"That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, July 4, 1776.
It seems ironic that those words come to mind on the day after Britain voted to withdraw from the European Union. Much of last night was consumed following the news on Twitter, considering the ramifications of an exit. A long FB conversation with a friend who served in the armed forces of Great Britain explored details unavailable elsewhere, an hour-long lesson in the realities of life in Europe.
Taking sides is an entirely human trait. Its deep psychological roots lead to an impulsive "us/them" reaction that then searches for justification. English citizens want freedom...or, they are setting themselves selfishly on the road to ruin, and taking the world's financial markets with them. Etc.
But... Isn't it majestic when a free people go unafraid to the polls and peacefully vote to restructure the principles under which they are governed?