Happy Fourth of July, you won­der­ful coun­try!

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It has be­come fash­ion­able to equate the French and Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tions, but they share ab­so­lutely noth­ing be­yond the word “revo­lu­tion.” The Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion was a move­ment based on ideas, painstak­ingly ar­gued by se­ri­ous men in the process of cre­at­ing what would be­come the freest, most pros­per­ous na­tion in the his­tory of the world. (Un­til Democrats de­cided to give it away to the Third World.)

The French Revo­lu­tion was a re­volt of the mob. It was the pri­mo­gen­i­tor of the hor­rors of the Bol­she­vik Revo­lu­tion, Hitler’s storm troop­ers, Mao’s Cul­tural Revo­lu­tion, Pol Pot’s slaugh­ter and Amer­ica’s pe­ri­odic mob up­ris­ings, from Shays’ Re­bel­lion to the cur­rent at­tacks on White House em­ploy­ees and Trump sup­port­ers.

The French Revo­lu­tion is the god­less an­tithe­sis to the found­ing of Amer­ica.

One rather im­por­tant dif­fer­ence is that Amer­i­cans did win free­dom with their revo­lu­tion and cre­ated a self-gov­ern­ing repub­lic. France’s revo­lu­tion con­sisted of point­less, bes­tial sav­agery, fol­lowed by an­other monar­chy, fol­lowed by Napoleon’s dic­ta­tor­ship and then fi­nally some­thing re­sem­bling an ac­tual repub­lic 80 years later.

Both rev­o­lu­tions are said to have come from the ideas of En­light­en­ment thinkers, the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion in­flu­enced by the writ­ings of John Locke and the French Revo­lu­tion in­formed by the writ­ings of Jean-Jac­ques Rousseau. This is like say­ing pres­i­dents Rea­gan and Obama both drew on the ideas of 20th-cen­tury econ­o­mists -- Rea­gan on the writ­ings of Mil­ton Friedman and Obama on the writ­ings of Paul Krug­man.

Locke was con­cerned with pri­vate prop­erty rights. His idea was that the govern­ment should al­low men to pro­tect their prop­erty in courts of law, in lieu of each man be­ing his own judge and ex­e­cu­tioner. Rousseau saw the govern­ment as the ves­sel to im­ple­ment the “gen­eral will” and cre­ate a new man. Through power, the govern­ment would “force men to be free.”

As his­to­rian Roger Hancock sum­ma­rized the the­o­ries of the French rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies, they had no re­spect for hu­man­ity “ex­cept that which they pro­posed to cre­ate.” To lib­er­ate man, they would “re­con­struct his very hu­man­ity to meet the de­mands of the gen­eral will.”

Lib­er­als dearly wish our Found­ing Fa­thers were more like the god­less French peas­ants, skip­ping around with hu­man heads on pikes. But alas, our Found­ing Fa­thers were God-fear­ing de­scen­dants of Pu­ri­tans and Pres­by­te­ri­ans. (And one Catholic!) King Ge­orge de­nounced the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion as “a Pres­by­te­rian war.”

As Stephen Wald­man writes in his de­fin­i­tive book on the sub­ject, “Found­ing Faith,” the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion was “pow­er­fully shaped by the Great Awak­en­ing,” an evan­gel­i­cal re­vival in the Colonies in the early 1700s, led by fa­mous Pu­ri­tan the­olo­gian Jonathan Ed­wards, among oth­ers. Aaron Burr, the third vice pres­i­dent of the United States, was Ed­wards’ grand­son.

There are books of Chris­tian ser­mons en­dors­ing the revo­lu­tion. The bar­baric at­tacks on the church by the French rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies would later ap­pall Amer­i­cans and Bri­tish alike, even be­fore the blood­let­ting be­gan.

Amer­i­cans cel­e­brate the Fourth of July, the date our writ­ten de­mand for in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain was re­leased to the world.

The French cel­e­brate Bastille Day, a day when a thou­sand armed Parisians stormed the Bastille and sav­agely mur­dered a half-dozen guards, de­fac­ing their corpses and stick­ing their heads on pikes -- all in or­der to seize arms and gun­pow­der for more such tu­mults. It would be as if this coun­try had a na­tional hol­i­day to cel­e­brate the Fer­gu­son ri­ots.

Among the most fa­mous quotes from the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion is Pa­trick Henry’s “Give me lib­erty or give me death!” Among the most fa­mous quotes from the French Revo­lu­tion is the Ja­cobins’ “Fra­ter­nity or death!” Or, as Ja­cobin Se­bastien Ni­co­las de Cham­fort sat­i­rized it: “Be my brother or I’ll kill you.”

Our rev­o­lu­tion­ary sym­bol is the Lib­erty Bell, rung to sum­mon the cit­i­zens of Philadel­phia to a pub­lic read­ing of the just-adopted Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

The sym­bol of the French Revo­lu­tion is the “Na­tional Ra­zor” -- the guil­lo­tine.

Of the 56 sign­ers of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence, all died of nat­u­ral causes in old age, with the ex­cep­tion of But­ton Gwin­nett of Ge­or­gia, who was shot in a duel un­re­lated to the revo­lu­tion.

Only one other found­ing fa­ther died of un­nat­u­ral causes: Alexan­der Hamil­ton, who did not sign the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. He died in a duel with Burr be­cause as a Chris­tian, Hamil­ton deemed it a greater sin to kill an­other man than to be killed. Be­fore the duel, Hamil­ton vowed in writ­ing not to shoot Burr.

Pres­i­dent after pres­i­dent of our new na­tion died peace­fully for 75 years, right up un­til Abra­ham Lin­coln was as­sas­si­nated in 1865.

Mean­while, all the lead­ers of the French Revo­lu­tion died vi­o­lently, guil­lo­tine by guil­lo­tine.

The Fourth of July also marks the death of two of our great­est Found­ing Fa­thers, Thomas Jef­fer­son and John Adams, who died on the same day, ex­actly 50 years after the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence was signed.

We made it for nearly an­other 200 years. And then, for some rea­son, the Democrats de­cided to give our coun­try away to the rest of the world.

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