When a new member complained that some thought he was a liberal, one of our members proudly proclaimed: Welcome from a real liberal. The beauty of USMB is how proudly most of the folks here speak right up for their beliefs! 1. So, kudos to our liberals friends, and have a wonderful July 14th, Bastille Day, the day that memorializes the French Revolution, and, since liberals/ progressives are heir to the French Revolution, have a great celebration! 2. Yes, just as an argument can be made that classical liberals, or what would be called conservatives today, are heir to the American Revolution, liberals can trace their provenance to Rousseau, and St. Just! 3. For Rousseau, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen proclaimed that the general will of the people had to be correct, because it was the general will, the true interest of what everyone wants whether they realize it or not, and he determined the general will, so, anyone who deviated from same deserved no rights! a. Although he had written a constitution, it became malleable for Robespierre: How did Robespierre actually interpret these principles? He said: [W]e must exterminate all our enemies with the law in our hands; the Declaration of Rights offers no safeguard to conspirators; the suspicions of enlightened patriotism might offer a better guide than formal rules of evidence. http://www.nationalaffairs.com/docl...hvsthefrenchenlightmentgertrudehimmelfarb.pdf, Notice the echo in the actions of the early Progressives who suggested that the US Constitution may be shed, like a garment. Their views surpassed those of the Founders. http://www.nationalaffairs.com/docl...hvsthefrenchenlightmentgertrudehimmelfarb.pdf Could there be a better description of the collectivist totalitarian statist? 4. Of course, a minor difference that the astute might notice is that Americas documents did win freedom and individual rights, and Frances Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen led to bestial savagery, followed by Napoleons dictatorship, followed by another monarchy, and finally something resembling an actual republic some 80 years later. 5. And just one more difference between the two revolution, mirroring the difference between liberals and conservatives? With the Jacobins in control, the de-Christianization campaign kicked into high gear. Inspired by Rousseaus idea of the 'religion civile', the revolution sought to completely destroy Christianity and replace it with a religion of the state. To honor reason and fulfill the promise of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen that no one may be questioned about his opinions, including his religious views, Catholic priests were forced to stand before the revolutionary clubs and take oaths to Frances new humanocentric religion, the Cult of Reason (which is French for People for the American Way).Revolutionaries smashed church art and statues. a. The reason our revolution was so different from the violent, homicidal chaos of the French version was the dominant American culture was Anglo-Saxon and Christian. 52 of the 56 signers of the declaration and 50 to 52 of the 55 signers of the Constitution were orthodox Trinitarian Christians. David Limbaugh Believers in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, or, as they would be known today, an extremist Fundementalist hate group. (From Coulters best seller, Demonic .) So, to those of the Liberal persuasion, party like its 1789! But remember, the party will be over in November, 2012.