By Lowell Ponte
Democracy gets more and more surprising. The liberal mainstream media gives $2 Billion worth of free airtime to nominate the least-electable Republican, but their scheme to help Hillary Clinton backfires and elects President Donald Trump, who is moving America away from globalism and back toward free markets, prosperity, and national greatness. No wonder the leftist media has gone berserk trying to remove Mr. Trump by any means.
And now in Great Britain, “communitarian” (i.e., opposed to selfish individualism and too little taxation of capitalism) Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, with her party 20 points ahead in the polls, calls a snap election to increase her majority. Instead, the debate-ducking leader falls eight seats short of keeping a parliamentary majority at all.
But instead of resigning, May says she will continue to govern with the 10 parliamentary votes of her “friends and allies” of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland, a Tartan Tory party that could move England’s compromised Conservative Party farther to the right.
The DUP, founded in 1971 by firebrand Presbyterian preacher Rev. Ian Paisley, wants to keep Ulster united with England, not join the Republic of Ireland. DUP is in some ways the Protestant reversed mirror image of Catholic Sinn Fein, right down to its hazy connections to paramilitary groups. Most DUP supporters are descended from warrior Scots whom the English imported to hold Northern Ireland for the British crown.
In his book Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, former Sen. James Webb tells of the 400,000 who came to America, injected populism into our politics, and begat Thomas Jefferson, President Trump’s hero Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Mark Twain, Lewis & Clark, Daniel Boone and his kin Richard Boone and Pat Boone, and many others who helped make America great.
DUP, however, is more than a nationalist party. Its social conservative beliefs include opposition to abortion (still outlawed except in rare cases in Northern Ireland) and same-sex marriage. Many DUP members dispute evolution, want Creationism taught in public schools, are global warming skeptics, and favor immigration restrictions. (Theresa May, the daughter of a vicar, tried to lower the permissible age for abortion from 24 to 20 weeks…but failed.)
Ms. May originally opposed Brexit, the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU), but when voters approved it last June she became a supporter. DUP strongly supports Brexit – but they favor a “soft” Brexit that will not restrict trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the EU.
(Radical left Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – who like socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I.-Vermont) attracted young supporters by being himself, and of course by promising more free goodies than Santa Claus – has in the past also favored Brexit, because he sees the EU as capitalist.)
DUP may be socially conservative, but Northern Ireland has almost always gotten heavy British financial help; DUP will demand lots more if their votes in Parliament are needed to keep Conservatives in power. DUP will probably at first want more money for Northern Ireland’s economy, but sooner or later it will also press for changing the social laws.
This is the dilemma for Conservatives. The Labour Party won 40 percent of the vote, mostly from the young and minorities such as Muslims. More than 400,000 Brits have signed a petition asking the Conservative Party not to ally with the farther-right DUP. Teaming with DUP might alienate the young – or might win them over by making Conservatives more forthright, principled, and patriotic, as Trump is doing. Democracy nowadays is full of surprises, and sometimes even miracles.
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