When is a duck, a duck?
A rioter in Portland called the insurrection a civil war, is it?
After declaring secession, on December 20, 1861, South Carolina demanded that the US abandon federal facilities in Charleston harbor. On December 26, the US Army moved a small command to Fort Sumter.
At 4:30 in the morning of April 12, 1861 the South Carolina militia started bombarding Ft. Sumter. The US Army contingent returned fire but after two days of battle they surrendered to the rebels. The civil war had started.
By the summer of 1789, a nationwide famine had hit France, the effect of widespread crop failures in 1788. Bread prices rose to unprecedented levels. Unemployment was likewise a problem, which the populace blamed in part on free trade with Britain.
Bernard-René Jordan de Launay, the military governor of the Bastille, at dawn on July 14 faced a mob armed with muskets, swords and various weapons. At the time of the siege, Bastille, which was scheduled for demolition, was down to seven prisoners: four accused of forgery, two considered “lunatics” and one kept in custody at the request of his own family
Upon receiving a demand to surrender, de Launeay invited revolutionary delegates inside to negotiate. As the talks dragged on, the people outside grew restless. After skirmishes broke out, de Launay, who lacked adequate provisions for a long-term siege, waved the white flag of surrender.
Taken prisoner, he was marched to city hall, where the bloodthirsty crowd murdered him before cutting off his head, displaying it on a pike and parading it around the city. Other royalist soldiers were also butchered, foreshadowing the terrifying bloodshed that would become the French Revolution.
During the succeeding 10 years of the French Revolution one layer of Jacobin leaders after another were marched to the invention of Joseph Guilontin when they were not considered radical enough.
A plague originating in China is transported to the United States. Frightened powers-that-be, most all of whom are safe working from home with little or no dent in their income, lockdown the country. Primarily blue-collar workers are left with handouts from the government, or insurance as they are not considered essential. Frustrations mount at what becomes a virtual house arrest.
Outrage at the egregious murder of one black man, only one of hundreds murdered in cities monthly, fills the streets. Some demonstrations turn violent. “Give them their way and it will soon die down” believe politicians sympathetic to or afraid of the mob in cities. The tactic only fuels their demands and boldness.
Hundreds of businesses are destroyed, primarily in employment and shopping areas of disadvantaged people, while police are ordered to stand down. Contrary to democratic ideals, without a vote of the people or elected representatives, public buildings are ransacked, and public statues destroyed at the impulse of the mob.
Federal authorities are summoned to protect a federal courthouse as the army was sent to protect a federal fort 159 years earlier. “Illegal, storm troopers, gestapo” the protectors of federal property are called by a politician who joined the mob only to be shouted down when he was not radical enough. As was the Chicago mayor’s residence protested when she took a break from throwing insults and had the audacity to take the president’s call.
When will liberal politicians realize that they, like Jacobin leaders in France, will be burned by the fire they ignited?
The question is: Is 2020 more like 1861 or 1789?
1861- primarily privileged people, but rightly or wrongly went through channels—legislative vote, major domestic support.
1789- strictly mob mentality, hungry, nothing to lose, led by Jacobian ideologs
2020- some from lower economic strata although better off than the poor any
where/any time in history; some young people, primarily from wealthy families, bored with life; others and leaders Marxist ideologs.
1861- elected leaders, population followed leaders, did not repudiate leadership for more radical ideas.
1789- One level of Jacobin layer after another disposed of as not radical enough.
2020- Left-wing leaders vilified for inadequate concessions as Marxist demands accelerate.
1861- Irritation at North’s tariffs, but no major economic calamity, primarily fear of what would happen under Lincoln.
1789- Near famine caused by crop failure.
2020- Virus epidemic real, but hyped for political gain followed by a draconian lockdown
1861- confederacy’s one demand remained the same- succession and thus the immoral preservation of slavery.
1789- The revolutionaries’ demands were not spelled out and changed with the wind.
2020- Can anyone today articulate what will satisfy the mob, another Venezuelan experiment?
1861- The confederacy’s laws, unjust as they were, were respected and enforced.
1789- The operable law changed at the whim of the mob but was brutally applied.
2020- Does anyone believe the mob’s desire for no police; it is about thugs enforcing their edicts.
1861- No confederate war on religion.
1789- In one instance 200 members of the clergy were massacred for refusing to take an oath to the new government.
2020-Leftist leaders deny or limit church gatherings, while mob gatherings are given a pass. Mobs desecrate and burn churches.
Have a fulfilling and profitable day,
W C (Bill) Augustine
author of “For the Common Good” and “Atlas Rising”