We’ll give them a whiff of grapeshot.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Some say the French Revolution turned a corner when Napoleon Bonaparte, on the 13th of Vendemaire (5 Oct.) 1795, ordered 40 cannons to open fire on an armed Paris mob of 30,000. The mob was coming to attack the National Convention at the Tuileries Palace. Between four hundred and a thousand “citizens” in the front ranks of the mob were mowed down by grapeshot and bullets. The mob fled in panic. Power in France remained with five men who, by 1799, gave way to one man — Napoleon.

In America, right now, a revolution is underway. The revolutionaries see themselves as champions of equality, anti-racism and “saving” the planet. The mentality behind today’s revolution may be glimpsed in the “second tactical briefing” of Adbusters Media Foundation (regarding a 50-day siege of the White House scheduled for 17 September). According to Adbusters, America is oppressed by “dark forces,” consisting of “alt-right hordes and white supremacists” allegedly aligned with President Donald Trump. To save American democracy from these “minions of evil,” hundreds of thousands of “peaceful protesters” are being summoned to Washington, D.C. Their stated goal is “to remind this authoritarian regime” of the left’s significance.

The Adbusters Media Foundation is based in Canada. It is not even American. Yet they have decided to intervene in American politics. The left is international, of course, having little regard for borders or nations. The left is also opposed to traditional religion. Their revolutionary ideology is something out of the John Lennon song, Imagine. Some think this song is beautiful. But on close inspection, it is a denunciation of God and country (and also, property):

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world….

Coming from a super-rich rock star living under capitalism, the song is a very peculiar blend of melody and hypocrisy. If you try to “imagine” a world without religious faith, without nations or property, you’d better brace yourself; for people who believe in nothing are dangerous, and people who have no country are called “stateless persons,” like the Jews who were gassed by Hitler. To make a republic of the whole world is to build a Tower of Babel that will collapse in civil war. And a world without property is even less pretty; for as no one owns anything, none will take care of anything. Why would anyone make something, or build something, if it cannot be sold as property to someone else? The communist values expressed in John Lennon’s song are, in practice, an inversion of all those necessary things that make civilization possible in the first place. And yet, our revolutionaries, knowing neither philosophy nor history, see themselves as philosophers and makers of history.

If our young revolutionaries knew even a little history, they would know how much blood was spilled trying to build their socialist utopia in the twentieth century. If they knew a little about political science, they would know that their ideal signifies tyranny in practice. But they know almost nothing. That is what damns these children of revolution. Their ideals were tested in Soviet Russia and Communist China, Cuba and Venezuela — and many other places, too. The result of socialist revolutions is always civil strife, man-made famine, mass executions, secret informers, show trials, gulags and poverty.

To be so dishonest as to affirm a lie, and fight for that lie, is to renounce one’s own humanity. Here is a passage into soul-rotting corruption if there ever was one. To be so careless, so thoughtless, as to unwittingly side with totalitarian “ideals,” is to declare oneself the enemy of all who think, and all who truly care. This thoughtlessness is reflected in the very language of our young revolutionaries. Consider, if you will, the outrageous profanities of Black Lives Matter activist John Sullivan, who gave the following speech on August 29th to a leftist crowd in Washington, D.C.:

…my name is John Sullivan. I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah. My group is Insurgents USA. We [are] about to burn this shit down. Fuck this shit…. Power to the people! Power to the people! Power to the people! [Crowd repeats the refrain] Damn right! We gotta fucking rip Trump out of that office over there, pulling him out of that shit. We [are] not about waiting for the next election. We [are] about to go get that motherfucker. I am about that shit. Because you know what time it is? I want you to repeat after me. It’s time for revolution! It’s time for revolution! It’s time for revolution! [Crowd repeats the refrain.]

This is John Lennon’s song without the prettifying tune. It is, of course, a seditious refrain — inciting rebellion against the government. As such, it is punishable by fines and imprisonment, though it is doubtful Sullivan will ever be punished. This revolutionary agitation is, on all sides, nurtured by the misguided tolerance of the state. What will come of this?

