not only this, however. It was brutal, as nobles and other collaborators to the king and queen were carried away and summarily executed “French-style,” by guillotine. The French people “cleaned house” and ridded themselves of the perpetrators of social and economic injustice.
This week in Washington, D.C. – when, even at the 11th hour before our country goes into financial default, both Democrats and Republicans continued to play political games with the budget/debt crisis and the nation’s future without finding a solution – we have again witnessed the seeds for a second American revolution. And, while I do not condone violence and seek to avert it, the conduct of our public officials – who believe and act as if they are nobility unaccountable to the people – may in the end be in for revolution, French-style. Our first revolution, beginning in 1776, will look like a warm-up act.
If the country slides into deep economic depression as a result of it massive debt and perhaps a catastrophe in the oil-dependent Middle East, the irony is that we will see the masses – color them white, black, tan or yellow – all finally come together in “Egalite, Equalite and Fraternite,” as one, to dismantle the foundations of our society. There may not be guillotines, but there will be riots in the streets coupled with widespread violence and death. The American people are coming quickly to understand that the “mignons” of government are not only in it for themselves, but as the French say, full of “merde.” The likes of Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell and Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor are birds of an establishment feather. The continued existence of our nation is not a partisan political issue at this point. It’s a question of survival – and if the people feel threatened and then sink into deep economic distress, they will take matters into their own hands.
I pray to God Almighty that this is not in our future. But, I have that sinking uneasy feeling watching our nation’s so-called leaders play games as Rome burns.
There can be no doubt that if things continue as they have for the last 18 years under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and now Barack Hussein Obama, the roof will blow off of our republic. When people feel hopeless, they will take extreme measures, even if these measures prove self-destructive.
No one doubts that the United States, as a result of poor and dishonest leadership and the breakdown of social mores, is in a state of rapid decline. If things continue as they are, we will lose our role as the only superpower on earth in less than five years. China is poised to take the lead and bury us under its brand of communism. And in 10-20 years, there may no longer be a United States.
I am writing this not to threaten anyone, but simply to sound a wake-up call. For if the establishment fails to take into account the needs of the people, the people will do it for them. And, first on the list will be to rid the nation of the political vermin who have infested the nation’s capital.
The French helped us win our first revolution. Now their revolution may set an example for our second revolution.