Diary

"Imagine reading a news report that "U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi resigned this morning,"...

and it is expected that more than half of the members of Congress will either resign, choose not to run again or be defeated in next year’s election.”

Sound too good to be true? Well not quite. Senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, Richard Rahn, explains in a piece at the Washington Times yesterday the revolution that is underway in the U.K. and asks if the same shouldn’t be happening here.

This statement might seem to be a fantasy or a dream come true, but it is equivalent to the headlines the British public was treated to this past week. Effective June 21, Michael Martin will become the first speaker of the British House of Commons to resign since 1695 (a mere 314 years ago). The Times of London reports the expected “departure of 325 [out of 646] members of Parliament as a result of forced resignations, retirement, and defeat at the polls would represent the biggest clear-out of Parliament since 1945.”

 The following quote comes from a Brit (Robert Colvile), but could not the same comments be made about what is happening in the United States? “It is the general feeling that there are people who are using our money to fund lifestyles far beyond the average voter’s – and using their position to exempt themselves from the rules. Ordinary citizens are fined for sorting their rubbish incorrectly, or making an error on their tax return. MPs reconfigure the tax system to their own advantage. … We are hemmed in by laws and regulations they are free to ignore.”

Should not U.S. taxpayers have the right to know the details of the spending by each member of Congress, including each’s office allowance, expense account and nonchargeable use of government aircraft, limos, etc.?

Congress has just voted to require that we ordinary citizens use smaller and less safe cars in the name of combating global warming, but do you really think the leaders in Washington will give up their large limos? Mrs. Pelosi claims she needs a private jet to go back and forth to her district in California because of “national security.” Have you noticed that the blanket national-security claim is often nothing more than a cover to provide privileges and lack of transparency for the political elite?

I think we could all agree to answer in the affirmative. But there is one significant problem; The American press.

The British press also seems to have been a lot more aggressive than much of the mainstream media in the United States in ferreting out information about official wrongdoing and abuse.

James Delingpole of the U.K. Telegraph has a more accurate take on the problem in a piece he wrote chastising White House press spokeshole Robert Gibbs for his “sneering rant” about the British press.

Congratulations. Your presidential regime has managed to secure the most supine, slobbering, spineless, unquestioning media coverage since Enver Hoxha’s Albania.

The Brit press, to their credit, have figured it out.

We were still going through this sort of dumb-cattle phase where we still had some vestigial respect for politicians and trust that they knew what they were doing.

But we don’t respect politicians any more. Not our politicians, and not yours either. Imagine how this new strain of irreverence bordering on utter contempt is going to affect our reporting of political affairs. Actually, you’ve no need to imagine. Just read some of our Telegraph blogs.

Oh how I wish that the American press could learn from their brethern across the pond.

Rahn goes on to point out that maybe, just maybe, the seeds for a similar revolution have been planted here in America.

The day the British forced their speaker to resign was the same day (May 19) that the voters of California said no (by a 2-1 margin) to proposed propositions that would have led to more government spending and increased taxes but yes (by a 3-1 margin) to a proposition that prohibits elected officials from getting a pay raise when the government was running a deficit. (Is there any doubt that U.S. voters, if given a chance, would vote for the same pay freeze for Congress?)

Will a new American revolution follow the British one in dethroning much of the political class?

I say it has already started and that we must see it through to victory. The British experience should give hope to all who doubt our chances of prevailing.

Our media should be embarassed and ashamed that their counterparts in the U.K. are demonstrating the proper role of the press in a free society, a lesson they continue to ignore to the great detriment of our country.

All Americans should take note.