Tag Archives: Parliament

Hugh Hewitt: The Election You Need to Be Watching

Our nation’s election is still eleven months out. We all should be watching closely as an election of enormous consequence unfolds in the United Kingdom on Thursday.

If Boris Johnson is returned to No. 10 Downing Street with a strong Conservative majority in Parliament, the United Kingdom can finally and with certainty be free of the European Union.

With such a win, the bureaucrats of Brussels will have received a lesson they will not easily forget.

Indeed, the stakes are high:

The free world requires economic growth and military preparedness. Johnson is committed to free markets and to maintaining and expanding the British military, especially its fleet of four Vanguard-class submarines that make up a crucial part of the West’s nuclear deterrent.

The U.S. needs the strength that would come from a U.K finally disentangled from the E.U.

I am rooting for Boris Johnson and the Tories, and you should be too.

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Dan Proft: Trump the Burkean?

In 1774, the father of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke, delivered a speech to the electors of Bristol-the people he would represent in the British Parliament. He said: “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”

In other words, a legislator is not supposed to be a human weather vane—simply following the majority opinion at all times.

The same is true for a chief executive.

Whether you think it is out of hubris or philosophical grounding, President Trump is the most Burkean President since Reagan.

Most of our recent presidents have governed from the back of the parade of public opinion rather than choosing to form it at the front.

If President Trump’s example of leading with the judgment he was elected to exercise brings about a renewed understanding of proper governance then Trump will have done our representative republic a great turn.

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