Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Will America Follow England’s “Pride Decline?”
A recent survey in England showed that slightly more than eighty percent of English subjects feel pride when in the presence of the Union Flag (often called the Union Jack, which is accurate only when displayed on naval vessels). But less than two-thirds of Englishmen feel the same sense of pride when in the presence of the Flag of St. George, which represents England alone (without Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The Union Flag was created upon union in 1801 and shows the red cross of St. George (England), the white cross (saltire) of St. Patrick (Ireland) and the red cross of St. Andrew (Scotland) superimposed on the St. Patrick cross. Wales got short-changed because at the time of union, Wales was an integral part of England.
Research and think tank British Future conducted the survey. Without much in-depth comment, nearly a quarter of Englishmen questioned said that the Cross of St. George represented institutionalized English racism. Fewer than ten percent of Northern Irishmen, Scots and Welsh subjects said the same thing about their own flags. Unsurprisingly, though eighty percent of Brits said they felt pride in the Union Flag, only fifty-six percent of Scots and sixty-eight percent of Welshmen said the same of the venerable Union Jack. Northern Ireland goes along with the Brits, while the Irish who now have their own nation weren’t questioned.
England’s declining belief in its patriotic symbols is an increasing problem. The Union is in question when the anchor of the Union itself has a declining belief in its own worth. The United Kingdom is more than the sum of its parts. No individual nation within the Union can exert the influence the Union can. And the combined influence of the four entities as individual states would not match the influence of the Union alone.
There has also been a movement to replace God Save the Queen/King as England’s national anthem (sound familiar?). Most of the tunes suggested would be totally unknown to Americans, and obscure to most Englishmen. But the most commonly-mentioned and totally mystifying suggestion for the new anthem is Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, a tune very familiar to Americans and completely unrelated to patriotism in either nation.
St. George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birthday both occurred this past week. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, “England little noted nor long remembered” the two celebrations. “Free men never, never, never shall be slaves” no longer resonates in a nation which has adopted American-style self-loathing and political correctness about race. One Brit drunkenly tweeted racist remarks about England’s black population and a famous black soccer-player who had a heart attack on the field, and was rewarded for his speech with a six month jail sentence for committing a hate speech crime.
At almost the same time, a twenty-one year old white female medical worker sitting on a bus bench was set upon by four black Somali Muslim women in the city of Leicester who proceeded to beat her senseless and kick her to the ground, all the while shouting “kill the white slag,” and “white bitch.” Their reward was to be told by a judge that he was very disappointed in their behavior, but sort of forgave it since the four were intoxicated and, as Muslims, unused to the effects of alcohol. No jail time, just a suspended sentence. Words are dangerous, acts are not. One of the four later remarked to a reporter who asked if she wished to apologize for her actions: “What, to the public? I don’t care.” Apparently the English agree with American liberals that only white people can be racists.
“Red Ken” Livingstone, former and perhaps future Mayor of London declared as part of his campaign that he wants to make London “a beacon for the teachings of Mohammed.” It seems he wants to finish the work he had advanced so well in his previous capacity as mayor. London used to be to England as San Francisco is to America—an island of insanity in an otherwise sensible nation. The polls and surveys are now showing that the rest of England is following London’s lead.
London is planning to draw off law-enforcement resources from throughout England for the London Olympics. They will be used to protect the celebrities and the international governing class who will be whisked to the events in private limousines in specially-designated traffic lanes. Thousands of English police will be taken away from their normal home duties. Gangs of thugs are already planning a repeat of the “free shopping” riots they fomented last year during massive looting of luxury goods at a big sale on expensive sneakers and state-of-the-art cell phones. The British government looked into those riots in which an estimated 15,000 thugs participated and concluded that the rioters weren’t at fault, it was poverty and excessive advertising.
Given the fervor surrounding the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman mess, the words of Daily Mail writer Peter Hitchens (brother of English-American writer Christopher Hitchens) sound eerily familiar: “The ‘criminals are victims’ mentality is now a defining feature of the ‘injustice’ system.” And then there are those demands to remove the Confederate Flag (the cross of St. Andrew, incidentally) from all state flags and to replace the warlike Star-Spangled Banner with a tune more appropriate. Maybe we could join England and institute Swing Low, Sweet Chariot as our national anthem.