“Ideas have consequences,” noted Richard M. Weaver, in a book of the same title. Absolute truth exists; and we are obligated, as human beings, to find that truth and live by that truth. Otherwise, civilization declines or collapses; for civilization rises only so far as truth is honored. The violent revolutionary of today, however, doesn’t believe in absolute truth. He may not even believe in reality. False notions, taught by socialist professors, have degraded him. The same can be said about our dreadful politicians — whose sickening fabrications are no longer endurable.

The false ideas of the left, which underlie today’s revolution and may prove fatal to our country, are nurtured and transmitted by our universities. They are winked at by politicians and repeated ad nauseam by the media. In their present form, they demonize one man: President Donald J. Trump. As in the “second tactical briefing” of the Adbusters Media Foundation, we find Trump described as “this howling void of a president” with “sins too many to name….” But the real “howling void” is found on the left. The Canadian Adbusters claim to be working for “a global movement of systemic change — a Global Spring — a cultural heave towards true world order.” But it’s all nonsense. They wouldn’t know what a “true world order” is. In the first place, if they cared about oppression, they’d be agonizing over the slave labor camps of China and North Korea. But no. They are preparing to attack the White House; and after that, the suburbs.

Who, indeed, will defend the suburbs? Which officer, assigned to defend, would say with Bonaparte, “We’ll give them a whiff of grape”? Who has the nerve?

In 1850 Thomas Carlyle wrote, “The French explosion [of 1848], not anticipated by the cunningest men … [defied all] computation or control. Close following which … all Europe exploded….” He added. “Everywhere immeasurable democracy rose monstrous, loud, blatant, inarticulate as the voice of chaos.” Carlyle said that civilization “was scandalously laid bare to dogs and the profane….” The kings of Europe “stared in sudden horror, the voice of the whole world bellowing in their ear, “Begone, ye imbecile hypocrites … Off with you, off!” What was most damning, thought Carlyle, was the weakness of the official response. None “stood upon his Kingship, as upon a right he could afford to die for, or to risk his skin….” Carlyle called this weak response an “alarming peculiarity.” He wrote, “Democracy, on this new occasion, finds all Kings conscious that they are but Play-actors.”

Today we do not have a king, but a Constitution. Is our Constitution, now, a play-acted Constitution? Will anyone seriously uphold it? For if you have pledged to defend the Constitution, what is your obligation regarding its enemies? Are you not obliged to deal with them? If you have pledged allegiance and you are a mayor, a governor, a president, a commanding general, what are you waiting for? Are you not sworn to defend the Constitution against “all enemies, foreign and domestic”? Or is it a play-acted oath that all these play-acting officials have pretended to take?

Ah, of course, they never intended to keep the oath! When they swore, they were all just pretending. The whole of our officialdom, then, is a fraud! Here is Carlyle’s “alarming peculiarity” in our own time, in which solemnly constituted laws and forms of government are done away with by the “squeak” of Antifa’s juvenile voice. Was Napoleon a butcher on 13 Vendemaire? Yes. Was it horrible? Yes. Being sworn to uphold the Constitution of France, did he have any choice? No. There was, before him, a duty to defend. Did you have the mistaken idea that defending is nice?

Order is a necessary thing. It is not to be set aside. The collapse of order, by its very nature, always signifies blood-soaked carnage. If violence is required to enforce order, then it is a necessary violence. Yet order cannot be established by fraudulent men sporting fraudulent ideas. That is why, at this juncture, only the truthful can save us. As Carlyle noted,

A more scandalous phenomenon … never afflicted the face of the sun. Bankruptcy everywhere; foul ignominy, and the abomination of desolation, in all high places: odious to look upon, as the carnage of a battlefield on the morrow morning; — a massacre not of the innocents … but a universal tumbling of Impostors and of Impostures into the street!

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28 thoughts on “America’s 13th Vendemaire?

  1. Outstanding article Mr. Nyquist. Darkness is coming and it will be unimaginable. The signs of societal collapse and pending civil war are everywhere. External enemies are also positioning and preparing to act when we are at our weakest.

