We can only imagine how much more suffering and governmental corruption the French people of the day would have put up with if King Louis XVI was elected by the populace to four-year terms in office with a limit of eight years.
Instead of rising up and overthrowing their haughty King and putting him and his conceited, arrogant wife to the guillotine as they did, the public response might have been more like, "Ehh.. He only has a couple more years in office.. Let's just patiently wait for the next election".
Then the people could have had more time to eat cake
But July 14th was also important day in history here in the US
On this date in 1798, President John Adams pushed through and got passed the Sedition Act making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.
Of course who interpreted what is 'false' or 'malicious'?
Same entity one would criticize..
In reality it was to muzzle people from speaking out against a deeply insecure little Massachusetts man and his political party, the Federalists
Some examples of that era of people being punished for expressing their Constitutionally protected thoughts and opinions in criticism of the Government: (source: Wikipedia)
Callender, already residing in Virginia and writing for the Richmond Examiner, was indicted in mid-1800 under the Sedition Act and convicted, fined $200 and sentenced to nine months in jail.
** $200 then was like paying $20k today..
Benjamin Franklin Bache -- editor of the Aurora, a Democratic-Republican newspaper. Bache had accused George Washington of incompetence and financial irregularities, and "the blind, bald, crippled, toothless, querulous Adams" of nepotism and monarchical ambition.
He was arrested in 1798 under the Sedition Act, but he died of yellow fever before trial.
Brown was arrested in Andover, Massachusetts, but because he could not afford the $4,000 bail, he was taken to Salem for trial in June 1799.
Brown pled guilty but Justice Samuel Chase asked him to name others who had assisted him. Brown refused, was fined $480, and sentenced to eighteen months in prison, the most severe sentence ever imposed under the Sedition Act.