Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite 4/11/91
The Voice of the People
Citizen Huey excommunicates the whole crowd! Citizen Huey had the audacity to excommunicate the entire crowd and then rescinded the excommunication a mere 20 minutes later. Now he threatens the people of France with more excommunications! This is the height of the abuse of power and should be dealt with quite soon.
Citizen Lafayette Still Dares to Keep the People out of the National Guard! The villainous Citizen Lafayette has chosen to maintain the property requirement for the National Guard and Assembly, ensuring that the people of France cannot be heard. This must be addressed at once!
Bastille We must never forget what we fought for at the Bastille on that fateful day. With that in mind, buy some rubble from the Bastille! Only 3 francs a piece. Itâ€™s a memory that you can keep to show posterity!
Speech given by Citizen Rajvi My Fellow Citizens, Last night, I had a dream that my daughter grew up to be happy, healthy girl. Food lined our table each night and we sat comfortably is our home next to the warm fireplace. The smell of freshly baked baguettes and ratatouille filled the street, mixing with the smell of other foods cooked by my neighbors. In this dream, every citizen could afford to both eat and sleep in a bed; it was no longer a decision. The price of bread never increased and France became a nation of true equality. This was wonderful, until I woke up to find myself in a horrible nightmare. I held my peace and got by with what little I had when I was younger. I never asked for much, a small piece of bread for dinner was enough, but now I have a baby to worry about. I fear not only for myself, but what will happen to her if I cannot afford to feed her. I wonder who will take care of her, if I die from starvation. I stand here today for the thousands who are terrified by the same thoughts. I ask my fellow citizens to give us, the landless commoners, the chance to voice our opinions in the National Assembly. Our lives are just as affected and just as important as yours are. Though we do not have property, we have an even greater stake in what occurs in the assembly, for our lives depend on it. I propose that we change the law for membership to the assembly. I am a citizen, just you all are. I deserve the same rights, and if all everyone is equal (Carnes and Keates, 64) then we shall have the same right to voice our opinion. Currently, the property law forbids ninety percent of France from voting in the Assembly. How can the general will of the people be protected if there is no one to speak for it? It is through the general will that all citizens are free and equal. “The general will is always right and always tends to the public good… there is a great deal of difference between the will of all and the general will” one is of common interest while the “is merely the sum of particular wills.” (Rousseau, 172) We the commoners seek to find what is best for our people, as our “people are good, patient, and generous” and “only ask for peace, justice and the right to live.” Robespierre claims that, “only the people of the
revolution could will it and achieve it. For the reason alone can [they] maintain it.” (Game Packet) We do not desire to take over anything; we only desire have a role in reshaping France. We bring a different perspective to the constitution, one in which a majority of France carry. I suggest we eliminate the need for property to be a member of the National Assembly. Rome, a former empire where “no citizen was excluded from the right to vote” (Rousseau, 237) can be used as an example to show that a well maintained government should Nunc cursusLike magna quisto incorporate everyone. the right vote in the National Assembly, I propose that we may be given the right to take part in National Guard. It was us, who fought for the revolution on Bastille Day. We are the reason France has progressed. If hadn’t been for the storming of the Bastille that day, the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen may not have been written. As a great majority of the population, we benefit the National Guard in both number and strength. It is an insult to us to keep us from defending the rights we worked to achieve. Ask you this: Are we not equal citizens? Do we not have the same right to fight for our beloved nation? Remember that “a wise lawgiver does not begin by drawing up laws that are good in themselves, but considers first whether the people for whom he designs them to fit to maintain them” (Rousseau, 183), by allowing us to take apart of the National Assembly and help with the decision making, the new constitution will address the problems that plague our country. When you make the decision to allow us into the Assembly, keep in mind the children who are currently plagued by starvation. Remember those who wake up each morning before dawn to find themselves waiting hours in line for a small piece for bread. These are the people who will be affected by your decision. Lastly, remember if you deny us the right to take part in the Assembly, you are not just denying two people, but rather the
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tens of thousands that we each represent. Carnes, Mark C, and Gary Kates. Rousseau, Burke, and Revolution in France, 1791. New York: Pearson Education, Inc, 2005. N. pag. Print. Reacting to the Past. Role Sheet of The Parisiam Crowd Rousseau, Jean-Jaques. The Social Contract. The Social Contract and the First and Second Discourses. Ed. Susan Dunn. Binghamton, New York: Vail-Ballou Press, 2002. N. pag. Print. Rethinking the Western Tradition.