  2. These Marxist/Communists have still missed that they will be stopped when they reach the suburbs and the remaining fragments of a civilized people who are at this point very fed up the the Marxist/Communists, and as has already been seen, individuals are taking action and defending themselves and their communities. There are more than enough lamp posts and telephone poles available for those Marxist/Communists that survive the street defensive actions that will take place as they try to spread their revolution across the country. Plenty of rope available too.
    What we are seeing now is what Mark Rudd, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorne, and the others of SDS and the Weathermen wanted in the late 60s and early 70s. The 20 million they want dead in order for their revolution to succeed, will not take place as they have hoped for all these years, as even their supporters are seeing that in continuing to follow these people, that they will lose all that they have worked to have all their lives, and they are the ones going out and buying guns to protect their families, and property from the Marxist/Communists, so it will be very interesting to see the Marxist/Communists getting what they deserve as these people living in their gated communities start to defend themselves.

    JR, if you have time, look for a movie that came out in 2012, but was only in theaters for 1 week, as the Hollyweird types did everything they could to suppress it.
    The movie is called For Greater Glory, which is about the Cristero revolt in Mexico, 1928-1929, when the Catholics in Mexico who were being persecuted and killed by the Communists that took power after the Mexican revolution, started fighting back. The Communists forgot that many in their Army were Catholics and were going to fight the government and try and re-take power from the Communists.
    The Catholic church had been outlawed, priests had been arrested, some were executed because they refused to follow the Communist government directives that outlawed the Mass, and any meetings of Catholics for religious services of any kind. Other priests and Bishops were exiled.
    The Cristero’s had almost won, but the US interceded politically and helped resolve the revolution gaining concessions from the Mexican government that allowed the Catholics to practice their faith with no more persecutions and killings. Too bad the US intervened in that way, because the Cristero’s would have thrown the Communists out.
    It may very well be the religious community in this country that will rise up and save the day.

    The movie is very much worth watching whether you are a Catholic or not.

    1. I hope your confidence is justified. I do agree that many have finally awakened to the long war that has been underway against the U.S. I have had friends openly willing to discuss the fake fall of Communism with me. The same folks have laughed at my suggestion of such a deception since it first began in 1989-90. I fear it still may be too little too late. It is impossible for me to see (apart from Divine mercy) that we avoid a complete crisis of leadership after November 3rd. Both sides will claim victory and the “mostly peaceful” anarchists will increase their rioting all across the country. With no one agreeing on who is in charge of the country, by January we will be in unprecedented territory. If China/Russia (and their pawns in N. Korea, Cuba, Iran, and elsewhere) are ever going to move against us it seems that this coming winter/spring would be their ideal moment. Despite of all of this I continue to hope and pray that we will somehow avoid such a catastrophic outcome in the coming months.

  3. We have all become debased and corrupt, to greater and lesser extents, over the past half century. Living in a society based on lies, (a fetus is not human, history is over, ect.), will do that to you. I think John Brown’s terrifying final words hold true again. “I John Brown am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but by blood. I had vainly deluded myself, that, without very much blood, it might be done.”

  4. “It is impossible for me to see (apart from Divine mercy) that we avoid a complete crisis of leadership after November 3rd.”

    We truly need His mercy.

    There is a call for a day of prayer and repentance on September 26th. Many will gather on the Mall in Washington DC. Others can pray where they are. thereturn.org

    Praying in OK

    1. Thank you for the information, and may God bless us all up to and through the election.
      He gave us Trump to help us get through all of the Communist attacks, I do not think He will abandon us now.

  5. We should all pray that Russia will turn against China, or vice versa, before either ever gets around to attacking the US!


    You say you want a revolution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change the world
    You tell me that it’s evolution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change the world

    But when you talk about destruction
    Don’t you know that you can count me out
    Don’t you know it’s gonna be
    All right, all right, all right

    You say you got a real solution
    Well, you know
    We’d all love to see the plan
    You ask me for a contribution
    Well, you know
    We’re doing what we can

    But if you want money for people with minds that hate
    All I can tell is brother you have to wait
    Don’t you know it’s gonna be
    All right, all right, all right

    You say you’ll change the constitution
    Well, you know
    We all want to change your head
    You tell me it’s the institution
    Well, you know
    You better free you mind instead

    But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
    You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
    Don’t you know it’s gonna be
    All right, all right, all right
    All right, all right, all right
    All right, all right, all right
    All right, all right.


