Monday, May 7, 2012

General Pershing, We Are Here

In 1917, President Wilson sent the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) to Europe under the command of General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, to bail-out the French and end the slaughter of WWI before Europe ran out of Europeans to kill.  Upon arrival, Pershing was reported to have exclaimed, "Layafette, we are here," in honor of the Marquis de Layafette, the French aristocrat and general who saved Washington's ass, along with all of ours, by cutting off Cornwallis at Yorktown, and essentially handing us victory in the American Revolution.

Now comes Mr. Hollande, the newly elected President of France, with a promise to break the strangle-hold of German led economic warfare against the common man.  Be mindful that the blighting of Europe by the austerity Prussians has not only laid waste to the lives of millions on the continent, but also played a central role in our own politics as well.  I give you the modern day Republican/Teacan party.  Let's hope that Mr. Hollande delivers, let's hope he can shore-up his base and withstand the sure-to-come counter-attack from the right, and, finally, hope his success may inspire a more energetic liberal, anti-capitulation response to the forces of darkness here. Let's put an end to the slaughter, and raise a toast, "Vive La France."

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