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On July 4, Remember: We Are Not French

Caravaggio Wrote: Jul 06, 2012 11:28 AM
"So ask the travelled inhabitant of any nation, In what country on earth would you rather live? &—Certainly in my own, where are all my friends, my relations, and the earliest & sweetest affections and recollections of my life. Which would be your second choice? France." - Thomas Jefferson, "Autobiography"

This column is adapted from “Demonic:How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.”

It has become fashionable to equate the French and American revolutions, but they share absolutely nothing beyond the word “revolution.” The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history.

The French Revolution was a revolt of the mob. It was the primogenitor of the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution, Hitler’s Nazi Party, Mao’s cultural revolution, Pol Pot’s slaughter, and America’s periodic mob uprisings from Shays’...