    “Revolution” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. Three versions of the song were recorded and released in 1968, all during sessions for the Beatles’ self-titled double album, also known as “the White Album”:


    Inspired by political protests in early 1968, Lennon’s lyrics expressed sympathy with the need for social change but doubt in regard to the violent tactics espoused by members of the New Left. Despite his band mates’ reservations, he persevered with the song and insisted it be included on their next single. When released in August, the song was viewed by the political left as a betrayal of their cause and a sign that the Beatles were out of step with radical elements of the counterculture. The release of “Revolution 1” in November indicated Lennon’s uncertainty about destructive change, with the phrase “count me out” recorded instead as “count me out – in”. Lennon was stung by the criticism he received from the New Left and subsequently espoused the need for Maoist revolution, particularly with his 1971 single “Power to the People”. In one of the final interviews he gave before his death in 1980, however, he reaffirmed the pacifist sentiments expressed in “Revolution”.


    1. The White Album also had an interesting song called Piggies. I don’t know if it referenced the police or the 1% of the time, but that album came out just before the Vietnam war protests grew in intensity. I’ve seen both those and the current protests in the city of my collage days, and so far the current protests have been nothing like what I saw in the 70’s. Large crowds roamed the city back then, campus buildings were burned and one was even bombed. The current protests in Portland are a different animal, however. Once the Vietnam war was wound down, things became peaceful again. I doubt that will happen this time if Trump wins or the Democrats won’t accept it.

      I’m currently reading The Devil in Karl Marx by Paul Kengoa and it is providing some very good insights into what we are up against. Amazing how someone could grow up in a Lutheran Christian family, go off to college, learn about Faustian ideology, become an atheist and grow to think kindly of Satan (as expressed in Marx’s poems and other writings).

  7. Just some comments about revolutionaries. In this case not the young people but the older military officers who are talking fairly plainly about an open coup against Trump. Milley seems very sensible. But I have heard that Jim Jones, Colin Powell, Mattis and McChrystal have been very active in either talking coup or have been engaging in social media / cyber warfare against the president ( Jones and McChrystal being most active in that arena. ) Too bad Flynn is temporarily out of the picture. He would be very good at combatting them ( based on his background I read about in Field of Fight ). He was great behind enemy lines. Maybe we are in some ways behind enemy lines in the U.S. ?

    If you get a chance, catch the recent statements by Col Richard Black ( retired JAG officer ) regarding treasonous behavior and the coup situation. He has a fine attitude about this – as do you Jeff.

    I would be interested in any comments / information in this area from Jeff or anybody. As this is more concerning than rag-tag kids who could be quelled much more easily.

    1. It is very dangerous when military officers talk openly about interfering with the Constitution. If the country were threatened by a treasonous president, then we might agree it is understandable. In that case, why weren’t these “politically correct” generals alarmed when Obama was elected? Obama could not have seriously sworn an oath to uphold laws he spent eight years subverting. Obama has a communist background which he has refused to discuss honestly. He wanted unilateral disarmament of the country’s nuclear arsenal. He weakened the military. He appeased Russia and China. But who do these generals think is a threat? Trump. — This situation is a nightmare.

    2. It isn’t necessarily the Generals you need to be concerned about, it is the Brigade and Battalion level commanders, usually Lt. Colonels and Colonels, as they have direct command of their units and know their men, and their men know them. In many cases it will be these commanders that will determine what their soldiers will do. Not the Generals.

  8. Also Brennan and elements of the CIA would be involved I think with the coup / anti-Trump activity. How to stop this behavior by the “deep state” ( bureaucratic state ) ?!

      1. Where is the God who delivers like in the days of the Hebrews, oh America? The Lord could deliver this nation from our peril–He is quite capable of doing so. We have heard of the long march–but will it require another 50 years to clean house or will it take civil war. I dont know, but I I honestly think he is waiting for enough of His kids to actually wake up to the danger to seriously cry out to Him as Saviour who acts the same as He did in days of old. Our nation does not have to fall to communism or to perish. I echo your call to pray to Jesus now while we still can. Call upon the Lord with all fervency and expectation in the remaining weeks before this election.

