I am not a xenophobe. I can speak at least four other languages (Portuguese, Spanish, French, German) enough to get by after a week or two of immersion, and I can stretch to a fifth (Italian) after about two weeks. And I am learning another language right now (Russian, just for shits and giggles, and because it strikes me as a language just as complex and rich as English is).
I love other cultures. I can speak with many people with other cultures, using the pivot of a love of music with them. (In fact, some people are amazed when I tell them I have never lived in their countries, because, through music, I can speak to them about their own culture.)
I am no dummy, either. My IQ is three standard deviations from the norm (to the right, of course). Which means in a room full of 200 people, I am probably the most intelligent. I don’t need a newspaper or a politician telling me I’m clever for agreeing with them.
I grew up as an American. My accent is American, Southern, as well. I served six years in the US Navy. But this is the place I have chosen to make my home. And as a result of an ill-thought out law brought in by Obama (FATCA), I renounced my legal relationship with the USA in a divorce. England is my home.
This is where I live. My two children are English. I can hear it in the way they speak and in the things they are interested in.
And despite rumours to the contrary, we do have a unique culture with its own folkways here. And its own way of relating to the rest of the world.
But the mere fact of a European Union seeks to eliminate that. It seeks a bland, uniform compliance with some undefined, grey, world culture. It seeks to eliminate all that is English to make it European.
No doubt, English culture is a European culture, but it is one among many. But for me, it is primum inter pares. Had I ended up somewhere else, such as Sweden (which was wholly possible at a certain point in my life), I would have felt the same.
Because (to borrow from South Park): If you can’t root for the home team, then you should get the fuck out of the stadium.
We are undergoing an onslaught from those who would want to make all of us the same. Make us little Epsilons in their push for global hegemony.
I say (in my most redneck Southern accent): Fuck all y’all!
This is where I live and this is where I will die. For my culture and for my people and for my children. Because this is my land. And, like a lot of other people living here (especially those who don’t speak RP), I have nowhere else to go.
So FUCK ALL Y’ALL.