THE PEOPLE TO FEAR... Napolean Bonaparte

CAMPAIGN 2016: Looking for a little wisdom from past leaders

The people to fear are not those
who disagree with you...

but those who disagree with you
and are
too cowardly
to let you know.

Napoleon Bonaparte

AHHH... THE ONES WHO WILL STAB YOU IN THE BACK. When you are alone. In the voting booth. At their desks. In the back of the room.

Politicians face the same dangers as the rest of us who lead... people who are resentful over not being chosen, acknowledged or rewarded. Or those who are angry — of whom there are many now.

The people to fear are those who disagree and never speak. They have great power. And you often don't know until after they have spoken.


Carl Francis



Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again in 1815.

Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade, waging a series of military campaigns. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815.

One of the greatest commanders in history, his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. He also remains one of the most celebrated and controversial political figures in human history.

Napoleon had an extensive and powerful influence on the modern world, bringing legal and other reforms to the numerous territories that he conquered and controlled, including parts of Switzerland, Italy and Germany.

His greatest legal achievement, the Napoleonic Code, has influenced the legal systems of more than 70 nations around the world. British historian Andrew Roberts stated, "The ideas that underpin our modern world—meritocracy, equality before the law, property rights, religious toleration, modern secular education, sound finances, and so on—were championed, consolidated, codified and geographically extended by Napoleon. To them he added a rational and efficient local administration, an end to rural banditry, the encouragement of science and the arts, the abolition of feudalism and the greatest codification of laws since the fall of the Roman Empire."

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