Brexit Highlights the Enduring Value of Federalism
Regardless of other economic, political and social implications of Britain's vote yesterday to depart the European Union, it highlights a value at the core of America's governmental system: federalism.
On this side of the Atlantic, decades of almost uninterrupted centralization of authority at the national level has necessarily come at the expense of more localized decisionmaking. Our own unfortunate experience has been an increasingly homogenized, sterilized, conformist, bureaucratic, technocratic, remote, suffocating, uniform, top-down, one-size-fits-all leviathan. Ironically, those on the political left who so often pretend to value "diversity" defend that erosion of federalism most enthusiastically. They expose themselves as intolerant of true diversity, freedom and independence…[more]
Nothing stirs the passions of Democrats these days quite like the prospect of gutting the Constitution. In an unprecedented act of pretend political bravery, House members held a catered sit-in, demanding that Republicans allow a vote to strip away protections of Second, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. It was quite the scene.
There were the selfie-happy Democrats singing "We Shall Overcome" while demanding passage of a bill that those right-wing nutjobs over at the American Civil Liberties Union have "strongly" argued would undermine civil liberties. As of this…
"The Spanish Armada, Waterloo, the Battle of Britain and Brexit: Once again 'Little England' boldly defied a European tyranny. ... This was a triumph of democracy over bureaucracy, of the average citizen over a new aristocracy, of cherished identity over the left's dreams of a global meta-state. For now, economic hysteria reigns, irrational, vindictive and bewildered. But just as things never turn…[more]
—Ralph Peters, LTC, USA-Ret., Author, Columnist and Commentator
— Ralph Peters, LTC, USA-Ret., Author, Columnist and Commentator