Marc Glendening* has written a thoughtful, thought-provoking piece on ConHome on the “war wars”, totalitarianism and democracy.
But sadly, some people still believe that although our nation has been invaded by totalitarians, there is “nothing we can do about it”.
If we believe that there is nothing we can do about it, we will surely fail to remedy the situation.
We need to use every means at our disposal to do so – both individually and via alliances. Positive thinking has power, if the will is in accord and action follows.
Firstly, nobody should simply believe any politician because it is convenient to do so. Everything must be checked.
Secondly, we have seen, via the Syrian war defeat, that determined revolt can change the minds of even the most fanatical. We need more of that – on every contentious issue.
Thirdly, we should refuse to comply with laws that are patently unjust. Too many people believe that if the government writes down a law on a piece of paper, then that law should override moral sense and natural law. One wonders whether they would accept a law which called for the killing of all first-borns.
It is our moral duty to put every obstacle in the way of the totalitarians: make the tasks they have set for themselves impossible to achieve.
One thing that many people overlook is the power of the jury – and the totalitarians are very happy to see the jury trial disappear.
Because the role of the jury is twofold:
- to weigh up the facts in a case and determine whether or not the accused is guilty of breaking the law, and, more importantly,
- to determine whether the law itself is just.
Take a moment to ponder that second duty: a single juror can liberate an innocent man charged with breaking an unjust law. Taken with the Common Law precedent system, we can bring down the rotten edifice of the EU case by case. Drip, drip, drip.
We have power. We just need to learn how to use it.
* Campaign Director of the Democracy Movement