This obscure French pamphlet from 1850 predicted todays America
1. It started with “hope and change” ”While society is struggling toward liberty, these famous men who put themselves at its head are filled with the spirit of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
They think only of subjecting mankind to the philanthropic tyranny of their own social inventions. Like Rousseau, they desire to force mankind docilely to bear this yoke of the public welfare that they have dreamed up in their own imaginations…
Republic or Empire? ~ “Though settled by European kingdoms seeking empires, the United States wasn’t founded to become an empire. Individuals fought against the empire building tyrants until their determination and resolve won independence against all odds. “
…..History tells us that Imperial Republics fall. We have the examples of Athens and all the other grasping Greek republics that followed her. We have Rome the example always deferred to of a republic that allowed an empire to stifle freedom.
The list however does not end there, we can look at Venice and the various republics of Renaissance Italy, and of course the First Republic of France which was birthed in blood and died in fire. The siren song of empire has seduced republics down through history to trade in their freedom for power which eventually cost them both their freedom and the power.
It is time to re-think America’s international military commitments.
Though settled by European kingdoms seeking empires, the United States wasn’t founded to become an empire. Individuals fought against the empire building tyrants until their determination and resolve won independence against all odds. Then, although the world was filled with despotic kings, our Framers gave us a Republic.
However, it is worth remembering the exchange that took place between Ben Franklin, the elder statesman of the Constitutional Convention, and an unknown woman. As he left Independence Hall he was asked, “Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy?”
Today’s Toons 3/1/13
The Right Reasons ^ | 3/1/13 | pookie18
Posted on Friday, March 01, 2013 6:10:46 AM by pookie18
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THE BATTLE OF ATHENS(Tennessee) [Would FReepers take up arms in the name of Liberty as they did?] | AMERICAN BLOGGER: GUNNY.G ~ WEBLOG.EMAIL
[Snip]…There was a group of lesser-known Tennessee Patriots, however, whose efforts to defend Liberty at home in 1946 were no less noble.
That fight became known as the Battle of Athens…..
The Battle of Athens, Tennessee 1946
YouTube ^ | 12/31/2012 | History
Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012 9:36:54 AM by Bloody Sam Roberts
GUNNY G: DEMOCRACY VS. REPUBLIC: ANOTHER VALID VIEW…
The Ruling Faction of America’s Revolutionaries was thoroughly Anti-Democratic.
…..For Americans, there is still one more conceptual barrier to acceptance of genuine democracy. Some founding fathers were genuine democrats, but the winning faction falsely (and self-servingly) equated democracy with mob rule.
Americans are taught to admire the revolutionary founders of their republic. Americans are not, however, often reminded how averse some of these founders were to the Bill of Rights, how they proceeded to betray their countrymen by establishing the Rothschild-controlled First Bank of the United States.
Most of us have forgotten, or never knew how brutally suppressed popular uprisings, and how close they came, during the Adams presidency, to establishing a dictatorship.