A Model Briton

Have you ever heard of a man named Nigel Farrage?

Probably not. Until recently, I hadn’t either.

Mr. Farrage is a British Politician and a Member of the European Parliament representing Southeast England. He’s a very principled man, originally a member of the Conservative Party, leaving in disgust after England signed the Maastricht Treaty, which formed the European Union and created the Euro currency.

Recently, Mr. Farrage warned that “if you rob people of their identity, if you rob them of their democracy, all they are left with is nationalism and violence.” A current member of the UK Independence Party, Mr. Farrage is making international headlines with his recent tirade against the European Union’s latest attempts at globalization. With the venom of righteous conviction, Mr. Farrage rhetorically asked: Who the hell do you think you are!?

After viewing the video, just think. Think about how different our country would be, Hhw different our America would be if we had men and women who were willing to risk being ostracized in order to speak truth.  This, my friends, is the definition of political courage.

Joined by only a few others like MEP Daniel Hannan, Mr. Farrage is a bit of a political anomaly in the European Union, and I would assume it wouldn’t be too different if he were a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. His message echoes far beyond the realms of simply declaring the deceit of European peoples by the EU, but rather, with the tenacity of Churchill and the principles of Thatcher, his message declares that justice must be preserved by the objectifying voice of “we the people.” It was encouraging to hear a man speak with such principles, and it was motivational to know that there continue to be people around the world who fight for what is right.

I hope that one day I will be a man like Mr. Nigel Farrage, willing to risk my political prospects to protect a country I love dearly. The bailout culture we see emerging in Washington is clearly not a merely domestic vice but rather an international trend that is worrisome to say the least. We have to get back to the basics. When the government is paying more in entitlement programs then they receiving in taxes to pay for the programs, one has to acknowledge that we have strayed from the “shining city upon a hill” we once were.

It’s time for intelligent austerity.  We need a cutback in government services, a sacrifice in expectations, and a unification of the American people. We are a nation that is more dependent on the federal government then our next door neighbor. It’s time we get back to community. Pain is inevitable, but we must get back in touch with our roots in the Puritanical hard work ethic that drove the Pilgrims to America, and we must dare to converse about our struggles with those who can help us most — God and community.

The choices we will need to make will not be easy.  The current administration’s debt commission came up with a few ideas, but we need to take it further.  We need to reexamine our priorities, on a personal and governmental level, and act accordingly.

Thankfully, what we saw at this time last month shows that Americans are in the process of coming together.  Harder economic times will do that to people.  And, in times in which domestic terrorism is occurring and thankfully being foiled daily, one cannot afford not to know their neighbor. I firmly believe that if Americans get back in touch with each other, share our sacrifices and goals, that momentum for change will surely carry through to Washington. Right now, watching a lame duck session of Congress on my television, I look at Washington and I find myself asking just what Mr. Nigel Farrage declared earlier this week: “Who the hell do you think you are?”



  1. Gail B. says:

    Jesse, that was well done. Thank you.

    Until Glenn Beck mentioned Nigel Farrage this week (I believe that’s where I saw it), I had not heard of him, either. The problem is, MEP-SE Farrage is absolutely correct. On the bright side, he has the hangy-downies to say so. Perhaps the world is listening.

  2. Kahleeka says:

    I’ve listened to this a number of times . . . it’s hard to follow because I’m not familiar with the people in the video nor of how the EU was founded. BUT . . . I can relate to his comment “Who the hell do you think you are?”

    Is he really stating that people in his Parliament wanted to tell Ireland that they must balance a budget FIRST before they were able to vote. I can’t imagine anyone even suggesting something like this.

    If this is the case, kudos for Nigel for sticking his neck out like that and calling a spade a spade!

  3. Anonymous says:

    “who the hell do you think you are?”

    applies to this as well…… give blood become a citizen

  4. Anonymous says:

    7:41 that makes me a citizen 20 times over

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  6. Dean says:

    I cannot remember his name, but was not the member of the US House of Representatives saying much the same thing when he uttered his now famous line, “YOU LIE, sir!”

  7. Gail B. says:

    Dean, does Representative Joe Wilson, SC-2, come to mind?

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