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The Free French to their Canadian Brothers

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Better to put a note on the past meaning of the word than italics on every instance of it
{{title|The Free French to their Canadien Canadian Brothers|[[w:Edmond-Charles Genêt|Edmond-Charles Genêt]]|1793<br /><br />Translated in 2007 by [[User:Mathieugp|Mathieu Gauthier-Pilote]] from:<br /><br />''[[biblio:Les Français libres à leurs frères les Canadiens|Les Français libres à leurs frères les Canadiens]]''|}}
[[Image:Genet.gif|thumb|left|Edmond-Charles Genêt, Ambassador of the French Republic in the United States]]When we were groaning under an [[Wikipedia:Ancien Regime|arbitrary government]], when we could only feel sorry for your fate, regret the bonds that once linked us to you, and, while murmuring in secrecy on the treasons of which you had been the victims, when we did not dare more than you to raise up our heads curved under the yoke of servitude, a sterile indignation for the criminal behaviour of [[Wikipedia:List of French monarchs|our kings]] towards you was the only homage we could pay you.
But today we are [[Wikipedia:Freedom (political)|free]], we have reclaimed our rights, our oppressors are punished, all the parts of our administration are regenerated, and strong of the justice of our cause, of our courage and of the immense means which we have prepared to embank all the [[Wikipedia:Tyrant|tyrants]] of the world; it is finally in our capacity to avenge you and to render you as free as we are, as independent as your neighbours the Americans of the United States. ''Canadiens''Canadians, imitate their example and ours, the road has been drawn up for it, a magnanimous resolution can make you leave the state of abjection where you are plunged. It depends on you to reprint on your foreheads this first dignity that nature gave to man and that slavery had erased.
Man was born free. By which fate did he become the subject of his own brother? How did this strange upheaval of ideas, which made entire nations voluntarily subject themselves to remain the property of only one individual, take place? It is by the ignorance, the weakness, the pusillanimity of some, the ambition, the perfidy, the injustices, etc of others. But today when by the excesses of an unbearable domination, entire peoples, by rising up against their oppressors, have revealed the secret of their weakness and unveiled the iniquity of their means, how guilty are the nations which voluntarily remain in degrading irons and which, frightened by the sacrifice of a few moments of rest, devote themselves to a shameful inertia and voluntarily remain in servitude. Everything around you invites you to freedom; The country in which you live was conquered by your fathers. It owes its prosperity solely to their care and to yours, this land belongs to you, it must be independent.
This necessary revolution, this inevitable punishment prepares quickly in England. Everyday the [[Wikipedia:Republicanism|republican principles]] make sharp progress there and the number of the friends of liberty and France increases in a significant way; but do not wait the outcome of this event to reclaim your rights, work for yourselves, for your glory, do not fear anything of [[Wikipedia:George III of the United Kingdom|George III]], of his soldiers, in too small a number to successfully oppose your value, his weak army is retained in England around him by the murmurs of the English, and by the immense preparations of France, which do not allow him to increase the number of your torturers. The moment is favourable, and the [[Wikipedia:insurrection|insurrection]] is for you the holiest of duties, so do not hesitate and remind the men who would be coward enough to refuse to give their arms and their weapons to such a generous endeavour the history of your misfortunes. The cruelties exerted by England to make you pass under her authority. The insults you were given by agents who fattened themselves out of your sweats. Point out the odious names of [[Wikipedia:James Murray|Murray]] and [[Wikipedia:Frederick Haldimand|Haldimand]]; the victims of their ferocities. The obstacles that were put up to block your trade; the odious monopoly which irritates it and prevents it from increasing; the perilous trade missions which you undertake for the sole advantage of the English: Finally remind them that having been born French, you will always be envied and persecuted by the English kings, and that this title will be more than ever before a reason to exclude you from all employments.
[[Image:Declaration-des-droits-1789.jpg|thumb|Declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen, 1789]]Indeed, French people would treat their co-citizens as brothers and would be less worried to please the English despot than to render justice to the ''Canadiens''Canadians, they would not be so much concerned with contenting the kings, but rather their brothers: they would give up their places rather than making an injustice: they would prefer to pensions granted to them the sweet satisfaction to be loved and judged worthy of their origin. They would oppose a vigorous resistance to the arbitrary decrees of the court of London; of this perfidious court which granted Canada a [[Wikipedia:Constitutional Act of 1791|shade of constitution]] only by fear that it would follow the virtuous example of France and America; that by shaking its yoke it would base its government on the [[Wikipedia:Human rights|imprescriptible rights of man]].
Also, what advantages did you gain from the constitution that has been given to you, during the six months that your representatives have been assembled, did they ever give you any good law? Have they been able to correct any abuse? Did they have the power to free your trade from its obstacles? No, and why? Because all the means of corruption are secretly and publicly employed during your elections to tip the scale in favour of the English.
''Canadiens''Canadians, you have in you all that can constitute your happiness, enlightened, hard working, courageous, friends of the justice, industrious, why would you need to entrust the responsibility to govern yourselves to a stupid tyrant, an idiotic king whose whims can block your deliberations and leave you without any law for many years. Is it not as ridiculous to entrust to such a man located on the other extremity of the globe the care to be responsible for your dearer interests, as to see a ''Canadien'' Canadian farmer positioning himself at the source of the [[Wikipedia:Missouri River|Missouri]] to better manage his household.
Men have the [[Wikipedia:Self-determination|right to govern themselves]], laws must be the expression of the [[Wikipedia:General will|will of the people]] as manifested through the body of their representatives, no one has the right to oppose their execution, and yet we have dared to impose you an odious ''veto'' which the king of England reserved himself solely to prevent the destruction of abuses and paralyse your movements: here is the present that vile hired men dared to present you as a monument of benevolence from the English government. One very ingeniously compared the [[Wikipedia:legislative power|legislative power]] to the head of a man who conceives and the [[Wikipedia:executive power|executive power]] to the arms of the same man who carries out the work. If his arms refuse to do what the head considered to be necessary to the wellbeing of the whole body, deprived of any help he becomes sick and he dies.
''Canadiens''Canadians, it is time to leave the lethargic sleep in which you are plunged, arm yourselves, call to your help your friends the [[Wikipedia:Amerindians|Indians]], count on the support of your neighbours, and on that of the French. Swear to drop your weapons only when you are rid of your enemies, take the heaven and your conscience as witnesses of the equity of your resolutions and you will obtain what energetic men never claim in vain: freedom and independence.
''Summary of the advantages which the Canadiens Canadians can gain by freeing themselves from English domination.''
# Canada will be a free and independent State.
# It will be able to form alliances with France and the United States.
# The ''Canadiens'' Canadians will choice their government, they will appoint the members of the legislative and executive powers.
# The veto will be abolished.
# Every person who will have obtained the right of citizen of Canada will be eligible to all public functions.


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