England, once the cradle of liberty, summarily imprisoned Tommy Robinson for his daring to report on the trial of accused Muslim sex groomers.
I have an unhealthy weakness for Britain’s Daily Mail, a crazy amalgam of news, gossip, and human interest. Right now, there’s a story playing out in England that ought to be on the Daily Mail’s front page, with the 26 point headline . . . but it’s not, and the Daily Mail’s silence is part of the story. Its silence perfectly symbolizes that liberty is an endangered species in the West. To understand quite how bad things are, though, I need to take you through two preliminary discussions, one talking about England as the cradle of American liberties and the other talking about Tommy Robinson, a familiar name in England if not in America.
We Americans like to think that we originated the liberties embodied in our Bill of Rights. You know the ones I mean: No state religion nor any prohibitions against practicing our chosen faiths, speech free from government constraints, a free press, the right to peaceable assembly, the right to petition government, the right to bear arms, the right to due process of law, and so many more rights.
The truth, though, is that these core rights of individual liberty originated in Britain. They were part of a long process beginning with the Magna Carta and culminating with the English Bill of Rights of 1689. That document was limited to Protestants and had other constraints our Founders jettisoned, but it was the Founders’ inspiration inspiration. Other inspirations came from British writers and thinkers such as John Locke and Adam Smith. Indeed, up until the Revolution itself, all of the Founders would have called themselves Englishmen, both free and proud.
So it was that our Revolutionary War came about, not because Americans had discovered new rights, but because they were protesting the British government’s policies denying them their old rights. It is no exaggeration to say that England is the cradle of American liberty — although I would argue that the infant liberties nurtured in that British cradle came to glorious maturity in America.
Meanwhile, back in England, those liberties have slowly been stifled in the cradle and have now begun to rot. The stifling began back in the 18th century. It was then that, to strike back against the nascent America rebellion, the British announced that any limitations on government power set out in the 1689 Bill of Rights applied only to the crown (which has steadily decreased in power and authority until now it’s nothing more than a glorified wedding theme park), and placed no limitations at all on Parliament, the fount of all English law.
Despite Parliament’s position, for almost two centuries the British still believed in those rights. That’s why both Parliament and the Courts kind of, mostly acted as if the English people had inherent rights to freedom of worship, speech, press, assembly, arms, etc.
Beginning with the socialist takeover after WWII, and continuing with accelerating, exponential fury since then, those rights have vanished from England. The same identity politics that American Progressives started with Obama and hoped to finish with Hillary (hence their rage at Trump’s victory), are ascendant in Britain. Any speech that is not pro-Islam, pro-LGBTQWRSTUV, pro-third wave feminism, or pro any of the other shibboleths of the ascendant Left is considered hate speech and criminalized. All of England is like some giant Ivy League campus, except for the addition of the power to arrest and imprison anyone who violates those totalitarian norms.
One need only look to recent stories out of England to understand how far gone that country is. The government imprisoned a man for the stupid prank of teaching a dog to do a Nazi salute on command, convicted a man for giving the finger to a traffic camera, and arrested a woman for saying “Have a gay day.” While the British are busy policing any thought deviations, the flip side is that their police did nothing for decades as Muslim gangs all over Great Britain groomed and pimped thousands of non-Muslim children (see, e.g., Rotherham, the most famous, but not the only example). The police also sat on their hands despite knowing that thousands of highly placed British officials and entertainers had been engaged in vile, widespread acts of pedophilia for decades.
In a nation in which only the government carries guns, acid attacks and knife attacks have spiked so much . . . that the government responded by banning sharp objects in London. Meanwhile, an elderly man who wrested a screwdriver from a robber threatening him in his own home, and who killed the robber in the ensuing struggle, was arrested for murder. An Englishman’s home is no longer his castle; it’s the antechamber to a government prison. The streets are prisons too, for Britain is watching its citizens’ every move with millions of close-circuit cameras. [Read more…]