OFF with HIS head!! CHrislyn nile

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?!

That's the question many people are asking right now. Well if you have been living under a rock or just haven't looked outside here's what "all that racket" has been about. First what happened was that the Estates Generals' were called to a meeting because everyone knew that the government was on the rocks (even the king, yes he does pay attention, kind of). Anyway, the 3rd estate general gave really good solutions to France's current predicament ( by that it means over 98% of the population being exceedingly poor and not being able to get food, yeah not good) like giving more rights to the people, taxation WITH representation, and a democracy. But of course the other generals said no because it requires them to pay money and it makes everyone created equal which they did not want. So the 3rd estate general ( that represents practically everyone) is voted against and shunned out of the meeting. Then the general rallies everyone up and riot breaks out. So they all go to the palace's tennis court and give an oath saying that they will not leave the palace until there is a constitution put in place. Which this event they want to call "The Tennis Court Oath" (has a nice ring to it doesn't it?). So then all 900 of "the common people" attack the castle ripping it brick by brick, tearing the symbol of monarchy to shreds, and ransack the armory. Another event which they want to call the "Storming of the Bastille". So now that the public is armed Louis XVI flees but not for long. The national convention decides to end the monarchy and create the French Republic. But Louis' future is a lot darker.

Jacques-Louis David [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons By Isidore-Stanislaus Helman (1743-1806) and Charles Monnet (1732-1808) (Bibliothèque nationale de France) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Henry Singleton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!!

Since the king had fled the country with a false passport it took a while to find the man responsible. Well to demonstrate the time gap the date of the National Convention where they decided to create the French Republic was in September 1792 and Louis' execution is scheduled to be this Monday, January 21, 1793. But before his death the trial of the former king was held on December 11, 1792 So because this event is long overdue the people of this newspaper decided to write in real time and interview people about the event. These were the results.

There was a hush over the crowd as the carriage carrying the former king arrived at his final destination. Someone snarled "This is all his fault, none of this would of happened if he would have just listened to the will of the people." Louis XVI was half carried, half dragged to the stage of where his life would end. The normal way executions are preformed is that the criminal is tied down to himself and the stage them beheaded. But because it was Louis XVI he refused ties and he said that " Do what you are ordered to do, but I will not be tied; renounce that idea." The executioners moved as if they were about to show a sign of force but one person showed mercy uttering something inaudible and the executioners gave him grace. Right before the blade hit his body he resounded with a unmovable voice that hit all of the hearts in the square "I die innocent of all the crimes imputed to me. I pardon the authors of my death, and pray to God that the blood you are about to shed will never fall upon France". Then the leaders of the national convection (the ones who orchestrated the whole thing) seized his head and presented it to the people where the belly of the beast growled " LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!!" Which just festered through the streets of France.

By Georg Heinrich Sieveking (http://www.uncp.edu/home/rwb/louis16_execution.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why?

The public is now asking themselves why did this happen, what does this mean now? How else could this have been handled? Well all we can hope for is freedom and that the rights are finally given to the people. But those things will not be handed to us, we have to fight. Who knows this could be our turning point into a new prosperity or it could send us spiraling into a killing spree of our own people. Whichever way this will be remembered either as a sign of independence or dark times in our history. However that doesn't mean we shouldn't be proud of who we've become. This should bring us close as a nation and unify all of us. Be proud of who you are, a Frenchmen who has fought for our rights. It may not sway our way at first but France will come out on top. How long that will take depends on how hard the population is willing to work. Somehow, though, we are broken and now a leader needs to emerge and lead us into prosperity. But that doesn't happen in a day. This will be a process and we will fall on the way. But the Frenchmen nationality must never leave us because that is when we have truly lost.

Jean-Victor Schnetz [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sites: Historyguide.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017. <http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/louis_trial.html>. "King Louis XVI executed." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2017. <http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/king-louis-xvi-executed>.

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