      2. This is a generation that has murdered its innocent infants by the tens of millions. It’s also a generation that has not only tolerated, then embraced, then glorified and rejoiced in, but positively sought to foist, Sodomy and the Sodom Agenda, especially on its young children. It’s also a generation that calls ugly beautiful, male female, up down, back front, evil good and good evil. The message from God is plain on these issues: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).

        If you think about this generation’s sins compared to say, the sins of the generations who experienced the horrors of WW1 and WW2, you must then ask yourself what measure of wrath is due upon this one.Surely it’s something much, much worse? Unless it is God’s plan to bring worldwide repentance out of this ever worsening worldwide societal condition, the only thing one can see is terrifying vengeance on a truly biblical scale. So naturally, the Lord’s people should be mobilsing now in prayer and warning the ungodly to turn to Christ and away from sin, to flee from the wrath that is their due, just as Jonah of old did with the wicked people of Nineveh who, in the end, repented. Hope and pray for that, but be ready for the worst.

  9. I just ran across this interesting footnote in a book I am editing: “Remember Karl Marx’s three steps to revolution. The third and last step was to destroy the people’s faith in the institutions of their government. The step before this was to debase the currency. The first step of all, however, was … but let me quote Karl Marx himself: ‘The first step in the science of revolution is the art of confusing the public with words that have a pleasant meaning.’” Funk, Wilfred. Word Origins, New York: Bell Publishing, 1978, p. 205.

  10. And another interesting footnote: “The four important causes of famine are the following: 1) prevention and willful destruction of crops, 2) defective agriculture caused by communistic control of land, 3) governmental interference by regulation or taxation, 4) currency restrictions, including debasing the coin. These four factors add up to one thing, socialism … The old Russia was the breadbasket of Europe. It had several major famines and a chronic agricultural problem since going communist … In the last century, when Europe joined America in freeing its economies of state controls, Europe, like America, enjoyed a famine-free century although its population in some areas more than doubled.¨ Rushdoony, Rousas. Law and Liberty, The Craig Press, 1971, p. 145.

  11. But God…. don’t be dismayed, guys. Many are on their knees this week, fasting and praying. At sundown last night, at the blowing of the shofars of Rosh Hashanah even, things began to change. The American story is not over yet.

    November marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing. Bradford’s journal confirms a God-ordained purpose that this land BE A LIGHT to the nations. “Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation.” This purpose has never been fully fulfilled. And yet…. I believe it will. Keep exposing the darkness. Now we truly see what a gift we’ve been given here.

    God bless.

  12. “A whiff of grapeshot” will no longer work. What the communists do is they create a whole spectacle (riots, looting, mayhem and murder) when those who fell under the grapeshot gets buried. Radical speeches whips the attending crowd into a frenzy and the media carries the message far and wide. This was our experience in South Africa. I know it sounds simplistic but (in my humble opinion) there is only one way to counter this and that is to meet the enemy with absolute force – if they threaten war, give them what they are looking for. By giving in and allowing them to get away with anarchy they erode the power of the State to the point where the People have nothing to confront them with. Look at the white minority in SA. We have nothing – no police, no commandos, no army and a gun law that makes it extremely difficult to stay armed. Keep in mind that once upon a time we possessed nuclear weapons. Now our people get butchered and we are unable to stop it. Listen to me America: Take on the useful idiots sowing mayhem in your country and wipe them out or you will end up like us.

      1. You must go on your knees and thank God for this man and we must all pray for the protection of his life and his re-election. I do not want to overstate the case but Western civilization might depend on it.

    1. Thank you for your comments, and a reminder of what happened in South Africa, and continues to happen in South Africa. Not to mention the former Rhodesia. The Communists are very clever, and know how to find the keystone, which when finally removed brings an entire country down, destroying everything.
      Yes, if we are not careful, it will happen here too.
      The people must give control of the House of Reps back to the Republicans, and give the Senate more Republicans in order to stop the Dhimmicrats from destroying our country.

  13. Definitely pray for his protection. There is a reason his speech at the UN was taped and he wasn’t there in person.

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