What Do Bastille Day, The Library of Congress, Jimmy Carter, and Sonia Sotomayor Have in Common….Nothing?

Today is Bastille Day in France, marking a pivital time in both the French Revolution and overall French history. Apparently, it’s also a day for the Family Research Council to attempt to intertwine the French Revolution, Jimmy Carter, and Sonia Sotomayor. All with a negative twist, of course.

In a post to the FRC’s blog, Robert Morrison wrote a short, albeit quite confusing, article that begins by generalizing the entire French Revolution as counter-productive (I’m sure the feudal peasants would disagree). It goes on to blame the French Revolution for later revolts around the world:

Why should Christians care? Why should citizens of the United States care? Because the turmoil unleashed by the French Revolution spawned a host of other revolutions—those in Russia (1917), China (1949), Cuba (1959), and Cambodia (1970). And those revolutions unloosed oceans of innocent blood.

Maybe it slipped the mind of Morrison that the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence served as an inspirational catalyst for the French revolution and its most important document, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen. So, what is he saying about the American Revolution?

Morrison continues his strange train of thought by citing Librarian of Congress, James Billington’s view that the French Revolution spawned the Nazi movement:

Our Librarian of Congress—James Billington— maintains that the French Revolution also spawned the Nazi movement in Germany. His work, Fire in the Minds of Men, carefully traces the malignant ideas of communism and Nazism back to their roots in revolutionary France.

He finally wraps it up by claiming that the views of “liberals” like Sonia Sotomayor belong in the zoo:

As we watch hearings in Washington on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, keep in mind that liberalism would give us a “living Constitution,” not one that restrains power even as it protects American liberty. Maybe the best place for the liberals’ Constitution is not in the Archives, but in the Zoo.

If you want to be thoroughly confused, click here; however, I wouldn’t recommend it.