- Posted December 1, 2010 by
Watertown, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- "America is Spreading Peace and Prosperity Across the World", Says Obama. Really?
- The US is Still 'Number One' -- But in What?
- Corporations Should Be Made to "Pee in a Cup" to See If Their Workers Get Public Assistance
- Does Anyone Remember What a "Mom and Pop" Business Was? Reasons to Shop Local
- US Police Killed 77 People in September-840 in 2014
A Tale of Two Cities- GOP says, "Let Them Eat Cake"
"Let them eat cake" is the traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the peasants had no bread.
As brioche is a luxury bread enriched with eggs and butter, it would reflect the princess's obliviousness to the nature of a famine."
History has a way of repeating itself. Again, the Aristocrats believe there is cake to eat as they slash unemployment benefits.
"A Tale of Two Cities" (1859) is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution.
"The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.
The GOP in Washington, DC is no longer in touch with the people of the United States.
It has again become necessary to change our government. This time the revolt will not come from the Tea Party and the Right, but from the Liberal base whom understand freedom perfectly.
The French Revolution was a dark time in France's History. That time gave way to increased freedom and more equitable distribution of the country's prosperity.
The French Revolution (1789–1799) was a period of radical social and political upheaval in French and European history.
The absolute monarchy that had ruled France for centuries collapsed in three years.
French society underwent an epic transformation as feudal, aristocratic and religious privileges evaporated under a sustained assault from liberal political groups and the masses on the streets.
Old ideas about hierarchy and tradition succumbed to new Enlightenment principles of citizenship and inalienable rights.
Adherents of most historical models identify many of the same features of the Ancien Régime as being among the causes of the Revolution.
Economic factors included hunger and malnutrition in the most destitute segments of the population, due to rising bread prices after several years of poor grain harvests.
The combination of bad harvests and rising food prices was further aggravated by an inadequate transportation system contributing greatly to the destabilization of French society in the years leading up to the Revolution.
Another cause may have been France's near bankruptcy as a result of the many wars fought by previous rulers, as well as the financial strain caused by French participation in the American Revolutionary War.
The social burdens caused by war included the huge war debt, made worse by the loss of France's colonial possessions in North America and the growing commercial dominance of Great Britain.( China for the U.S.)
France's inefficient and antiquated financial system was unable to manage the national debt, something which was both partially caused and exacerbated by the burden of an inadequate system of taxation.
To obtain new money to head off default on the government's loans, the king called an Assembly of Notables in 1787.
Meanwhile the royal court at Versailles was perceived by many as being isolated from, and indifferent to the hardships of the lower classes.
While in theory King Louis XVI was an absolute monarch, in practice he was often indecisive and known to back down when faced with strong opposition.
While he did reduce government expenditures, opponents in the parliaments successfully thwarted his attempts at enacting much needed reforms. (Obama and the GOP)
Those who were opposed to Louis' policies further undermined royal authority by distributing pamphlets (often reporting false or exaggerated information) that criticized the government and its officials, stirring up public opinion against the monarchy.
The TEA Party, that now has taken over the U.S. House and threatens to purify the Congress will meet with the fierce opposition of the Liberals in this country. It's coming and soon.