Happy Bastille Day!

Jets fly over the Arc de Triomphe

Conservatives, it seems, still hate France.  Remember the “John Kerry looks French: insult a Bush campaign official saids about the Massachusetts Senator?  A good conservative pal of mine once suggested we send the Statute of Liberty back because “it came from France.”

And certainly, America has come to France’s aid a number of times over the past century; but without the support of the French during our own Revolutionary War, we likely would not have defeated the British.  As far I am concerned, the scales will never be balanced for what the French did to help secure our idependance and liberty.

  5 comments for “Happy Bastille Day!

  1. junior
    July 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.” —General George S. Patton

    “Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion.” —Norman Schwartzkopf

    “The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee.” —Regis Philbin

    As far as I’m concerned, war always means failure.” —Jacques Chirac, President of France

    “As far as France is concerned, you’re right.” —Rush Limbaugh

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    July 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    One difference between French appeasement and American appeasement is that France pays ransom in cash and gets its hostages back while the United States pays ransom in arms and gets additional hostages taken.-William Saffire

    The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners.-F. Scott Fitzgerald
    If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.-Ernest Hemingway

    Everything ends this way in France – everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs -everything is a pretext for a good dinner.-Jean Anouilh

  3. Heather Pritchard
    July 14, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Does nobody remember the Revolutionary War and the role the French played in attempting to fight for our independence? Sure, they had their own motives, but the French helped us tremendously then. Wow.

  4. junior
    July 14, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Dan – Just funnin’ ya, my surname is actually French. I am happy that the people of France elected conservative Sarkosy as their president in 2007.

    I think that France should celebrate the anniversary of that election (May 6, 2007) as “Jour des Oeufs”. The “Day of Eggs” – not for omelets, but for the day France “grew a pair.”

    And France has shown a lot more intelligence in regard to the use of safe nuclear power than the US.

  5. RHackett
    July 14, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    “John Kerry looks French”

    I remember a conservative telling me that. I responded that I would rather vote for a candidate that looks French instead of his opponent who looks stupid.

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