I have been watching the news, and reading Thomas Paine’s ‘Rights of Man’ (which likely explains why I am not sleeping at night), and I was struck by the similarity to what is happening now and what happened then.
David Axelrod stated the protesters are wrong, no ambiguity, no parsing of words or meaning, a simple straightforward statement (possibly the only one in modern history to come from the Whitehouse). That the statement was also dismissive of the tens of thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of protesters on the Mall and the potentially millions at home, did not seem to concern the Administration in the least. Mr. Obama left Washington ahead of the protest (could he be afraid of the American people?), claiming he did not know about it. That in itself should concern the electorate, even hermits in their caves knew about the September 12 protest march on Washington. This dismissive attitude would be right in step with the court of George the Third or Louis XVI. I am left to ponder is this simply arrogance or is there a planned agenda, and this Administration feels they can not be stopped or even slowed on their march to a Socialist America?
However, I digress… the piece that started this meandrous rant is far more lucid and concise. Paine, in speaking about the cause of the French Revolution says, “It was not against Louis XVI, but against the despotic principles of the government, that the Nation revolted. These principles had not there origin in him, but in the original establishment, many centuries back; and they were become too deeply rooted to be removed, and the Augean stable of parasites and plunders too abdominally filthy to be cleansed, by anything short of a complete and universal Revolution. When it becomes necessary to do a thing, the whole heart and soul should go into the measure, or not attempt it. That crisis was then arrived, and there remained no choice but to act with determined vigor, or not to act at all.”
Let us (collectively, both Left and Right) pray we do not see history repeat itself. If this Administration continues to treat the voters in such a dismissive and minimizing manner, in our lifetimes we may experience “The best of times and the worst of times”. Madame is only resting and the fires merely banked. Washington must start listening to the people or we will repeat the revolutions of the past, time is running out…