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Yesterday, the United Kingdom formally left the European Union. Good for them, and congratulations to our cousins across the pond! I have looked forward to this day for years, and I’m happy for them.
There’s been discussion and debate about how pro-Brexit Brits should celebrate this event — or even if they should celebrate at all. Many among the significant fraction of the population that opposed the exit — the “remainers” — reportedly take umbrage at the seeming insensitivity of the happy revelers.
The situation reminds me of something that happened here in America back during the Obama years. On June 30, 2015, the White House was illuminated in rainbow lights in celebration of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, which claimed to discover within the Constitution a right to same-sex marriage.
I think the Brexit parties are as appropriate as the rainbow White House was inappropriate. The people of Britain have, through the democratic and representative process, enacted their will. In contrast, in its Obergefell decision, the Supreme Court imposed its will upon a nation despite the objection of a significant fraction, and perhaps a majority, of the population, and with neither democratic nor representative endorsement.
Our system allows that, and I accept it: the Supreme Court ruled, and the law has effectively been made. But, as happened so often during the Obama years, the decision to illuminate the White House was a symbolic finger in the eye of the unwashed masses of middle America, the deplorable hicks and rubes of flyover country, who hadn’t yet accepted the wisdom of their moral superiors on the matter of same-sex marriage.
The British people earned their celebration, and I share their joy. It’s the kind of thing that should be reserved for occasions, such as this, when the people actually win.