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by Free Market Duck

Statue of Liberty Shoe Size, Women's 879

Why are Americans upset with the French and the United Nations?

   France disregards its own history, namely its philosophical contributions to individual liberty in the 18th and 19th centuries.  It was socio-political heresy during the 18th centrury to question the Divine Right of Kings and the authority of the Church.  But the French, Scottish, British, and American intellectuals popped up with a new idea:  we hold these truths to be self evident that the individual obtains inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness from Nature, not from the State or Church.  This distinction is important.  It is the basic philosophical difference between socialists and free market capitalists.

    Intellectuals such as France’s Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederic Bastiat, Scotland’s Adam Smith, and America’s Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin pushed revolutionary ideas for individual liberty that the French socialists today never learned and do not understand.

    “Laissez-faire, laissez-passer!” which means freedom to trade, was born in 19th century France.  Frederic Bastiat, in the French Journal des Economistes in the 1800s, blew apart virtually every socialist economic sophism ever dreamed up -- including all the current absurd economic fairy tales pushed by 10 Nobel Laureates and a hundred intellectually bankrupt PhD economists from Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Stanford who last year proclaimed themselves Socialist Village Idiots in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times.

    Nobody questions whether Frenchmen who fought in WW I and II were brave.  But if it were not for the U.S. and it’s free market industrial system – a result of individual freedom and capitalist free market ideas inherited partly from 18th century France – the French would now be speaking German and drinking beer instead of whining and dining at the posh United Nations in The Big Apple.

    We also thank the French for sending us a gift in 1886:  the Statue of Liberty, a beautiful symbol of individual freedom by the sculptor Frederic Bartholdi.  However, I suggest America loan the Statue of Liberty back to the French until they understand its inscription that reads:  “Liberty Enlightening The World.”

   The French are very old friends of ours and we owe the French intellectuals of the 18th and 19th centuries a debt of gratitude for sparking our own American Revolution.  But the current French socialists could care less about human rights and individual freedom.  The only reason the French socialists and other members of the United Nations did not want a regime change in Iraq is because it would have nullified their obscene billion dollar oil contracts with the Butcher of Baghdad -- oil stolen by Saddam from the U.N.'s Oil For Food Program while he imprisoned, tortured, and murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

    Even if Saddam possessed no weapons of mass destruction -- which he did -- the moral issue is the liberation of the Iraqi people.  The French socialists are on a suicide mission, willing to sacrifice everybody’s future freedoms – including their own -- for a short-term oil deal with Saddam.  The United Nations applauded France’s boot-licking of Saddam because many U.N. members are dictatorships just as devoid of human rights as Saddam’s regime.  La Cage aux Folles, birds of a feather, flock together.

    Individuals obtain their rights from Nature, not from the government.  Basic human rights transcend national boundaries.  It is the right of any person whose freedoms are being trampled to ask for help from anybody anywhere in the world.  Human rights do not stop at the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge.  In fact, humans not only have the moral right to defend others who may not be able to defend themselves, they have a moral obligation to do so.  That is why we are humans and not animals.

     The Statue of Liberty’s shoe size is a U.S. women’s 879.  That's a big footprint for Liberty.  Bend over dictators of Iran, North Korea, and the entire United Nations.  Time for a big American boot – a bon-bon from 1886 France, back when the French knew right from wrong.

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