America Appears Like France Just Prior to the French Revolution


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." So begins the famous work of Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, a vivid historical novel describing that notorious reign of terror known as the French Revolution.

I've been reading a truly chilling book on the French Revolution. It describes in ghastly narrative the enormous evil done in that blood bath. As I have been thinking about why that horror took place, it appears to me to be rooted in a confusion and disagreement about the origin of law; where does law come from? I got to thinking about what people believe today regarding the origin of law, and I found that, today, there are three groupings in America that resemble what the French believed during their ungodly revolution.

First, although perhaps less obvious, are the Monarchist. Those are the people who believe in a new version of the divine right of kings. The resident in the White House believes this view. He says, "I have a pen and I have a telephone." Stating plainly that he is above any law that exists on paper anywhere. In his benighted mind he is the law. Whatever he says law is, that is the law. He not only claims it, but has and continues to act on the belief that his will is the law. Sadly, he is not alone. Thousands across this land are also Monarchists at heart, believing that whatever that man says law is law, is the law.

The second more obvious group in America is the Advocates of Democracy. They proclaim that law comes from the will of the 51% of the populace who vote. We are told from every source that we are a Democracy; it is relentlessly hammered into every person in this land from the moment of birth. The lie has been so successful that an overwhelming majority believes the lie and is amazed when we teach what the Founders said about the dangers of what they called mobocracy. Mobocracy is nothing more than the law determined by a godless rabble of thieves, murderers and brigands. Our Founders' warnings were clearly illuminated by the fires and blood of the French Revolution.

The third, the greatest concern in our day, is what is clearly emerging in our land, which is the police state. Those who believe that whatever the police state says law is, then that is the law. If they say the 4th Amendment doesn't matter any longer, so they can continue to spy on every American, then that is the law, regardless of what any other authority might say. As police academies across our land produce newly minted shock troops, our land comes closer and closer to descending into a reign of terror. The apparatus includes agencies such as the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security and the NSA. The power of the apparatus of this police state is palpable.

Perhaps you saw the news earlier this month from Maryland. "Eight Republicans in the Maryland House of Delegates introduced the 'Fourth Amendment Protection Act,' which would deny the NSA 'material support, participation or assistance in any form' from the state, its political subdivisions or companies with state contracts, US News reported.

The bill would deprive NSA's headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md., water and electricity carried over public utilities, prohibit the use of evidence gathered by the agency in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research, according to the report."

These legislators were attempting to follow their oath of office. Then very quietly last week that group of eight withdrew the bill from consideration. I wonder what the police state apparatus said or did to the eight that persuaded every last one of them to withdraw that bill?

Friends, we know that real law does not come from the three mentioned above. Rather, real law comes from God, and to pay the price for the violations of His Law, the Lord Jesus Christ took our sins upon His body on that tree. His suffering, His bloodshed paid the full penalty for our sins – the violations of His Law.

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About David Whitney
Rev. David Whitney has been teaching the Christian heritage and history of our country with Institute on the Constitution for over a decade where he serves as Senior Instructor, and Radio show host on Dr. Stan Monteith’s Radio Liberty. David is an Honors Scholar graduate from Rutgers University with a Masters Degree from Denver Seminary. A minister for 32 years he is currently the Pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Pasadena, Maryland. As an member of Clergy, Activist and Radio personality David has appeared in Washington Times, on Voice of America, Fox, ABC, NBC, CSPAN, BBC, and more…
  • Dissenter13a

    Since JD's post was not approved--and I don't know why--here is my response.

    You are the victim of relentless right-wing propaganda, John. In point of fact, the Framers thought that the winner-take-all society you advocate was a bad idea, http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/02/07/why-thomas-jefferson-favored-profit-sharing.html (quotations). Alexander Hamilton created a protectionist trade policy, which we followed for almost two centuries.

    JD: "the government here has contributed to the perception of income inequality by making highly productive, entrepreneurial people villains because they are successful.

    Truth be told, we aren't taxing them enough, and that is why income inequality is as obvious as it really is. You should move to Russia, where the income tax is flat, and the GINI score is among the highest in the world.

    JD: "The United States is now the land of free things, entitlements, stifling economic policies, taxes and regulation, victimhood and acceptance of mediocrity.

    Again, more jingos and regurgitated propaganda. Compared to the rest of the civilized world, our social safety net is in tatters.

    JD: "What a long way we've come in 50+ years from "ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" to "you didn't build that".

    More brain-dead regurgitation. Government provides services essential to an advanced capitalist economy like roads and bridges and, in fact, if you have a business, you didn't build the roads and bridges that get your raw materials to your factory or your customers to your storefront. But that fact would get in the way of the product of your frontal lobotomy.

