A senior official of the Obama “administration” has gotten himself into hot water by telling Britain what to do. Obama’s view, apparently, is that it is in the interests of the United States that Britain should remain a mere satrapy or vassal state of the hated European tyranny-by-clerk, and should not think of leaving.
So let me introduce your Kenyan president to Thomas Jefferson. Come with me, Barack, into the rotunda of the Jefferson Memorial, pre-eminent among the numerous wonderful examples of the High Classical Revival in your nation’s glittering capital.
There you will see a dignified statue of the great man, 19 feet high. Inscribed on the frieze surrounding him, at his head height, is the following quotation from his many trenchant and always elegantly expressed contributions to the philosophy of government:
“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every tyranny over the mind of Man.”
When Jefferson gave your nation “a republic, if you can keep it,” he gave your nation democracy, too. Government of the people, by the people, for the people, as your 16th president, in the greatest speech ever made, neatly put it.
In the Old Country, we had had a similar moment 798 years ago, on the banks of the Thames at Runnymede, where the Barons of England (now the House of Lords) persuaded the ruthless King John that he must no longer govern by the arbitrary and capricious exercise of his will, but must instead accord to the people, and entrench by his signature on the Great Charter, the rights and freedoms we have enjoyed ever since.
Until the European Union came along. It is not just undemocratic but anti-democratic. Every five years, mere voters are permitted to participate in the pantomime of electing their representatives to the European “Parliament.” But the soi-disant “Parliament” is powerless. This Parliament of Eunuchs cannot even sire a bill.
Now, even the right of habeas corpus, the fundamental right not to be imprisoned without trial, has been swept away. Any tin-pot EU government can exercise the arbitrary powers of an absolute monarch by issuing a “European Arrest Warrant.” There is no trial. No extradition hearing. No requirement that there should be even a smidgen of prima facie evidence against the victim. He is arrested, brought before a judge to ensure that he is the person named in the warrant, bundled into a plane, and locked up and starved in some foul foreign calabozo for indefinite periods – often months at a time – without trial.
We Brits are not prepared to tolerate this disgusting reinvention of tyranny for a single instant longer. If we have anything to do with it, government of the bureaucrats, by the bureaucrats, for the bureaucrats shall perish forever from the Earth. Whether our governing class likes it or not, we are going to have a referendum on whether to stay in the EU or come out. We are going to vote to come out.
A recent Europe-wide opinion poll showed that 48 percent of the citizenry favored EU membership. No surprises there: Half the EU member states heavily subsidize the other half. Those on the receiving end are in favor of being on the receiving end.
The same poll, fascinatingly, showed 96 percent of Europe’s bureaucrats and politicians favoring the EU. Support for the tyranny among the tyrants is twice as great as among their victims.
The United Kingdom Independence Party, which – as its name implies – wants to win back independence for the United Kingdom, is now riding high in the U.K. It may even become the largest U.K. party in the European Parliamentary Pantomime next year.
What really frightens “Dave” Cameron, the massively inexperienced PR person who is now prime minister, is that UKIP now threatens his Tory Party in U.K. Elections, too. At the last election, a couple of years ago, we took enough Tory votes to prevent him winning an overall majority in Parliament.
Now his back-benchers are telling him to give us a referendum on whether we stay in or come out of the tyranny-by-clerk. Polls show two-thirds of us want to leave.
Why is it that “Democrats” are so anti-democratic? Our equivalent, the Labor Party, is at one with your president in opposing the notion of a referendum to let us decide whether we get our democracy and our independence back.
The left have always been, and will always be, dedicated supporters of tyranny. The National Socialist Workers’ Party of Germany, the Fascists of Italy, the Communists of Russia and China – all were parties of the hard left. So the last thing their political heirs today will countenance is the notion of letting the people decide whether to live under a stifling tyranny or whether to live in democracy and freedom.
It is an intriguing irony that we, from whom your nation won its freedom, now find ourselves reading and re-reading the great speeches and writings of your Founding Fathers, to relearn from them not just the rhetoric of freedom, but its meaning, too. God bless America!