Watching the Youtube video of the 30th Anniversary of Les Miz (see here), my wife and I learned that the Hong Kong protestors were singing the theme song from Les Miserables, “Hear the People Sing” (go to 7:52).
We talked about the French radicals of 1848 who had a just cause, and compared them to the American Left, revolutionaries who have never been jailed for stealing a loaf of bread, who have never been beaten for criticizing the government, who have been given all the privileges offered by America’s Shining City on the Hill.
What are the American Revolutionaries fighting for? The right to kill the unborn and newly born, the right to salvage the organs of the euthanized old and unfit, the right to silence those who believe in God and natural law, the right to compel others to violate their conscience and beliefs.
Will we have to man the barricades against these contemporary revolutionaries? They won’t fight themselves, except to bully those they believe to be weak. They will beat an elderly man defending his bakery and berate an elderly nun in prayer outside an abortion mill, but will they risk their own death? Not bloody likely.
There are those who say all radicals are atheists and want to destroy religion because it is “The opiate of the people.” Was this true in 1848? If Victor Hugo gave an accurate portrayal of that time, and if Les Miz followed that portrayal, Jean Valjean, the convict who beat the system, goes to heaven when he dies.
“The night was starless and extremely dark. No doubt, in the gloom, some immense angel stood erect with wings outspread, awaiting that soul.” Victor Hugo. “Les Misérables”
And that may be what made those revolutionaries fighters for a just cause, as were those in 1776, the belief in God given rights.