The Huguenots had lost their great hero. Henry is rumored to have said about his converting to the rival religion “Paris is well worth a mass.”
That is a common rallying cry of men without principle. It could be the motto of many a politician, to whom public opinion is them what wind is to a weather vane. The men that think that they have power by compromising, yet actually lost the greatest power on earth to the one they make the concessions to-the power of self-government.
These are the men that believe that evil men can be appeased with concessions, just as they themselves can be appeased with votes. They believe assurances of “we want no Czechs” and hold papers over their heads proclaiming “peace, peace in our time!” They make alliances with the devil for power, and would rather, like the Romans at the end of their empire, buy off Alaric than go out and fight him.
That is the danger of loving power more than principle. But the love of the people is fickle. The same crowd that cried Hosanna one day, a week later, cried “Crucify him!” Many emperors of Rome were killed by legions that had once sworn allegiance to them.
Compromising for power is the ultimate loss of power. In the words of Henry Clay “I would rather be right than be president.”
Through His Strength We Will Conquer,
Andrew C. Abbott