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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.

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  1. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    You “remainers” may report to Dolores Umbridge’s office immediately. 

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    • January 31, 2020, at 4:12 PM PST
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  2. CJ Inactive

    Obergefell is a crime against natural law and language itself.

    Brexit is an exercise in self-determination.

    It’s instructive which one must be foisted upon people from on high, and which one has been “foisted” on the government from below.

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    • January 31, 2020, at 4:32 PM PST
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  3. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    First the Left tainted the meaning of the rainbow — a symbol of God’s faithfulness to His promises. Then they splashed it all over the People’s House in lights. The Left is insufferable. 

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    • January 31, 2020, at 4:39 PM PST
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  4. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Henry Racette:

    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.

    Umbrage is cheap. Here, have a second helping.

    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.

    They had to stomp on a few leashes, but eventually the dogs did as they were told. Which is the way it is supposed to work.

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    • January 31, 2020, at 5:00 PM PST
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  5. Stad Thatcher

    RushBabe49 (View Comment):

    You “remainers” may report to Dolores Umbridge’s office immediately.

    We listened to BBC coverage. They’re called “remoaners” . . .

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    • February 1, 2020, at 7:21 AM PST
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  6. Gossamer Cat Coolidge

    Henry Racette: There’s been discussion and debate about how pro-Brexit Brits should celebrate this event — or even if they should celebrate at all.

    I’m surprised that anyone will be around to celebrate. Didn’t their society collapse after midnight?

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    • February 1, 2020, at 2:04 PM PST
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  7. Eridemus Coolidge

    I thought the rainbow white house was incredibly tasteless, too. So how many colored pattern “causes” in lights on its facade can we look forward to (without even a committee to deliberate the next one?) If we are going to have temporary wall mural effects could we not at least be sure they are not underscoring a divisive issue, but at least making an attempt to be unifying and patriotic?

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    • February 1, 2020, at 3:33 PM PST
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