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  •  One thing that I can never understand is the (5+ / 0-)

    disdain that some Americans have for France.  The two countries share a common destiny. The French Revolution took place around the time George Washington was President.   Jefferson lived in France for several years during that era too.  Both countries started with revolutions for the common man and more than 200 years later we still fight to fulfill that promise.  It's especially ironic in the US with the cult of a few privileged people at the top. That's not American.

    "Democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ---'Fighting Bob' LaFollette

    by leftreborn on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 06:27:12 PM PST

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    •  Well, the French Revolution was controversial (3+ / 0-)

      It actually precipitated a civil war in France. And in America there was certainly a more conservative faction that did not favor the progressively more radical revolution in France. The French government came close to war with the US in Adams' administration (the "Quasi-War"). Jefferson's campaign in 1800 was contentious and his enemies made much of his attraction to France.

      Today after many political changes both revolutions have a clearer place in history. But the ideal of "lliberté, égalité, fraternité" is still radical. And there are still people resisting it.

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