June 22, 1940, France surrenders to Germany. Immediately, the country is divided into two factions, those opposing Hitler and the Vichy. The Vichy government was established by Marshal Pétain shortly after the surrender. The call was simple, in order to preserve France and her values, it is better to collaborate and capitulate to Hitler than it is to rebel. The Vichy’s entire purpose, or so they claimed, was to never surrender France’s values and identity, no matter who ruled her. They strived to prevent the country from being separated, as the German rules desired, into three provinces. The Vichy also claimed to be the resistance against Germany with their Armistice Army, all the while, they continued collaboration with Germany. The Vichy quickly garnered a reputation as rats who would turn anyone in who didn’t follow their ideals of French values, more often than not, turning on the real resistance.
This brings us to the French Resistance, La Résistance française. The French Resistance refused to capitulate to German rule. All of the activities the Vichy deemed as against their values, the Resistance took part in. Female resistance fighters prostituted themselves out to gather information. Fighters stole, burned buildings, murdered, and looted. They sabotaged German supply lines, they even supplied information to the hated Communist Russians. To the resistance, rule by the Nazis was far more of a threat than the immediate selling of their souls in many of the acts and alliances they had to make.
This brings us to the current day. When you hear calls of those who claim to be the resistance, look at what and how they are resisting. Are they willing to accept continued rule by an evil for the sake of not compromising personal values, or are they willing to sacrifice immediate values to eliminate a threat.
Of course, we aren’t being ruled by Hitler and there is no physical war on our soil. Neither is there a need or call for a physical rebellion. Yet interestingly enough, people call the ruler someone who is almost as bad as Hitler, yet aren’t willing to soil their lily white garments in the voting booth to do a thing about it. They tell you to just sit home, wait four years, hope for the best, pray for change, focus on other battles, and let the ruler keep his throne. These are the Vichy-Cons.