21 February 2012

Blame It On The French Revolution

What "progressive" historians miss and why they are usually wrong. 

The left has had "its center of gravity in social issues" since the French Revolution, he says. "Yes, the left at that time, with people like Robespierre, was interested in overthrowing the monarchy and the French aristocracy. But they were even more vehemently in favor of bringing down institutions like the family and organized religion. In that regard, the left has never changed. . . . I think we've had a good illustration of it in the last month or so." [Emphasis mine.]
And . . . 

The roots of social conservatism, he maintains, lie in the American Revolution. "Nature's God is the only authority cited in the Declaration of Independence. . . . The usual [assumption] is, the U.S. has social conservatism because it's more religious. . . . My feeling is that the very founding of the country is the natural law, which is God-given, but it isn't particular to any one religion. . . . If you believe that rights are unalienable and that they come from God, the odds are that you're a social conservative."

And the left is in bed with academia. Call it a "straw man" all you want. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts." More to come on that soon.

You can read more about his issue here at the Wall Street Journal.


Brock Townsend said...

Bastiat for President!:) Posted.

Linda said...

Oh my gosh- you are sooo right! And if we don't get Obama out, we are going the way of the French Revolution- don't you think? I found a great story on the French Revolution that is an eye opener to what happens when extremism attacks religion. And it could be coming down the pike for the U.S. as well! http://www.examiner.com/catholic-in-hartford/catholic-religious-liberty-subject-of-family-film

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hi Linda. The soft tyranny we are now experiencing, i.e. - federal lunch box inspectors - can, rather quickly, descend into something far more sinister. We are headed that way. Obama's not solely to blame. Most Democrat politicians, Marxists, and socialists want to sprint there - most Republican politicians seem to be ok with a leisurely stroll in the same direction.

Brock Townsend said...

Ron Paul!:)