By Ray Dunaway

And a happy Bastille Day to you!

If you’re wondering just exactly what happened on July 14, 1789, here’s the background.

So the third estate (i.e. the people) were upset at the abuse and arbitrary actions of the King and decided to take action.

Interestingly, one of the grievances was directed towards “lettres de cachet” which could be issued against individuals and/or groups justifying imprisonment for an indeterminate period of time for reasons unknown to those charged, not unlike the “no fly” list, except those on the list aren’t sent to jail…..


So in honor of the uprising of the people against a corrupt ruling class, let’s sing along with the French National Anthem.

I should have provided a “trigger alert” before posting the link..Let’s face it watering our fields with the blood of our enemies….you must admit it’s a little more intense than the Star Spangled Banner.

Bottom line, the French were attempting to remove a corrupt and elite class of Royalty and Bureaucrats, who were exempt from the rules and hardships they imposed on the common folk.

Thank goodness there’s nothing like that in the U.S.A.

Which way to the Bastille?