29 December 2008

Fifth Day of Christmas, Part Deux

Regarding the program on the French Revlution Agnes and I watched on the History Channel, I made an interesting observation for our time.

When the Revolution began, Robespierre sought to eradicate Royalty and Religion, especially the Catholic Church, from France, with the premise that these things were oppressive and enslaving to the people of France, and based on superstitious nonsense.

That sounds eerily similar to the arguments made by the elites today, especially the pro-abortion crowd. And lest we forget Obama's words about those of us who "cling to religion and guns."

Robespierre and his henchmen sent thousands of men, women and children to the guillotine before the Terror was finished, all in the name of preserving the new France.

Ironically, it was Robespierre's own arrogance that brought him to the same fate he had inflicted on countless victims. As he became more and more fanatical, it became clear that his desire to rid France of the Monarchy and the Church was based not on the "oppressiveness" of the institutions themselves, but on the fact that Robespierre actually thought he was God.

However else the French may have felt about the Revolution, they did not tolerate Robespierre's desire to be the new God. Beig the coward that he was, Robespierre even tried to escaape the same fate as his victims by shooting himself. The wound wasn't fatal, but the guillotine was.

Today, history does not judge him favorably, and if Obama isn't careful, history will not be kind to him, either

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