Members of the Conservative Party,
Yesterday, Parliament experienced the largest rebellion from Tory Members since Prime Minister Cameron took office. Despite the potential of facing critical consequences for opposing the party line and pressure through the most stringent instructions from your party on how to vote, you stood your ground and insisted on voting in a way that represented your true beliefs on Britain’s decision to remain a part of the EU. I would like to congratulate you on an honest course of action and a truthful recognition of your obligation to stand by the people who elected you.
Many of the British people have suggested that Britain ought to hold a referendum on whether or not to remain a part of the European Union. In fact, a poll held by YouGov cited that over half of the British public wanted their Members of Parliament to vote in favor of this referendum on Europe—something that was promised, during the last parliament, by all three parties, and for Britain to ultimately leave the EU. (http://today.yougov.co.uk/politics/eu-referendum)
To ignore the will of the people for political interests and party politics would defy the purposes of democracy and betray the desires of millions of British citizens. Yesterday, the majority of Parliament did abandon their citizens, thanks to the other members of Cameron’s government and their support from the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.
The media is branding the eighty-one Conservatives who defied the three-line whip as ‘rebels,’ their insubordination, a ‘mutiny.’ Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg described the members’ actions as “launching a smash and grab dawn raid on Brussels.” The real rebels, however, are those who are trying to make failed institutions even bigger without any accountability to common sense, fiscal reason, or holding those who are worsening the problems responsible.
The response from those at Tahrir Square, the Wall Street occupiers, and the protestors at St. Paul's cathedral in London will be that they want true democracy and the voice of people to be heard. And yet those who actually stand for the people and empower them are the ones being called rebels. But history has seen these scenes and the tyrants they give birth to time and time again. Know this: you're on the right side of history.
John Locke believed in a limited state and a powerful society. He believed that too powerful a state was “inconsistent with civil society, and so can be no form a civil government at all.” founders on this side of the Atlantic recognized this truth as well, which is why our two nations remain brothers. The actions of Cameron and the other Members of Parliament exemplify the opposite of John Locke’s vision for equality and democracy. You, on the other hand, the eighty- one ‘rebels,’, are risking grave consequences to return political power to the people and away from remote and bureaucratic powers in the U.N.
Those who wish to consolidate their power even further have united globally. It is time for freedom lovers to understand that tyranny and the 'spontaneous' movements around the globe are uniting.
As your ally in America, I am extending myself. We must unite. There are eighty-one of you who stood your ground. There are millions in America, the Tea Party, and all over the globe, that feel the same way and will not sit down when they know what is right.
When we begin to unite, we can work together to defeat those trying to destroy our institutions and proudly begin advancing the causes of liberty and freedom.
Let us know what we can do to help.
-Glenn Beck and the GBTV Team