Friday, February 24, 2006

Name [your] poison

when the constitution of the French Second Republic was finally promulgated and direct elections for the presidency were held on December 10, 1848, Louis-Napoléon won in a landslide.

His overwhelming victory was above all due to the support of the non-politicized rural masses, to whom the name of Bonaparte meant something, contrary to the names of the other contenders for the presidency which were unknown to the masses.


Exactly one year later, on December 2, 1852, after approval by another referendum, the Second Republic was officially ended and the Empire restored, ushering in the Second French Empire. President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte became Emperor Napoléon III.

That same year, he began shipping political prisoners and criminals to penal colonies such as Devil's Island (in French Guyana) or (in milder cases) New Caledonia.

wikipedia

5 Comments:

Anonymous bmo said...

Busheonic Complex: victims of this particular form of insanity will pick fights with those __________ than them in stature.

2/24/2006 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Tutor said...

At least they didn't restore the monarchy. Smart mobs at work.

2/24/2006 12:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Name recog - Democracy lite. Names are huge. married names too.

2/24/2006 1:53 PM  
Blogger Juke said...

This has no direct bearing whatsoever but I think one of the reasons the name "Marcus Welby" worked so comfortably for that character on that tv doctor-drama was it's a synonym for "might as well be", a phrase everyone at the time the show came out would have been familiar with.
So all we need is a viable candidate with a name that sounds like a phrase everyone today would know.
A viable candidate with values and principles conducive to the survival of the better qualities of the human experiment with a name that sounds like a phrase people would be familiar with.
Or rockets with unlimited onboard fuel sources and automated cryogenic pods and a bio-mass starter kit.

2/25/2006 12:40 AM  
Blogger Juke said...

Of course I meant homonym, and you do know that's what I meant.

2/25/2006 12:41 AM  

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