France: A Decomposing Civilization

A medic tends to a victim of a terrorist attack in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its inner strength broken.

Source: France: A Decomposing Civilization | Gatestone Institute

Ah! Ma belle France, ma pauvre France! Terre de Charles Martel et Charlemagne. Ce qui vous est arrivé?

(Ah! My beautiful France, my poor France! Land of Charles Martel and Charlemagne. What has happened to you?)

As I have commented previously, more than once and in more than one forum, a nation, a culture, a society has this in common with a plant: cut off from its roots, it will wither and die.

What is happening to France is, or should be, a cautionary tale for what many among the so-called “elite” want to happen to the U.S. – and indeed, with the current attacks against historic statues, monuments, plaques, flags, and other iconography of our past, the assault is well under way.

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Emmanuel Macron Says France Needs A King – Vessel News

Emmanuel Macron, France’s new President-elect, is a man known for his charm (and his wife Brigitte), but less known for his agenda…

Source: Emmanuel Macron Says France Needs A King – Vessel News

I am not sure whether or not I have shared this article previously, but I do not think so. Even if I did, it is interesting, and some may have missed it! Macron is difficult to get a handle on. He lacks a track record, by means of which his actual beliefs and intentions might, at least in part, be discerned. But this is, at least, interesting:

“Democracy is always presented as if it were incomplete, because democracy is not enough by itself,” says Macron, elaborating that there is always something missing in the democratic process; some sort of void. 

“In French politics, this absence is the presence of a King, a King whom, fundamentally, I don’t think the French people wanted dead,” said Macron. “The Revolution dug a deep emotional abyss, one that was imaginary and shared: the King is no more!”

According to Macron, since the Revolution France has tried to fill this void, most notably with Napoleon and then Charles de Gaulle, which was only partially successful. “The rest of the time,” said Macron, “French democracy does not manage to fill this void.”

At least the “Overton window,” the range of subjects acceptable for serious political discussion, has been wedged open to the point that monarchy can be a legitimate topic for political discourse!

Joan of Arc – Maid of Heaven – Joan of Arc & Robert E. Lee

Joan of Arc – you have heard her name, do you really know her story? The famous sword of Robert E. Lee contains one of St. Joan of Arc’s famous quotes: “Aide toi, Dieu t’aidera” – which means “aid yourself and God will aid you.”

Source: Joan of Arc – Maid of Heaven – Joan of Arc & Robert E. Lee

At last! Provenance for this. Sometimes rendered – and often quoted to me by my mother – as “the Lord [or God] helps those who help themselves,” it does not appear in the Scriptures, but is (or used to be) a fairly common axiom. I had not realized that it was from St. Jean d’Arc (Joan of Arc). Nor did I realize the Robert E. Lee connection! As the linked essay recounts:

There are many similarities between St. Joan of Arc and Robert E. Lee, the two most obvious being that they were both great generals and they both possessed incredible faith in God. How appropriate, then, that Robert E. Lee’s famous presentation sword, the one that he wore during his meeting with Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, is engraved on one side with one of Saint Joan’s most famous quotes and spiritual truths:

“Aide toi et Dieu t’aidera”

(“Aid yourself and God will aid you”)

But there is more, which makes this especially meaningful to me, personally: this account confirms what I thought I understood: that the sword General Lee was wearing when he surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse – a moment which must have been among the most, if not the very most, painful moments of his life – was the “Maryland Sword”:

This particular sword was a gift from an admirer who lived in Maryland. It was presented to him in 1863. It is said to have been commissioned in Paris by Louis-Francois Devisme. The giver of the gift has been lost over the years but the sword has been preserved and refurbished to its original state. The sword is forty and one-half inches in length, possessing a lion’s head on the pommel and has an ivory grip. The blade is inscribed, “Gen. Robert E. Lee CSA from a Marylander 1863.” The scabbard is of blued steel. Both pieces are flawless and priceless. Its beauty is something to be seen to be appreciated.

That the Sword of General Lee, the Maryland Sword, is also in a sense a Sword of St. Joan of Arc raises the hair on the back of my neck – but in a good way, a very good way! The essay’s author continues:

My thoughts are how many times Lee as a Christian in gazing upon the words [“Aide toi Dieu t’aidera”] did he think about the saying and use it as motivation to continue? During adversity, surrender and even death, those words inscribed upon that sword must have been recalled and shared with others.

I doubt it not. Amen, and amen!

