decolonization / politiku

Sovereignty

I don’t know that I’ve ever heard politicians praise the concept of “sovereignty” so forthrightly as they have this week in light of “Brexit”:

“The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence. May that refreshed spirit of sovereignty spread over the pond to America’s shores!”  (Sarah Palin)

“Many of our neighbors across the pond have felt they were losing their country and culture and that unrestricted immigration was changing their nation.” (Mike Huckabee)

“The results of the ‘Brexit’ referendum should serve as a wake-up call for internationalist bureaucrats from Brussels to Washington, D.C. that some free nations still wish to preserve their national sovereignty.”  (Ted Cruz)

The U.S. not only respects the British people’s decision to exercise “sovereign right of self-government,” Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said, but also celebrates their democracy.

(Source: The Slot)

Ah, but does this extend to Puerto Rico?  Guahan?  American Samoa?  

I was raised believing in American patriotic principles, but it’s pretty clear “sovereignty” is for some countries and not others.  

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