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Friday, June 24, 2016

A Win for "Ordinary People" Over Elites: Independence Day for Britain as Campaign of Fear Loses and Country Prepares to Exit European Union

More updates below...

The lesson for the U.S. election could not be more clear!

Wow! A stunning result in Britain with a huge voter turnout in the referendum to decide whether to remain in the European Union or leave. It was a decisive win for leave by 52-48% for remain.  Full results are here.

Elites from both the left and right of British politics backed the campaign to remain and waged a campaign of fear suggesting all sorts of dire consequences for leaving. But in the end, unfettered immigration of millions pouring into Britain from the poorer areas of Europe as well as refugees from Africa and the Middle East swayed voters to say ENOUGH!

The decision is also a rejection of the kind of cozy, corrupt and unaccountable arrangements that have enriched elites at the expense of ordinary people who bear the brunt of regulations and laws by the European Union for which no British citizen voted to enact.

The European Union even went so far at one point to dictate the size and curvature of bananas and cucumbers that could be sold in British shops. The Nanny State supreme.

Nuts to Obama and Hillary

The decision is also a loss for both Obama and Hillary Clinton who made it clear they wanted Britain to remain in the EU. Obama went so far as to suggest on a trip to Britain that the country would go to the "back of the queue" (or bus) if it left. That interference created a backlash. Trump was on the right side of history suggesting Britain "would be better off" outside the EU.

The vote also signals a rejection of the kind of fear politics practiced by those who supported remaining. Nearly every scare story was trotted out including the possibility of war and economic collapse to try and frighten voters. This has implications for the U.S. presidential election where Hillary Clinton is already trying to frighten voters with negative images of Donald Trump's finger on the nuclear trigger.

Margaret Thatcher's Revenge

"I told you so!"
Margaret Thatcher was removed from the Office of Prime Minister by a cabal of conservative Members of Parliament who desired closer unification with Europe. Thatcher had spent most of her political career warning about handing over more power and money to an unaccountable, un-elected European elite. Many of the same bunch who tossed her out of Number 10 Downing Street supported the remain campaign. Thatcher can rest easier now!

This decision shows that ordinary people can have their voices heard. That's a warning to Hillary Clinton and the elites in the United States who continue to profit at the expense of the rest of us!

UPDATE: Prime Minister Cameron resigns. He will stay as a caretaker until a leadership election within the Conservative Party can be carried out. It's been little more than a year since he led his party to a landslide victory in parliamentary elections.

UPDATE: Trump Statement Captures Essence of Brexit

The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.

Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.
Margaret Thatcher: "No! No! No!"

Just days before she was thrown from office by the backstabbers in her own party Margaret Thatcher rejected the call for a government of Europe. Her words echo today:

Historian Dominic Sandbrooke writing in the Daily Mail:
For once, all the cliches are justified. This was not merely an electoral earthquake. It was a popular revolt by vast swathes of England and Wales against the political, financial and cultural elite, whose complacent assumptions have been simply blown away. Indeed, for once it really is impossible to exaggerate the significance of the moment. What happened was undoubtedly the most dramatic, the most shocking and even the most revolutionary event in our modern history. We will live with the consequences for the rest of our lives.
Every rule of politics has been broken.
What makes all this so dramatic, though, is that it represents something new — a revolution by millions of people, many of them traditional working-class voters, against the massed ranks of the political and financial Establishment.

Fraser Nelson in the Wall Street Journal calls the Brexit result: "the biggest slap in the face ever delivered to the British establishment in the history of universal suffrage."

Michael Goodwin in the New York Post:
In both Great Britain and America, the well-connected people working in government, finance and other sectors that benefit from the international system have no idea why anyone would want to rock the boat. Yet the very trade agreements that mysteriously move money and whole industries and make them winners leave many individuals feeling like pawns in a global game they can’t control or even understand.

People who played by the rules and still became second-class citizens in their own countries have legitimate claims. When they try to express them through the political process, they are patronized and then ignored.

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