  • jarhead1969

    The four primary principles of law:

    1. The end does not justify the means
    2. An unjust law does not bind
    3. It's the spirit of the law that binds not the letter of the law.
    4. Necessity knows no law.

  • Dissenter13a

    Rev: "David is an Honors Scholar graduate from Rutgers University with a Masters Degree from Denver Seminary."

    Translated, he has no legal training whatsoever.

    Rev: "Friends, we know that real law does not come from the three mentioned above. Rather, real law comes from God, and to pay the price for the violations of His Law, the Lord Jesus Christ took our sins upon His body on that tree. His suffering, His bloodshed paid the full penalty for our sins – the violations of His Law.

    Useless and irrelevant Bible-babble. But he got one thing right: America is looking a lot like France before the Revolution. As Thomas Jefferson observes:

    "The property of this country is absolutely concentred in a very few hands, having revenues of from half a million of guineas a year downwards. These employ the flower of the country as servants, some of them having as many as 200 domestics, not laboring. They employ also a great number of manufacturers and tradesmen, and lastly the class of laboring husbandmen. But after all there comes the most numerous of all classes, that is, the poor who cannot find work. I asked myself what could be the reason so many should be permitted to beg who are willing to work, in a country where there is a very considerable proportion of uncultivated lands? These lands are undisturbed only for the sake of game. It should seem then that it must be because of the enormous wealth of the proprietors which places them above attention to the increase of their revenues by permitting these lands to be labored. I am conscious that an equal division of property is impracticable, but the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property, only taking care to let their subdivisions go hand in hand with the natural affections of the human mind. The descent of property of every kind therefore to all the children, or to all the brothers and sisters, or other relations in equal degree, is a politic measure and a practicable one. Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions or property in geometrical progression as they rise. Whenever there are in any country uncultivated lands and unemployed poor, it is clear that the laws of property have been so far extended as to violate natural right. The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on. If for the encouragement of industry we allow it to be appropriated, we must take care that other employment be provided to those excluded from the appropriation. If we do not, the fundamental right to labor the earth returns to the unemployed. It is too soon yet in our country to say that every man who cannot find employment, but who can find uncultivated land, shall be at liberty to cultivate it, paying a moderate rent. But it is not too soon to provide by every possible means that as few as possible shall be without a little portion of land. The small landholders are the most precious part of a state."

    Paris. Moscow. Tunis. Kiev. Income inequality produces revolutions.

  • apophis

    After immigrating here and becoming a citizen it crushes my soul to see America swimming in a sea of feces. The once proud leader of freedom has traded God's protection and bounty for abortion and equaling two men having anal sex with a marriage blessed by God himself. America deserves the punishment that is quickly coming. Non-believers will deny God and their sin while believers can only hope, pray and witness that God really is in control and really does punish sin and sinful peoples.

  • Death2Unions

    It is said that Thomas Jefferson gave America only 400 years to survive as a Representative Republic. Sadly, we couldn't even get close. Arm up boy's and girl's. This will get bloody. America is not exempt from history nor reality. We are witnessing a Marxist Regime gutting America to the bone. History shows us that the blood of citizens flows in the streets when a Marxist State is established. Psst...we got a committed Marxist as President. The Executive branch is chocked full of dedicated Marxist. The Puppet has his Puppet Master Valerie Jarrett to control his strings. America we are witnessing history in the making. Tick...tick...tick...tick...

  • MIKE6080

    is it time to erect the barricades

    • Aubryn

      Only this time we need to be on the right side of them!

  • Mary

    Operation American Spring, May 16, 2014 DC.

    • Aubryn

      Please Mary, always include the website as there is much misinformation being spread. patriotsforamerica.ning.com And THANK YOU so much for helping to spread the word!

    • apophis

      Any chance someone from the west coast to New Mexico could take a rider and son from the Albuquerque area. Cannot afford it my self, disabled vet.

    • Mary

      You best go to patriotsforamerica.ning.com and see what they can do for you. Go to your state group. There's people carpooling it. There's even a group of American's in the Uk/Ireland that have joined, and have their own group. So there must be a group for New Mexico.

  • Hammer

    The American revolution is a foot.....

  • kalli

    It is sad to see so few in the district of corruption who will stand up and obey the oath of office to defend the Constitution, but are made to shut up and sit down, or face grave consequences for going against the communist regime that has taken control of the country. I believe American patriots will stand up and fight to the death to try and save this country, and this regime is preparing for that very time when American blood will be spilled into the streets. Our only salvation is through our Lord Jesus Christ whose return draws near.

    • SFTOBEY

      Not soon enough!

  • White Bear

    This is one of the best articles I've read in a long time. Excellent analysis, and a very disturbing look at what may well be our future.