In Britain, it’s the Parliament that is sovereign; Is it time for the British people to have a national conversation about where political sovereignty ought to center? On the people, not the government.
WASHINGTON, June 26, 2016 — British Labor Party Member of Parliament David Lammy is less than pleased that a democratic majority of his countrymen voted to leave the European Union. “We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in Parliament,” Lammy said in a statement to the press.
“Our sovereign Parliament needs to now vote on whether we should exit the EU… Let’s not destroy our economy on the basis of lies and the hubris of Boris Johnson.”
The Donald Trump-like Boris Johnson, former mayor of London and likely Conservative Party replacement for outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, told the Daily Telegraph that attempts to unite Europe using undemocratic methods were tried by “Napoleon, Hitler, various people” and that such attempts ended “tragically.”
Lammy’s call to ignore the will of the British people may sound strange to American ears. But in Britain, it’s the Parliament that is sovereign, not the people.
Here in America, sovereignty rests in “We the People,” not collectively but individually. The original amendments to the U.S. Constitution guard the individual against the oppressive inclinations of the government and the political majority. Because, as Jefferson states in the Declaration of Independence, “all men are created equal” and no man can deny another his rights – all being “equal.”
But the authoritarian stiffs at the New York Times say Britain’s “leaving the European Union weakens a bloc that is the world’s biggest single market, as well as an anchor of global democracy. It also undermines the postwar consensus that alliances among nations are essential in maintaining stability and in diluting the nationalism that once plunged Europe into bloody conflict — even as nationalism is surging again.”
On occasion, you know, it may become “necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.”
At least that’s what it says in the Declaration of Independence. But in the view of authoritarians, like the stuffed-shirts at the New York Times, it’s the people that are instituted among governments, not the other way around.
You see, “consent of the governed” is considered a crime against humanity if it weakens “the world’s biggest single market” as an expression of patriotic “nationalism.”
America’s Declaration flouts the parochial notions of our self-proclaimed betters by saying when a governing body, like the EU, creates “a multitude of new offices” and sends “swarms of officers to harass” a people “and eat out their substance,” it is the “right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government… as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
Last week, Britons did just that.
Soon, it will be the 4th of July. And with Brexit falling so close to America’s Independence Day, it might be time for the British people to have a national conversation about where political sovereignty ought to center in jolly old England… all things – and men – being “equal.”Click here for reuse options!
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