EVERYTHING FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE
« FOR THE HONOUR OF FRANCE, FOR THE SACRED INTERESTS OF HUMANITY »
(Napoleon the Great, Saturday 8th of March 1800)
« It’s forbidden to steal off the State… HONI SOIT QUI MANIGANCE »
« I WANT, BY CONTINUAL SURVEILLANCE, DISLOYALTY TO BE PUNISHED, AND THE LEGAL USE OF PUBLIC MONEY ENSURED.»
(NAPOLEON THE GREAT, 16th of September 1807)
SINCE SATURDAY THE 15th OF SEPTEMBER 2007
WE RESTORE THE CITIZEN TO HIS PLACE AT THE HEART OF THE REPUBLIC
ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE CREATION OF THE COURT OF ACCOUNTS
WE DEMAND :
AN END TO THE WASTING OF OUR TAXES
- A reform of the finances of the State, under the guidance of the Court of Accounts.
- A constitutional ban on state budgets that present deficits.
- That budget cuts be made on the waste of resources, and not on the education, health care or security of the French people.
The aim here is to affirm the priorities of the State in terms of public spending. Our inspiration here comes from previous rebuilding of France in 1800 – 1803, 1848 – 1852, 1945 and 1958, with the reorganisation of the State’s finances around the common good.
The Court of Accounts was created by Napoleon the Great on the 16th of September 1807 to ensure that the principles quoted above be respected. The Declaration of the Rights (and Duties) of Man (1789), on which the Constitution of our Fifth Republic is based, declares that citizens have the right to hold any public servant to account. The money paid by the French people must therefore be spent in harmony with their interests, and the Court was founded with this aim. In order not to to demand useless and heavy sacrifices from those who pay taxes, the Court also has the duty to draw attention to expenses that do not contribute to the “happiness, interests and glory of the French People” (Quote from Napoleon’s coronation oath as Emperor of the French, on the 2nd of December 1804).
Consequently, the respect due to this principle demands that reductions in spending do not cause prejudice to education (which under Napoleon received more money than the other domains in his budget), health care, or the security of human beings. It should be noted that those of our fellow European citizens and foreign residents legally resident on our soil, who pay taxes and respect our laws, also benefit from these dispositions.
THE DEFENCE OF OUR PUBLIC SERVICES
- That the State stop selling our public services.
- That recruitment become a priority of public services and that the budgets be drawn up to favour the creation of jobs.
- That public services be maintained in remote urban areas and in the countryside, in particular the postal service and public transport, in order to impede the desertification of our rural areas.
Our public services are part of our national heritage because they are built on our work and the money from our taxes. This contract between generations cannot be contested without insult to the principles of fraternity and solidarity which are guaranteed by our laws since the Civil Code of 1804.
Certain persons dispute the value of this vision of society. If we are not of this opinion, it is in part because it is only possible to sell profitable services. As this leaves only services that the State cannot sell in the hands of the State, this tendancy can only worsen the deficit of State funds, leading to higher taxes and the reduction of budgets for education, health and security.
This consideration apart, the policy of communication of Napoleon the Great and of Napoleon III put in place our structures and social progress (health insurance, retirement pensions, soup kitchens, housing and food at a price affordable for all, street lighting, the supply of drinking water and its treatment) via massive building of roads, canals and railways. By thus linking the capital and the provinces, they allowed people and goods to circulate, relaunching the economy in the service of Humankind.
Today, faced with the wish of certain people to leave our rural areas and our remote urban zones to die from suffocation, we raise the Bonapartist standard to ensure for the generations of Tomorrow the preservation of the heritage that our predecessors left to us Yesterday. We wish thereby to allow local commerce to survive by feeding our rural areas, and thus reduce the crisis of housing and unemployment.
THE RESTORATION OF OUR INSTITUTIONS
- That schools become once more places where citizenship is learnt (re-establishment of civic instruction)
- That the medical personnel of France be regularly consulted in order to better serve the needs of our healthcare system.
- That our elected representatives set an example during national crises (heatwave, hurricanes, floods etc.) by adding their efforts to those of their fellow citizens.
From 1800 to 1995, our schools had the duty to form responsible citizens aware of their rights and duties. Having observed the current tendancy to empty our schools of all respect for others (and by the same token, of self-respect), we demand the re-establishment of civic instruction, in order to teach successive generations respect for the rights and duties of each of us.
We also demand the participation and the responsibilising of citizens in public affairs, in particular by their professional branch. We therefore make information and prevention a priority of the State by the forming of responsible and forewarned citizens. According to the principle established by our four emperors and their heirs (including ourselves), during harsh winters, heatwaves and floods, we demand that the representatives of the People set an example in such situations.
For more information :
- The article (in French) on the Court of Accounts by Philippe Seguin in the Revue Napoléon of Autumn 2007.
- Yesterday! Today! Tomorrow! by Paul-Napoléon Calland, President of the BONAPARTIST MOVEMENT (available here).