I was watching a documentary about the Napoleonic wars and the French Revolution when, following a segment on the Reign of Terror--Robespierre's attempt at "fundamentally changing" France--the thought occurred to me, I wonder if anyone has ever remarked on the similarity between the political agenda of the Jacobins following the French Revolution and what liberals push for today--what Karl Marx was peddling in the late 1800s?
Robespierre would fit into the Democrat Party of today quite as easily as Karl Marx would (as Van Jones and Barack Obama do).
He sought to use government to impose virtue from the top onto the people and preached that happiness could only be achieved by harnessing individual virtue to the power of the state and that the wealthy, the "higher classes," must be eliminated.
He pressed for central control of education and state support for the needy. He also pressed for government control of prices and markets and to place the economy under central control to assure "equality."
Under Robespierre (and Obama and the Democrats) liberty was no longer defined by the rights of the individual to own property, liberty was redefined as "collective liberty," the liberty of the Republic--the liberty of the collective of citizens rather than the individual citizen. As a corollary, this implied (later proved true) that the state was justified in the use of massive coercion to uphold that "liberty."
Like Obama and the Democrats, Robespierre and his Jacobins sought total government control--and later sought to arm, "enlighten," and then incite the "collective" to destroy the bourgeoisie.
"There must be one will the internal dangers come form the bourgeois. To defeat the bourgeois it is necessary to rally the people. They must be found arms, enlightened, and incited."I am reminded of one of Obama's earliest stated goals:
"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."The Jacobins under Robespierre sought to impose an entirely different culture. They arbitrarily changed everything they could like calenders (stripped of any religious influence and restructured into 10-day weeks, 12 new months) and the names of streets, town squares, and buildings. All customs were to be changed.
It was an attempt to "fundamentally change" the entire nation . . . or as Obama said on October 31, 2008, speaking at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri:
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”As for individual rights, Robespierre said:
"Revolutionary government has rules of it's own, resting upon the principles of justice and public order. It is not directed by individual feelings, but by the public interest. It has no room for anarchy and disorder. It's aim, on the contrary is to repress them."Those who opposed the revolution could be branded as traitors because France was at war and many were subsequently rounded up and introduced to "Madame Guillotine."
Obama has expressed his own disdain for the private individual and his belief that success comes from government assistance rather than from individual effort and that therefore the public interest involves the right and necessity of taxes on that private success story.
"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business—you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.I am forced to wonder if Obama and his Democrat Party will, with the assistance of his DHS "civilian national security force," the omnipresent NSA, and the now thoroughly discredited IRS will begin rounding up "the bourgeoisie" and "repress them."
Far from being "modern" or "progressive," Obama and the Democrat Party liberals have taken the long dead, failed ideals of Robespierre and his Jacobins. Karl Marx was just a plagiarizer . . . of bad ideas.
If you don't want Obamacare, don't worry, Harry Reid, Obama, and the Democrat Party will impose it upon you through the use of "massive coersion." Robespierre would be proud of them.
Who knew Democrats were so old fashioned?
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!