Sadly, according to reports, some within “Take ’em down NOLA” – the main group behind the removal of four Confederate monuments from the city, which is dedicated to the removal or renaming of all “symbols of white supremacy,” so-called – are targeting not only Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, but the “Maid of Orleans”: Joan of Arc herself (*). Will idiocy never end? The lunatics, it seems, are running the asylum!

(* Jean d’Arc does not appear on this, supposedly “official,” list, but reports suggest that she may be on an unofficial list of “Take ’em down NOLA” targets. Sadly, I would not be a bit surprised!)

Marine Le Pen – Campaign Ad 1 (English Subtitles) “In the Name of the People” – YouTube

The French national elections are almost  upon us – the first round is on the 23rd of April. The two top scorers then face off in a second round on May 7th. Mme Le Pen is expected to win the first round. However, Emmanuel Macron, a centre-left politician in the mould of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, is favoured to win round two.

Says Mme Le Pen:

“I have always said that I’d like to be up against Emmanuel Macron in the second round because then the choice will be clear-cut.

“He is an unashamed globalist who wants to speed up the total opening of borders, free-exchange, and the evisceration of France in favour of private and financial interests.

“I, on the other hand, propose a return to the nation-state, the most effective structure to ensure security, prosperity, and democracy, and to protect our identity.”

It is not my place or intention to tell the French people what they should do. But I believe that Marine Le Pen would be a far better choice for France. We shall see what the voters decide!

Le Pen: Pope ‘Asks that States Go Against Their Own People’ by Opening Borders

French presidential frontrunner Marine Le Pen has criticised the Pope for pressuring Western countries to open their borders to migrants, accusing him of asking states to disregard their own citizens.

Source: Le Pen: Pope ‘Asks that States Go Against Their Own People’ by Opening Borders

In an interview with La Croix International, the leader of the Front National chided Pope Francis for asking “that states go against the interests of their own people by not placing conditions on the acceptance of significant numbers of migrants” …

“To me, this falls within the realm of politics and even interference, since he is also a head of state” – e.g., the Vatican: “a walled city-state with some of the strictest immigration and citizenship rules in the world.”

Asked about her own religious views, Ms. Le Pen said: “I have a strong faith and I am fortunate in that I have never doubted it. However, I admit that I am angry with the Church because I think that it interferes in everything except what it should really be concerned with,” she added.

Vive la France! Vive Mme Le Pen! Au nom du peuple!

Mass shooting in Lille near Metro station leaves at least three injured and sparks terror fears – Mirror Online

Source: Mass shooting in Lille near Metro station leaves at least three injured and sparks terror fears – Mirror Online

“A shooting in Lille has left at least three people injured and sparked terror fears days after the attack in London… It is believed the drive-by shooting may be linked to criminal gangs. But the proximity to a train station and armed police response sparked fears of terrorism as Europe remains on a high state of alert. The identity of those injured in the attack is unknown. France has suffered a string of Islamist terror attacks during the past 12 months.”

And a significant plurality, if not majority, of criminal gangs in France these days are – wait for it – Muslim. Not meaning to jump to conclusions (sorry, not sorry), but I’d be surprised, indeed shocked, if it’s anyone else…

French Girl: Milo Is Right, Europe Is Falling – YouTube

I am not exactly a fan of Milo Yiannopoulos, for a number of reasons – not least because he’s not exactly, shall we say, the most wholesome of examples in his personal habits. But my father had a saying: “even a stopped clock is right twice a day,” and he is square on with respect to the threat posed to the West – both Europe, most immediately and critically, and also America and the rest of the European diaspora – by mass immigration of Muslims, mostly from the Middle East and Africa.

As has been pointed out in this blog previously, the majority of Muslims are not actively and violently attempting to destroy Western civilization. However, the majority of those who are actively and violently attempting to destroy Western civilization are Muslim. And their justifications for doing so are explicitly Islamic in nature, regardless of the attempts by some on the Left to obscure this fact. That makes Islam an existential threat to the West, even if many of its individual exponents are not. This is a distinction which seems lost on far too many, these days.

This young woman, who came to the U.S. with her family in 2007 to escape what was already becoming a difficult situation – even before the borders of Europe were basically thrown open a couple of years ago, under the auspices of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her vice-grip on the European Union – and who has been visiting her former country annually since then, further confirms what many of us have had good reason to fear: that the situation is bad, and it’s only getting worse. Anyone who does not realize this either has their head completely in the sand, or is being willfully obtuse.