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Hannan is no forlorn hope

So you’ve got Larry Elder say this

While President Obama busies himself changing the very foundation that made America great, he might sign an executive order — granting immediate citizenship to Daniel Hannan.

I can agree with him in spirt but fully understand Daniel Hannans Response

Larry Elder wants Barack Obama to sign an executive order granting me immediate US citizenship. Many Britons, of course, have gratefully made the journey. Even that great patriot Oliver Cromwell toyed constantly with the idea of emigration. Thomas Jefferson confidently boasted that, while many Europeans would take themselves across the Atlantic, few Americans would return – a prediction that came spectacularly true.

Believe me, Larry, when I say that I’m flattered. Your founders were men of matchless vision. The constitution they agreed was the most sublime political accord ever drafted. Its precepts made you happy, prosperous and free. Its promise drove your fathers to bring liberty to other continents.

Hannan then goes on the explain why a weekend spent in the English counrtyside, makes him want to stay and fight for the Britain that he wants to see. He knows what he faces.

Heaven knows my country has its problems. Our Parliament has been vitiated, our local councils scorned. Our public services are increasingly run by and for their employees. Britain is almost the last place in the Western world where you’d want to fall ill. (Labour politicians are trying to fabricate a row about the fact that I made this point on Sean Hannity’s programme, but everyone knows it to be true.) Our people are governed, not by their elected representatives, but by quangoes, human rights judges and Eurocrats.

Then again, each of these problems has its solution. Indeed, several solutions could usefully be imported from your country: dispersed jurisdiction, states’ rights, the separation of power, open primaries, regionalised welfare, elected sheriffs, a local sales tax. I’ve even co-written a book showing how all this could be done in just one 12-month parliamentary session: it’s called The Plan.

Hannan in no forlorn hope and I see good things from him in the future.

And where did the ideology that actuated the American Revolution originate? Who first came up with the idea that laws should be passed only by elected legislators? We did. That idea was Britain’s greatest export, our supreme contribution to the happiness of mankind.

Forget subsequent flag-waving histories of the War of Independence, and go back to what the colonist leaders were arguing at the time. They saw themselves, not as revolutionaries, but as conservatives. In their eyes, they were standing up for what they had assumed to be their birthright as freeborn Englishmen. It was Great Britain, they believed, that was abandoning its ancient liberties.

And here, my friends, is Britain’s tragedy. The things those colonists feared – the levying of illegal taxes, the passing of laws without popular consent, the sidelining of Parliament – have indeed come about. They have come about, not as the result of Hanoverian tyranny, but in our own age, driven by rise of the quangocracy and the EU.

To put it another way, British freedoms thrive best in America, and British patriots should be campaigning to bring them home. I’ll be staying here, Larry, working to repatriate our revolution.

And just think it all started with this
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And it has been veiwed over 2mill times