What would have been your expectations for Napoleon?
Despite what others on the thread say, I admire Napoleon and view him as an absolute dictator who could, at the height of his power, done whatever he wanted. Whatever may have existed in writing or form of government I believe he could have changed.
Revolutions have their slogans, but ultimately, the primary aspect of any revolution is change. France had the old model, it ended up with Napoleon, it supported Napoleon, and it reaffirmed this support in 1815.
This was a HUGE step in human history. Common people had more opportunity under Napoleon. While was started in the Revolution, Napoleon defended it, and through his reign, demonstrated a huge state could be effective. No longer could the nobles of Europe claim that only they could run/manage a country, and it took their combined might to subdue France. Hence, a motivated peoples was demonstrably more effective than the top down nobility of the European monarchies.
Did Napoleon make mistakes? Of course, and I do believe the "Napoleon Mistake Drum" is beat regularly on this forum.
Because we'll never know what reality would have been like without the constant war, the above is enough to admire Napoleon. And again, if Napoleon dreamed of Alexander's exploits and dared dream/write about surpassing them, holy cow so what!!! It is clear that the only model some will except form this man is one of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus who resigned the day the barbarians were defeated. What was the difference? The DAMN BARBARIANS kept their word, that was the difference...
So again, what are you expectations? What model do you compare him to? And why is it so important to make sure we all know Napoleon wasn't [??? whatever your expectation is ???].