Political Mosquito buzzes
April 26, 2012When during the National Assembly of France after their revolution in 1789 first gathered in a mansion built for the Duchess de Bourbon, representatives stood and discussed their politics and reform issues in front of the King.
Standing inside the grand ballroom with the King's chair at the head of the room on a raised platform, the Baron de Gauville explained about those who stood inside. "We began to recognize each other: those who were loyal to religion and the King took up positions to the right of the chair so as to avoid the shouts, oaths and indecencies that enjoyed free reign in the opposing camp."
On the right those assembled were conservatives, reactionaries, capitalists, merchants, monarchists; while those on the left were progressives, social liberals, social democrats, and anarchists.
Some diaries describe this assembly as a gathering of long winded expounders who made the air a combination of old garlic and bad breath, hard to breathe and made it difficult to even take a breath. It was like a swamp.
And, so the contemporary press began to refer to each within their arguments as a 'right wing' position or 'left wing' of which both terms referred to the chair at the front of the French Assembly and refer to the opposing sides of those standing in the room. While those in the middle were referred to as standing in the 'marsh.'
After some months, as the Assembly took shape in making new laws the process in the great room became referred to as 'the swamp; with the various steaming animals. Or it was sometimes called the forest and each standing representative was like a tree. The throughway to pass by the old oaks, listen to the pines, or stop and respect the tall whispering elms was sometimes called the creek.
As for, while those who stood in the middle and took no sides were called 'standing in the marsh,' so it became proper for some who agreed with points in standing from the right, and offered to help with settlements offered by ideas from the left to become referred to as 'Mosquitoes.'
While the left is considered the party of movement, the right considered the party of order, those in the middle were of the marsh.