Teambuilding Tomorrow we will be doing some team building exercises to help foster the continued growth the French civilian spirit. You will need to bring 1.
Hard to Believe Fun Fact Citizen Lafayette used to be a rebel and a lover of freedom. I know it may seem difficult to believe, but Citizen Lafayette once fought with the Americans for their freedom in their own War for Independence. Oh how time has changed him from a proud man to a sniveling husk!
A fun spirit
So prepare fellow citizens for a day of fun games and activities!
Speech by Citizen Danton Our nation is on the brink of freedom. We have pushed for reform against an oppressive monarchy and self-indulgent aristocrats, we have brought down symbols of injustice, we have opened the door to a New France. But when I say we, I refer to the people of France, the crowd which has tirelessly fought for equality and liberty “which ought to be the aim of every system of legislation”(Rousseau 189). The same crowd that brought down the Bastille and armed itself so that Citizen Louis XVI could not send an army to disperse this very Assembly, and the same crowd that brought Citizen Louis XVI down here from his pleasure palace at Versailles so that he could see what is truly happening in France. This crowd wants the freedom of France from tyranny and oppression. We stand by some but a great many oppose the future greatness of France. They work to keep us out of the National Guard and National Assembly so that the citizens of France cannot create a new nation built on freedom. You know of whom I speak of, Citizen Huey claims to want to help France and its citizens but then threatens our voice in the government if we do not take the submissive tone he wishes and threatens our holy sanctity with excommunication as if being excommunicated is the right of a politically minded cleric rather than a holy and necessary thing. If Citizen Huey truly wanted to help France he would support the crowd and work with the other good citizens of France to throw off our shackles rather than work to stifle our uprising. Citizen Huey, however, is only a small obstacle in the path of the people of France, an obstacle, that once removed can make our nation stronger by joining it rather than fighting it. Citizen Lafayette, on the other hand, poses a much larger threat to France and her citizens. Citizen Lafayette insists on keeping the crowd out of both the National Guard and National Assembly in order to keep us down. He thinks the only way to move forward is to stand by Citizen Louis XVI and remove all power from the people of France. He would have us return
to the days of brutality and oppression that has plagued this nation. All of the work to make ourselves free would be undone in an instant by this man, has he forgotten the great maxim of Rousseau, “Liberty may be acquired but never recovered” (Rousseau 184). The blood of the crowd and the people of France was spent to buy even this modicum of freedom, would you just give it away, never to be recovered again? We citizens fought to maintain what we have; yet you would deny us the right to fight for our nation, we have protected this Assembly and all that it stands for, yet you would deny us the right to partake in it? The people of France stand together against tyranny, yet you turn them away? Why should we continue to follow Lafayette’s wishes? The people of France deserve better. And most pressingly, why does Lafayette resist us? Did he run out of freedom when he fought in America? Has he returned, not the stalwart hero but the simpering grandmother? Or has he ever been on the side of freedom? Maybe we need a real general who loves freedom like a Washington or a Knox? This pretender of a hero does not deserve to be in charge of his own household, much less the National Guard and should either be removed from office or allow the people of France to defend the country that he so eagerly ignores. Opening up the National Assembly and National Guard are a must for this New France to be different and better than the old, we cannot waste this revolution from monarchy and simply slide back to the corrupt days of old. We have waited more than enough time to reach our “period of maturity” in the words of Rousseau (184) and are now ready to ascend to a state of freedom under a sovereign governed by the general will. We stand ready for our nation to become the greatest nation this world has ever seen. This cannot happen without the people of France though. So I implore you to give the people the right to defend their nation and a voice to determine what we shall do as a nation. Role Sheet of The Parisiam Crowd Rousseau, Jean-Jaques. The Social Contract. The Social Contract and Second Discourses. Ed. Susan Dunn. Binghamton, New York: Vail-Ballou Press, 2002. N. pag. Print. Rethinking the Western Tradition.