Bastille Day

Today is Bastille Day. Bastille Day celebrates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 by the French. It is not one of the Top 173 Things in History, largely because it just falls under the umbrella of something much larger that is.

But, in the wake of discussing the Defenestration of Prague, let us pause to recognize the people who got it right. The people who knew, “This is how you start a revolution.”

Bastille Day is like the Defenestration of Prague plus logic.

Bastille Day is like Independence Day plus action.

Bastille Day is like Independence Day minus aliens.

Bastille Day is like the Boston Tea Party minus Indian costumes and the foresight of the British.

Bastille Day is like Nat Turner’s rebellion minus slavery and the William Styron novel.

Bastille Day is like Shays’ Rebellion, plus some other guys.

Bastille Day is like Flag Day plus one month.

Bastille Day is like the Boston Massacre, except it actually happened.

Bastille Day is like the French and Indian War, except there are only French.

Bastille Day is like the unification of Italy, except opposite.

Bastille Day is like Abraham Lincoln’s “government of the people, by the people, for the people” speech, except replace “government” with “revolution.”

Bastille Day is like the Tennis Court Oath, except that it looks cool in paintings.

Bastille Day is like Boxing Day, except we know what it celebrates.

Bastille Day is like those Washington, D.C. license plates that say “Taxation without Representation,” except that it got something done.

Bastille Day is like Tiananmen Square, except with a sessile fortress and not tanks.

Celebrate Bastille Day responsibly.

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