President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to organise a large military parade in the nation's capital. The president made the request of top military chiefs in late January, after reportedly being impressed by a French Bastille Day parade last year. Democrats compared the plan to displays of military might organised by autocratic nations.
Military displays in Washington DC are usually only used to mark victory at the end of a war.
"The president made the request of top military chiefs in late January, after reportedly being impressed by a French Bastille Day parade last year."
After the tax cuts for the 1% he might want to reconsider emulating Bastille Day. He is totally clueless. Bastille Day celebrates the executions of the rich. Will the parade include guillotines?
"He is totally clueless. Bastille Day celebrates the executions of the rich.
No it doesn't. You should really fact check yourself before posting stuff like this.
"The French National Day commemorates the first anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France."
In case anybody cares.
Parade envy from Cadet Bone Spurs? How did he tear himself from the john or golf course long enough to think this up?
"No it doesn't. You should really fact check yourself before posting stuff like this."
"After the death of Louis XVI in 1793, the Reign of Terror began. The first victim was Marie Antoinette. She had been imprisoned with her children after she was separated from Louis. First they took her son Louis Charles from her (often called the lost dauphin, or Louis XVII). He disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Then she led off a parade of prominent and not-so-prominent citizens to their deaths. The guillotine, the new instrument of egalitarian justice, was put to work. Public executions were considered educational. Women were encouraged to sit and knit during trials and executions. The Revolutionary Tribunal ordered the execution of 2,400 people in Paris by July 1794. Across France 30,000 people lost their lives.
The Terror was designed to fight the enemies of the revolution, to prevent counter-revolution from gaining ground. Most of the people rounded up were not aristocrats, but ordinary people. A man (and his family) might go to the guillotine for saying something critical of the revolutionary government. If an informer happened to overhear, that was all the tribunal needed. Watch Committees around the nation were encouraged to arrest "suspected persons, ... those who, either by their conduct or their relationships, by their remarks or by their writing, are shown to be partisans of tyranny and federalism and enemies of liberty" (Law of Suspects, 1793). Civil liberties were suspended. The Convention ordered that "if material or moral proof exists, independently of the evidence of witnesses, the latter will not be heard, unless this formality should appear necessary, either to discover accomplices or for other important reasons concerning the public interest." The promises of the Declaration of the Rights of Man were forgotten. Terror was the order of the day. In the words of Maximilien Robespierre, "Softness to traitors will destroy us all."
"The promises of the Declaration of the Rights of Man were forgotten."
The Reign of Terror took place several years after the events of Bastille, and represented the exact opposite of the unity that the holiday commemorates.
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