Here are some one liners...
God is in His Heaven and a New Government is in America -- Elections are held. Washington wins. A new government is created. I talk about how people go overboard when protecting the dignity of the President.
Storming the Bastille -- The French commoners want weapons to defend themselves from an out of control government so they storm the Bastille looking for weapons. There are none.
In Other News -- Jefferson is named SecState and he doesn't know it.
God is in His Heaven and a New Government is in America
- "We are in a wilderness without a single footstep to guide us." --James Madison, June 1789
Storming the Bastille (bass-STEEL)There are riots in the streets of Paris. No one knows it yet, but it is the beginning of a revolution. Encouraged by the successful transition of the United States from a monarchy to a republic, Lafayette has introduced his own version of the Declaration of Independence to the Assembly. King Louis the 16th has called for a meeting of the Three Estates where they will hash out France's financial crisis. The Third Estate (the commoners) want to meet with the King, but the King's son, the heir apparent, has died of tuberculosis. The King dithers as he always does. The Queen can no longer assert herself in politics. It is believed that she has sent all of France's money to her brother, the Holy Roman Emperor. (In fact, a great deal of France's money supported the American Revolution in the hope of opening new trade markets. That idea didn't pan out.) Then the Third Estate declares itself to be a National Assembly and it is writing out a Constitution! The King tells them to leave but they refuse. Then the bayonets come out and it gets real ugly. The next day the people believe that they need weapons to defend themselves (true enough) and they believe (erroneously) that they can find those weapons in the Bastille. When the dust settles, 100 lay dead and 70 wounded. The gates of the Bastille are open. 7 prisoners walk out.      
In Other News
- Thomas Jefferson is named Secretary of State. He is in France right now and doesn't realize that he is now part of the Washington Administration.