The mayor of London is a popular and controversial “conservative” (the word means something different there) named Boris Johnson. He’s a colorful figure who has been a mainstay of British politics for years, and like many Americans, he’s not afraid to speak his mind.
Recently, President Obama decided to jump into a wholly European debate that is raging across the pond, over Great Britain’s decision to exit the European Union (EU). Popularly called, “Brexit” (for the British Exit from the EU), the people of Great Britain have grown tired of the weight that is the EU holding them back. As such, they recently voted to leave the Union and it has liberals all over the world in a huff.
Which is where President Obama comes in. The President recently urged Great Britain to reconsider their exit and to instead remain a part of the Union. This decision to get involved in Britain’s internal debate has made more than a few Brits upset, which is why Mayor Johnson has decided to tell our President to shut his pie hole.
I love America. I believe in the American dream. Indeed, I hold that the story of the past 100 years has been very largely about how America rose to global greatness – and how America has helped to preserve and expand democracy around the world. In two global conflicts, and throughout the Cold War, the United States has fought for the founding ideals of the republic: that government of the people, by the people, for the people should not perish from the earth.
So it is on the face of it a bit peculiar that US government officials should believe that Britain must remain within the EU – a system in which democracy is increasingly undermined…
There is no country in the world that defends its own sovereignty with such hysterical vigilance as the United States of America. This is a nation born from its glorious refusal to accept overseas control. Almost two and a half centuries ago the American colonists rose up and violently asserted the principle that they – and they alone – should determine the government of America, and not George III or his ministers. To this day the Americans refuse to kneel to almost any kind of international jurisdiction. Alone of Western nations, the US declines to accept that its citizens can be subject to the rulings of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. They have not even signed up to the Convention on the Law of the Sea. Can you imagine the Americans submitting their democracy to the kind of regime that we have in the EU?
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