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Are We Headed for a Repeat of the French Revolution?

September 23rd, 2012

When you look at the in-fighting, the protesting, and the economic climate of America today, you can’t help but be reminded of what was going on in France just prior to the French Revolution.

Let’s rewind to the late 1700’s…

France’s national debt was out of control.  Unemployment was very high.  People in lower classes hated the upper-class citizens — not just the royal ones, but even professional people, because they felt like the professional citizens were taking advantage of them.  And, despite all of the taxes people were paying, France’s economy was wreck.

Sound familiar?

Eventually, people were so angry that they stormed the Bastille prison.  Just like that, the French Revolution had officially begun.

While Bastille Day is celebrated today, the overturn of the prison led to some long-term negative effects.  Once the French Revolution began, the country was full of civil disobedience.  In order to combat it, French leaders decided to create a stricter government.  Soon, they decided that man’s rights were not God-given.  Instead, any rights people had came directly from the government.

As a result, the government started erasing religious freedom.  Churches were seized, and priests were required to take a special oath to the government.  The ones who didn’t were jailed.

A few years later, Napoleon seized on the chaos and took over.  Unfortunately, he was a dictator who caused even more serious problems for the French people.

What do you think?  Is it possible for America to go through a similar revolution?


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