By Matt Rooney
The United States and United Kingdom share a unique history and, as we’ve all heard many times before, an undeniably “special relationship.” It’s therefore appropriate (albeit no less sad for it) that our respective democratic traditions are in danger of unraveling simultaneously.
I’d actually go as far as to say that America and Britannia haven’t faced a joint threat of this magnitude since the darkest, most dangerous days of World War II when panzers and Messerschmitts blackened the landscape of Europe. If the West isn’t careful in the coming weeks and months? Extremely careful? We won’t recognize either nation in another ten years. The antagonists in this story don’t believe in nations, and they’re not too enthralled with the fine points democracy either.
Everyone reading this post already knows what’s going on here in this states. Before even having read the Ukrainian call transcript (now released) or scrutinizing the alleged whistleblower’s complaint, the Democrat Party, the Media that reliably serves its interests, the entertainment culture and a fair number of #NeverTrumper-type Republicans have coalesced around impeaching President Donald Trump. We’ve only seen the mother of all extraordinary removal processes invoked three times in our history (and Nixon quit before the reported articles of impeachment got a vote in the House).
Today, House Democrats are taking a much bigger risk than their counterparts in the early 1970s or late-1990s. For what, exactly? And why? TBD. The incredible leap they’re making in this unfolding drama – without any facts in evidence coming close to implicating a reasonable impeachable offense threshold – could be explained as more of the knee-jerk hyper-emotional hyper-partisanship characteristic of our age were it not for the fact that this Democrat Party made it clear, from the moment networks called Pennsylvania for Trump, that they never did and never would accept the result of the 2016 election. Ever.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Pond, it’s only been three years since a conservative government received clear orders from the people of the United Kingdom to declare their country’s own independence. The people no longer want to be subjects for Brussels. The Parliament’s ruling elite class and their High Court, however, have different ideas. They’ve thwarted each and every attempt by Johnson to carry out the wishes of the majority who voted to “leave” the European Union back in June 2016. Boris Johnson was elevated to the position of prime minister with the explicit mandate to carry out ‘Brexit’ after Cameron quit and May failed. Yet his own ministerial tenure is now imperiled for the “crime” of trying to do what he was elected to do.
By the way… in the U.K., Johnson’s party still leads Labour by 9-points.
Back here in the USA, only 37% of Americans think Trump should be impeached.
What’s happening? The globalist deep state is happening, folks.
There are a million nuances to American and British politics, but both countries in 2019 suffer from having entrenched, far-left cultural and political establishments that are actively at war with what they view as our respective country’s loathsome, anachronistic institutions: language, borders, nationalism, and – this is the important party – basic democracy.
The American framers designed a system to protect Americans from mob rule.
Today’s leftists are erecting a system designed to “protect” America from Americans.
Of course, this threat to the right of the people to rule themselves is nothing new. We’re experiencing a death by a thousand cuts, and the slow bleeding of our body politic is only now reaching a critical stage.
Big, flashy examples like this impeachment farce loom large in our collective consciousness; then there are much less obvious examples in recent years and decades which, candidly, most people don’t take the time to appreciate. Like “substantive due process” and those pesky penumbras.
“Understand well what this dissent is about: It is not about whether, in my judgment, the institution of marriage should be changed to include same-sex couples,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent to the Obergefell “gay marriage” decision. “It is instead about whether, in our democratic republic, that decision should rest with the people acting through their elected representatives, or with five lawyers who happen to hold commissions authorizing them to resolve legal disputes according to law. The Constitution leaves no doubt about the answer.”
The U.K. just had a similar experience when, as I briefly mentioned above, its own supreme court perpetrated a ‘constitutional coup’ and essentially ordered parliament back into session. Eleven justices, none of whom are elected, trashing centuries of constitutional tradition and constitutional monarchy in a single session.
They know what’s best for us. You, me, our businesses, our communities, and our families. Our votes are an inconvenience to their grand plans for us.
We have one famous example in the annals of our joint Anglo-American history concerning what can happen when governments decide they have a higher duty than responsiveness to their own people’s right to self-determination: 1776.
Okay. Listen up: I’m not expecting, advocating, or condoning rebellion (relax, my dearly beloved Leftist readers) like some social media meme-slinging armchair general. I haven’t given up hope. You shouldn’t give up hope. Our system isn’t perfect but it’s designed better than most as evidenced by how we’ve survived civil war, the Johnson impeachment crisis, Watergate, the 2000 recount and a hundred less grandiose but also serious impasses throughout our own country’s history. This is still an amazing country with amazing potential for good. I’m also a student of history, and there can be no doubt that American democracy is treading on dangerous territory. We’ve reached a moment of maximum peril when (1) the people of the West scream ‘enough,’ vote out the fools trying to mortgage our sovereignty and right the ship or (2) we descend into a one-way only future of the like which would make George Orwell’s skin crawl. An unrecognizable dystopian tomorrow where a handful of global oligarchs and their sycophants in the halls of power make all of the consequential decisions, hiding behind a thin veneer of “elections” which don’t really have any real effect.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it for you.
So yes, corny though some of you think it is, please pray, folks. Never stop praying. Ask for strength and wisdom. We also need to teach and vote like we’ve never done so before.
You know what Maggie Thatcher’s friend Ronnie had to say on the subject…
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
It’s no longer a hypothetical. Today’s Americans and Britons must now make this very choice. They’ll make it in the coming days. The world – Hong Kong, Venezuela and all point in between – will be watching closely.