Jun 24 2016

What To Make Of Brexit From EU

Published by at 10:02 am under 2016 Elections,All General Discussions,Brexit

Looking over the political news media this morning I see most don’t get what happened yesterday. Which means the political elite don’t understand what happened either.

[Note: the news media is a major arm of the Political Industrial Complex, which includes the career politicians, their career staff, the consultancy industry, the crony donors and their lobbying industry and of course a pliant media who makes sure the proper messages are sent out to the masses]

One of the more spot-on write ups was by Roger Simon:

Those same elites had convinced each other they would win and therefore convinced the usual suspects—media, pollsters and, sadly, financial markets—that they were right. They were wrong. Watching them now on the BBC they still cannot comprehend  what has happened. The peasants have revolted—oh no, oh no. There must be some mistake. Didn’t they get the memo? The sky would fall if they left the EU.

Earth to elites: Citizens of truly democratic countries don’t want unlimited immigration into their countries by people who couldn’t be less interested in democracy. They also don’t want to be governed by the rules and regulations of faceless bureaucrats whose not-so-hidden goals are power and riches for themselves and their friends. Simple, isn’t it?

Yeah – pretty obvious. And the parallels to what is going on in America was well caught by Peter Weber:

If you don’t want Donald Trump to be president, the Brexit vote is a wake-up call.

The first lesson Brexit has for anti-Trump America is that there’s a potential majority out there that is angry, scared, and more than willing to jump into the abyss. Sober analysts and economists warned Britons repeatedly that pulling out of the EU would be an economic and security debacle. “They heard the warnings, listened to experts of every kind tell them that Brexit meant disaster, watched the prime minister as he urged them not to take a terrible risk,” says Matthew d’Ancona at The Guardian. “And their answer was: get stuffed.”

There was a definite flavor of “Make Britain Great Again” running through the Leave campaign, with Brexit proponents arguing that British sovereignty was being undermined by unelected elites in Brussels. One reason the referendum passed is the unexpectedly strong support of working-class Labour voters in northern England, the rough equivalent of midwestern Reagan Democrats, who don’t believe they have benefitted from open markets and open borders.

The masses are not cowering in fear, they are pissed off. The UK workers were being hammered by UNELECTED ELITES. There was no “believing” required. They know their careers and lives are being sacrificed by people who have protected themselves from these insane social theories.

Globalism is good to a point. Regulation is good to a point. Immigration is good to a point. But those point were passed decades ago.

As Roger Simon noted, these social theories are really “elites get rich” schemes. And the voters figured it out. Too bad for the elites, they should have been listening better. The owners of these countries are more than capable firing bad performers.

The UK representatives have been dismissed for years in the EU (see here and here). The Brussels elites ignored the wishes of the representatives of the EU’s second largest state economy and EU’s most effective state military.  And now the Elites are blaming everybody but themselves!

An interesting fallout from all this is Scotland may hold a referendum to leave the United Kingdom. The Brexit folks – who will be in charge at the time – will not be able to say Scotland should not do the same to the UK as the UK did to the EU!

Those hungering for a borderless world where national identity and tradition are subsumed are finding significant resistance from people who have worked for centuries to establish and maintain their own sense of culture and independence. Why this comes as a shock to anyone is puzzling at best.

But the independent streak may not stop at the borders of the United Kingdom. Scotland barely voted to pass on their own bid for independence not too long ago, and in an odd twist, their desire to remain in the European Union may be providing the excuse they need to take another shot at it.

[note: I am of Scottish, British and Welsh descent].

I do not think this logic pans out. If Scotland’s political elite think their citizens will trade the yoke of the UK for the economic noose of the EU, I think they will find themselves looking for new jobs too. Scotland could be independent again – but for what purpose?  If the Brexit folks are serious about decentralizing power then the UK is going to be undergoing a Renaissance in local-driven democracy.

Anyway, when all is said and done Obama and Clinton landed on the wrong side of history – but Donald Trump called it right! So hopefully America can also have a Renaissance of local governing democracy.

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