Are we at the place we were in 1775?
By J.B. Shurk
Three weeks ago, over a thousand active and retired members of the French military (including twenty retired generals) signed their names to a letter warning President Macron that “multiculturalism,” “racial war,” and “fanatic partisans” are destroying French society and leading the country to “civil war.” The blunt message caused a tizzy — not just in France, but across Europe. The French government and the French media immediately condemned the unsolicited warning (with Macron and the minister in charge of the armed forces, Florence Parly, promising punishment for those involved), but the French people did not. Subsequent polling showed that 58% “support the words of the soldiers,” 73% believe France that is disintegrating, 84% feel that violence is increasing, and 49% think the military should “restore order.” In their letter, servicemembers warned, “The hour is grave, France is in peril,” and to the great consternation of Macron and his government, the French people overwhelmingly agreed.
Now we have a letter in the United States from 124 retired generals and admirals warning Americans in a strikingly similar tone: “Our nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty.”