240 years ago today, a group of brave men staged the first Brexit. I doubt any of them had a clue what they where getting themselves into- in the form of the struggles and tragedy of war against the world’s greatest super power of that day, as well the amazing nation that they were bringing to life. Nonetheless, these men committed wholeheartedly– pledging “to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
The leadership and dedication of those men is noteworthy. It is also unfortunately very much absent from national and world leaders today. This morning, the leader of the anti-EU party in Britain quit, saying,
“I have never been, and I have never wanted to be, a career politician. My aim in being in politics was to get Britain out of the European Union,” Farage told reporters.
“During the referendum campaign, I said ‘I want my country back’. What I’m saying today, is, ‘I want my life back,’ and it begins right now.” -Nigel Farage
That’s it. He got what he wanted, and now he’s leaving the mess for someone else to clean up.
Lest we think such boorishness is confined to our British friends, we should examine the political leaders in our own country. How many of them are willing to forego their own personal resources, ambitions, and very lives to advance the cause of their nation? In this age of super PACs and national parties funding multi-billion dollar campaigns, I don’t see a lot of leadership that has “skin in the game.”
Backing up one step further, though, I find myself asking whether the investment of our leaders reflects the investment of their constituency (meaning us)? Just about every pundit with a voice, and every citizen with a social media account is bemoaning the demise of our nation/world, regardless of their personal political bent. But is that possibly because our interests have shifted from the good of the many, to the good of me? Maybe we need a new “revolution” where we begin by putting our self interests a half-step behind the interests of our fellow citizen and fellow man?
Just an Independence Day thought.
Happy Birthday, USA!