Brexit Day

And so, today at 5 pm CST, the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Nigel Farage said goodbye a couple days ago.

As we have said since at least 21 June 2016, Mummy has joined our revolution at last. and today marks a milestone on her journey back to freedom. It’s not over (in truth, it never is) but the day marks a milestone, now it is up to Britain to make good on the promise that Boris made to the people.

Sumantra Maitra in The Federalist reflects on this, using the vehicle of the Royal Mint’s commemorative 50p coin, which states on its reverse “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations.” There is a strong echo there of Thomas Jefferson’s words in his 1801 inaugural where he spoke of  “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.” As Sumantra notes, real life has intruded on Jefferson’s words, and they will on Britain’s hopes as well. As Britain’s Prime Minister MacMillian once observed, “Events, dear boy, events” always intrude on intentions and hopes. That doesn’t mean they don’t matter, only that things intrude. Here’s a bit more from the article:

While America has given up on the realism of no “entangling alliances,” and Britain is not going to turn from a parliamentary monarchy to a constitutional republic any time soon, these words somehow reflect a new direction, a closing of the gaps that have been haunting for the last 30 or so years. As the rest of Europe grows ever distant and even antagonistic to the United States, one country, tethered not just by politics but by language, culture, kinship, and common law, will remain close.

This island now feels the same nationalism and optimism as its former colony once felt, trying to forge a shaky but independent way ahead, coming out of an empire.

What Does Freedom Mean to the United Kingdom?

The culmination of Brexit has been interesting. The prime minister notified the nation with a short tweet, without much fanfare or boisterous triumphalism. House of Commons leader and Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, quoting Edward Gibbon, reminded the country it is not economic prosperity but the true freedom — “the first of earthly blessings, independence” — which is the key.

True freedom is not just predicated on cheap, Chinese-made toasters and 40 different cuisines in the poshest corners of London. True freedom is the power to pull up the drawbridge and put a flag on the ramparts. If a country cannot make its own laws and guard its own borders, dictated instead by the rules of a foreign elite in a distant city, it is not truly free.

Or on their desk in Brussels, even if it means having your speech cut off.

Nevertheless, sometimes upheaval is necessary, and what an upheaval Brexit was. There’s a pearl of odd conventional wisdom among Anglo-American conservatives that the only reason for survival is to conserve the existing order. But what if the existing order is steadily progressive, or worse, not just progressive but actually revolutionary? Do you still conserve an order that is determined to transform the very existence of your society?

Everything is relative. To the earnest, late-’80s, Soviet Communist Party man, conserving the USSR empire would be important, but the people decided against it. To an American conservative, preserving the managerial ruling of the Obama years with its global climate accords and Title IX kangaroo courts at universities, not to mention encroaching transgender madness in all aspects of society, would be madness. Likewise, Brexit was a reaction — because sometimes conserving isn’t enough. A restructuring and overthrow of the ruling progressive edifice is needed.

And that is what we mean in Anglo-American history as completing the revolution. To understand it helps to see history as a wheel, sometimes, as in  1215, 1642, 1688, 1776, and 2016, the wheel gets stuck upside down, and then we need to give it a push – to complete the revolution, and continue our journey.

And so, Great Britain has reached a milestone. Herman Wouk in War and Remembrance had Pug Henry comment on New Years Eve 1942 that there was “Plenty of hell behind and plenty more in front.” So it is with Brexit (the age of Trump, too). But it is a milestone, perhaps analogous to the Battle of Saratoga. Although it is interesting to note that one of the American heroes of that battle was Benedict Arnold. One hopes there is not a counterpart in the part of Brexit yet to come.

And so to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, A constitutional parliamentary monarchy, if they can keep it.

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14 Responses to Brexit Day

  1. audremyers says:

    And keep it they must.

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  2. the unit says:

    After following the Brexit thing pretty closely for a pretty long while, it’s been on the back burner, and on low lately. I remember the Parliament voting for not accepting a “no deal” deal.
    And what I read today on Fox website says Johnson did some kind of deal. Still to be resolved about borders and trade.
    So it’s still about following the globalist agenda and all the money. Who, what, where, and when the enslavement happens. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      It’s no done, but is pretty much baked in the cake that they will not be members, all else is yet to be settled. Well, the War of 1812 ended very similarly to that. If Boris wants to remain PM, he’s gonna have to do a decent job, I think. But yeah, he’s not Trump, by any means. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Guess I sound pessimistic. What’s the old saying about vigilance though?…Watch out for “screw the pooch.” 🙂
        BTW. Read couple of pages at Fox of comment compliments…no remainer trolls at that time.

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        • NEO says:

          Had a few at TCW this morning, saying the same wrong things they’ve saying since the referendum – rather like when we used to get snow on the TV.

          Yep, never trust a politician. That includes bot Boris and Trump as well. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Went to TCW and saw lots of interesting reading.
          Not this being one, but time for a joke about pols… 🙂
          Having arrived at the gates of heaven, Barrack Obama meets a man with a beard.

          “Are you Muhammad?” he asks. “No my son, I am St. Peter; Muhammad is higher up.” Peter then points to a ladder that rises into the clouds.

          Delighted that Muhammad should be higher than St. Peter; Obama climbs the ladder in great strides, climbing up through the clouds and coming into a room where he meets another bearded man.

          He asks again, “Are you Muhammad?”

          “Why no,” he answers, “I am Moses; Muhammad is higher still.”

          Exhausted, but with a heart full of joy he climbs the ladder yet again. He discovers a larger room where he meets an angelic looking man with a beard. Full of hope, he asks again, “Are you Muhammad?”

          “No, I am Jesus, the Christ … you will find Muhammad higher up.”

          Muhammad higher than Jesus! Man, oh man! Obama can hardly contain his delight and climbs and climbs ever higher. Once again, he reaches an even larger room where he meets this truly magnificent looking man with a silver white beard and once again repeats his question:

          “Are you Muhammad?” he gasps as he is by now, totally out of breath from all his climbing.

          “No, my son … I am Almighty God, the Alpha and the Omega, but you look exhausted. Would you like a cup of coffee?”

          Obama says, “Yes please!” God looks behind him, claps his hands and yells out: “Hey Muhammad — two coffees

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        • NEO says:

          I likee! 😀

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        • the unit says:

          I recant, like i.e. apology, of sorts. A joke the Clinton’s would tell. Oh well, that’s they’re just pols. I wouldn’t take coffee under such, got to be fake.

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  3. Nicholas says:

    Bravo Zulu, friend. Thank you for your support and wishes and prayers for us over the years. Together, we Anglo nations must stand (as well as compete, strangely enough). To protecting each other and our own interests.

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