A Little Brit Stronger

Barb Wire

The war for Britain’s independence didn’t involve muskets and cannons, but ballots. And last night, the U.K. cast plenty of them in favor of leaving the suffocating authority of the European Union (E.U.). In a blockbuster vote that came down to the wire, the British people rocked the world with the decision to stand on its own in an increasingly dangerous world where autonomy could literally save people’s lives.

Despite calls from Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. meddlers Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and various E.U. leaders, a nation tired of having groupthink dictate its laws made its “Brexit,” sending shockwaves across the more than two dozen member states. After the U.K. voted 52-48 percent to take back its national identity, the floodgates across Europe opened. Suddenly, people in France, Italy, and the Netherlands are demanding their own referendums. Like the British, they see their individual needs vanish in a multicultural pot, as the E.U. consolidates more power. After decades of watching the Union’s courts and committees undermine British laws, the United Kingdom finally had enough.

Of course, it’s no surprise that America’s Left would intervene. President Obama and Hillary Clinton have been bullying world leaders on how to run their countries for eight years. But surely, Andrew Roberts scolds in the Wall Street Journal, “This is an issue on which the British people, and they alone, have the right to decide, without the intervention of President Obama, who adopted his haughtiest professorial manner when lecturing us to stay in the EU, before making the naked threat that we would be sent ‘to the back of the queue’ (i.e., the back of the line) in any future trade deals if we had the temerity to vote to leave.”

To the delight of conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the British people rejected the unwelcome and unsolicited advice of this White House. “The British people have indicated that they will no longer outsource their future to the E.U.,” Cruz praised, “and prefer to chart their own path forward. The United States can learn from the referendum and attend to the issues of security, immigration and economic autonomy that drove this historic vote. In addition, we should treat the ‘Brexit’ as an opportunity to forge a closer partnership with our historic friend and ally…”

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A teary Cameron, who stepped down in the wake of the seismic move for Europe, respected his country’s decision but believes he shouldn’t be the one overseeing the transition of a U.K. standing alone. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson, the biggest driver behind the “Leave” movement, celebrated a new dawn for Britain (as some resorted to their mindless name-calling chants of “hater” and “bigot,” “Fox and Friends” reported). In a nod to the oppressiveness of the Union, he cheered the opportunity for the nation to “pass our laws, set our taxes, entirely according to the needs of the U.K. economy…” More importantly, as terrorists march on the West and more than 350,000 people stream into his nation unchecked, he reassured voters that, “We can control our own borders, in a way that is not discriminatory but fair, and balanced and take the wind out of the sails of the extremists and those who would play politics of immigration. Above all, we can find our voice in the world again. A voice that is commensurate with the fifth biggest economy on earth — powerful, liberal, humane, an extraordinary force for good in the world.”

Here at home, Americans watched with fresh hope that they, too, can shrug off a radical and heavy-handed Obama administration, whose goal is to “fundamentally transform” our nation into just another liberal neighborhood in the global community. As Mark Davis pointed out in Townhall, “British voters trusted their instincts that several fundamental things in their nation were going very wrong, mostly at the behest of ideas that had subjugated their national identity. The same has happened in our own nation, and if we have the guts to vote accordingly in November, we can engineer our own exit, from years of inattention to the characteristics of a strong nation: borders that mean something, pride in who we are, and priorities that favor our own citizens.” If anything, Americans should be encouraged. Britain’s vote shows that resistance to globalism is still alive. And as much as the elites would like us to think countries can exist without borders, the people get it.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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