I usually try to observe Bastille Day in some fashion, such as flying my tricouleur from the flagpole attached to our house.
This year I plain forgot.
Yeah, France is still not the most popular country in America these days, but I prefer to look past the politcal differences and remember the French family I lived with in my semester abroad in college. Nice people. Great country.
It's important to remember that French democracy traces its origins to a violent overthrow of the government. In 1789, France went overnight from medieval monarchy to primative democracy. As such, the French way of changing the status quo seems to be lean toward the combative, always looking back to the revolutionary model.
This interview with John Kerry made me chuckle:
Senator Kerry, what about the French? Are they friends? Are they enemies? Or something in-between at this point?
The French are the French.
Very profound, senator.
Well, trust me, it has a meaning. And I think most people know exactly what I mean.