The visiting Frenchman, Ernst D. de Hauranne, travelled only in the North for his eight months in America and was a strong supporter of the Northern invasion of the American South. Ironically, when confronted by a Radical lieutenant enraged at Americans resisting subjugation, the Frenchman could reel off the specifics of Lincoln’s destruction of liberty, and compared the despotic Northern government to the worst aspects of the French Revolution.
Bernhard Thuersam, www.Circa1865.org
European Jacobin Views of a Massachusetts Whig
[Diary Entry] June 28, 1864
“Here I found my first expert on American politics, Lieutenant C. He is not only a Republican, he is a Radical, and we have already crossed swords several times. Like all Americans, he pushes adulation of his country well beyond the limits of politeness and acceptability. Democracy is his oracle, his god, and he will never agree that it may not be the same thing as liberty.
If I reply that even the will of the people should have its limits, and that if it exercises in America the absolute reign that he talks about, it is more likely to pave the way to tyranny than to preserve liberty, he answers brusquely that I am French, that I don’t understand anything about freedom and that I have no right to judge his country. “Europeans,” he told me, “are born slaves. They always have been and they always will be. Only America knows what freedom is.”
“Oh,” I replied, “get off your high horse. There are many darks spots on your wonderful picture of American freedom.” Thereupon I ticked off for him the suspension of habeas corpus, the violation of the freedom of the press, the transfer of jurisdiction over many cases from civil to military courts, secret arrests, arbitrary imprisonments and all the other abuses of power that are the sad accompaniments of the Civil War. I asked him if that was what he called freedom.
“It is freedom if we have willed it. Mr. Seward boasts that he needs only ring his little bell to have absolutely anyone put in prison. That is true, but behind him are the American people who direct him. Let him strike down the rebels and traitors . . . We want martial law, do you understand? We want it, and that’s why we are still free.
“[I replied] Revolutionary power is a seed of dictatorship. Watch out that the seed doesn’t take root. You refuse to see the danger; the freedom of your neighbor means little to you! This is the way to lose your own freedom and to rush headlong into despotism one of these days. [Let’s] get to the bottom of it. I know your theories. We practiced them under the [French revolutionary] National Convention. You think you’ve discovered a new idea, but all you do is recite the sophistries of the Committee of Public Safety.”
Are these not strange opinions in the mouth of an American, notions that would fit better with the outlook of a European Jacobin or a Massachusetts Whig? We think the Americans are madly in love with their individual freedom, yet there is a school of thought which springs up to repudiate it in the name of public safety, which views freedom as submission to the multitude. Love of freedom, like all human passions, falls asleep when it is not contested.”
(A Frenchman in Lincoln’s America, Ernst D. de Hauranne, Donnelly & Sons, 1974, Volume I, pp. 67-70)
Reading an anti-gun rant in the Los Angeles Times is hardly a surprise or news. Therefore, when I read a recent Opinion piece (Op-Ed) bashing Glocks,
I hardly raised an eyebrow. However, I almost lost my lunch over the
babble and bias when I read the footer and realized this article was
from the editor of Bearing Arms, Bob Owens. I quickly raced back to the
top to read and confirm the author. Sue enough, the by line matched the
an editor, I have heard more than one writer claim a text edit changed
the meaning of a term. Fair enough. However, this is not the case with
Owens’ “Why the Police Shouldn’t Use Glocks” article. Even the title is
deceptive, because the whole article reads like an indictment on guns.
Should anyone be naive enough to inquire of our federal government if
there are any Muslim terrorists in Mexico, close to the US border they
would be informed that such people do not exist.
There are no Muslim
terrorists any closer to our Southern border than the remote regions of
Argentina or Chile, and anyway, everybody knows that the average
American is much more dangerous than any Muslim terrorist could ever be.
The world at large will not be safe until all Americans are stripped of
their Second Amendment rights so whoever decides he wants to cross our
Southern border can do so without the risk of being shot. That seems to
be the position of the feds, although they don’t quite phrase it that
way. The federal idea of protecting American citizens in the Southern
reaches of their own country is to put up signs warning them to beware
of smugglers at the border. As for trying to keep the smugglers
In a speech at Tuskegee University, an institute of higher learning
in which white people are “not allowed on the bus,” First Domestic
Partner Michelle Obama gave the school’s commencement address with
instructions to the future agitators of America to – what else? Go forth
Her mission is an extension of that of Hussein Obama, to foment
unrest and destabilize America. Her message was clear, “whatever is
wrong with your life is America and the white man’s fault, and whitey
the daily persecution inflicted upon her fellow victims at the hands of
the plantation owner class as including police discrimination, the
“nagging worries that you’re going to get stopped or pulled over for
absolutely no reason.”
Vilifying the police is a job for the whole family at the Obama
house. They’re not her type of Americans. They’re much too productive,
too committed to the Constitution and of too strong a moral character
for the Mooch and company. Give her some foul-mouthed parasitic
anarchist street rats any day.
Mississippi’s governor says his state is in “mourning” Sunday after
the shooting deaths of two police officers Saturday night during a
traffic stop in Hattiesburg.
Officer Benjamin Deen, 34, had stopped a 2000 Gold Cadillac Escalade
in an industrial part of the city at around 8:30 p.m. local time
Saturday, said Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department
of Public Safety. Officer Liquori Tate, 25, arrived afterward to assist
him, shots were fired, and both officers were wounded.
Strain said both officers died of their injuries at a hospital. The
officers’ deaths are reportedly the first for the Hattiesburg police
force in 30 years.
Imagine if Republicans could force Obama to rescind his executive
amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Or repeal the mandate to buy health
insurance that lies at the core of ObamaCare. Or revoke the EPA
regulations that are increasingly embracing all aspects of American life
in the name of stopping climate change…
All this would be possible if the Republicans dug in their heels and
refused to grant Obama fast-track authority to get ratification of
Instead, Republicans are falling all over themselves to give Obama
more power and to curtail Congressional checks and balances. Even as
Obama seizes power by unprecedented use of executive authority,
Republicans in both houses are trying to give him more.