Concord 1775 and Brexit 2016 – The Empire Strikes Out

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“By the rude bridge that arched the flood, their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, here once the embattled farmers stood and fired the shot heard round the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Breathes there the man with soul so dead who never to himself hath said, this is my own my native land.” Sir Walter Scott

“In the end this decision is about the people, the right of the people in this country to settle their own destiny,” Former London Mayor and Brexit leader Boris Johnson on the vote to leave the European Union.

If America was born in Philadelphia in 1776, the labor pains began in Concord, Massachusetts, not far from where I live, on April 19, 1775. Last week, the British people fired their own historic salvo, by declaring their independence from an increasingly despotic European Union.

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Our British cousins had it somewhat easier than we did 240 years ago. All they had to do was get to a polling place and cast their ballots. The Colonial militiamen who fired the opening volley in our War for Independence faced the 18th century’s sole super power.

The battles of Lexington and Concord were followed by 8 years of bloody war. Britain’s separation from the EU will take several months of what promises to be – at worst – acrimonious negotiations.

The British media (leaning even further left than our own) claim the nation is now entering turbulent, uncharted waters. Our future is in jeopardy. However will we survive, they moan?

Britain has been a nation for a millennium. The European Union has existed for 23 years. It’s the EU whose survival is in doubt – with growing skepticism in France, the Netherlands and elsewhere. The anti-EU Front National will probably win the French parliamentary elections next year.

Special interests opposed both revolutions. The City of London, with its new Muslim mayor and the highest immigrant population in the country, voted 75% to 25% to remain on the S.S. Brussels as it steams toward its rendezvous with oblivion. The bankers, international financiers and power brokers claimed that for the nation with the world’s fifth largest economy, prosperity flowed from the EU – including the opportunity to trade with Croatia tariff-free.

During the American Revolution, the commercial centers of New York and Philadelphia were loyalist bastions. Wealthy merchants couldn’t understand why we’d want to give up the economic advantages of being part of an empire whose ships visited every port, even if it did exploit us from time to time.

Today, Britain is the rube at the county fair run by a bunch of Continental sharpies. Last year, it contributed 13 billion pounds toward the EU budget. Brussels sent back 4.5 billion pounds, along with increasingly absurd regulations. Apparently, nothing is too insignificant to escape its passion for control. There are reports that the European super-state plans to ban the best-selling toasters and tea kettles in Britain for failing to meet eco-standards.

Obama, who thinks the world is blessed with his advice on any subject, has been delivering his sanctimonious pronouncements to the American people for 7 ½ years, telling us bitter-clingers that opposition to internationalism is a mark of ignorance and backwardness.

In April, he lectured the British people on the referendum: “And in today’s world,even as we all cherish our sovereignty, the nations who wield their influence most effectively are the nations that do it through the collective action that today’s challenges demand.” Obama cherishes American sovereignty the way he cherished the lives of the four Americans who died in Benghazi. If we’d waited for collective action, World War II would have ended in the triumph of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan.

In a statement to the British Observer, HRH’s (Her Royal Hillary’s) senior policy adviser, Jake Sullivan, said: “Hillary Clinton believes that transatlantic cooperation is essential, and that cooperation is strongest when Europe is united. She has always valued a strong United Kingdom in a strong EU.”

As much as it’s ever been, Europe was united under Napoleon and Hitler. On both occasions, it was Britain that heroically defied a united Europe.

Has forcing the United Kingdom to take the type of immigrants who’ve brought jihad to its shores, and guidance by politicians like Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, made Britain stronger? Has tying its future to European states with massive debts and bloated public workforces, which refuse to economize, made Britain stronger?

On this side of the Atlantic, it’s not enough for the left to concentrate power in Washington. Increasingly, it wants to make power even further removed from the people, in whose name it claims to govern, by transferring it to international bodies like the United Nations – our European Union.

The American Revolution wasn’t about the colonists’ refusal to pay a tax of pennies a pound on tea. It was over the refusal of a people who had developed their own identity to be ruled by a monarch and his ministers across the sea. It was about Americans being tried in English courts and taxed by a parliament in which they had no voice.

After the referendum, Johnson declared that once Britain is out of the EU, it will be able to “pass our own laws, set our taxes, entirely according to the needs of the U.K. economy…We can control our own borders, in a way that is not discriminatory but fair.”

Following the Brexit vote, three million sore losers have signed an online petition demanding another referendum on EU membership. How like the left: We’ll keep voting until we get what we want. Then we’ll stop.

After the American Revolution, as many as 50,000 Tories moved to Canada and other parts of the British Empire. Let Brits who crave continued EU rule move to Belgium where they can remain in their comfy Euro-cage.

First published at GrasstopsUSA

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Don Feder
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,

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