WASHINGTON, April 22, 2016 — President Obama delivered an economic threat to Britain today. During a joint news conference in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama warned, “The UK is going to be in the back of the trade queue” if the British vote to pull their country out of the European Union in a plebiscite scheduled for late June.
In moving out from under the authoritarian EU, they might preserve the ancient rights of Englishmen—the spark that lit the American Revolution—which according to Winston Churchill “are the joint inheritance of the English-speaking world and which through Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the English common law find their more famous expression in the American Declaration of Independence.”
Is it any wonder that Obama travels to the land of Shakespeare and demands that her majesty’s government surrender its “fortress built by Nature for herself, against infection and the hand of war … against the envy of less happier lands … this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England” to the whims of unelected and bloodless bureaucrats in jihad-infested Brussels?
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who is spearheading the campaign for Britain’s EU exit and is a likely challenger to Cameron’s Conservative Party leadership, asked, “Can you imagine Americans entrusting their trade negotiations to a body that comprised only 3.6 percent Americans? The idea is laughable.”
In a piece written for Britain’s Sun newspaper, Johnson recalled when early in his presidency Obama unceremoniously returned a small bust of Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the British Embassy. The bust had been a fixture in the Oval Office for nearly a decade.
“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire—of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender,” wrote Johnson.
Dinesh D’Souza points out in his book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage”:
With his anti-colonial background, Obama probably remembers Churchill as an imperialist who soldiered for the empire in India and Africa … and in 1942 famously said, ‘I have not become the king’s first minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire’ … In the 1950s, Churchill was prime minister during Britain’s fight against the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, the native country of Obama’s father. So when we apply the anti-colonial hypothesis, we find that the inexplicable Churchill [bust] incident suddenly makes perfect sense.
The Magna Carta, said Churchill, provides “a system of checks and balances which would accord the monarchy its necessary strength, but would prevent its perversion by a tyrant or a fool.”
Obama has made no secret of his contempt for such restrictions on tyrants and fools, saying in a 2001 interview with PBS that our Constitution’s enumerated powers and amendments protecting individual rights are “negative liberties” that “says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”
The reason for such inconveniences to government, of course, are found in the Declaration of Independence, which states, “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”
“The beautifully written words in the Declaration of Independence apply today in the same way as they did over 200 years ago,” writes Matthew Ellery at Britain’s Commentator. “The EU has destroyed Britain’s democracy, vesting law-making powers in the hands of 28 unelected EU Commissioners. Laws are made in secret by people we in Britain have not voted for and can’t remove. The EU status quo has betrayed the British people, and no struggle is too great to get our rights of self-government back.”
It’s nothing short of astounding that an American president should travel to Britain and demand they abandon the hard-won rights of the English-speaking peoples in favor of a primitive, top-down, precolonial tribalism.