The much anticipated Brexit Vote in favor of Leaving the EU surprised a lot of people. Especially the detached, urban-centered, media. They did not see it coming because they had not taken an hour’s drive out of the city to learn what the “common man” thought about living under EU Rule. The political elites managed no better than the media. 479 Members of Parliament came out in favor of “Remain.” Only 158 came out in favor of “Leave.”
What have we learned?
First, the vote was clear. Those who took the trouble to vote, by a margin of 52% to 48% wanted out of the EU. 72.2% of those qualified to vote turned up and did their civic duty. That is a greater turnout than any national poll/election in the past 20+ years. This was not something to be “corrected” by a recount.
Baby Boomers voted largely to “Leave.” Was this just looking back at better times, hoping to return to a more orderly, more British society? Were youth who voted overwhelmingly to “Remain” led to believe (brainwashed, the Boomers might say) in the sanctity of multiculturalism and globalism?
If one thing has been shown in the few days since the people of the U.K. voted to exit the E.U., it is that the elitists, liberals, and the governing class are poor losers. Everything I have read suggests that the losers are doing all they can to overturn the will of the people. So convinced were the political class of victory for the “Remain” vote, they are now convinced that the “Leave” campaign must be guilty of the type of misdeeds to which they are often a party. They are planning everything from a second referendum (re-vote) to bureaucratic maneuvers to delay the actual separation indefinitely.
The losers are resorting to name-calling and personal attacks. They suggest that only very small minds could be convinced to leave the EU. Who could believe leaving the EU would be better than staying, being multiculturalists, globalists, etc.? Many are making it known that they will “punish” the Brits for this action. Having read many of the scare tactics used in the campaign, I don’t doubt that there will be threats and skulduggery.
The most poignant article I have read to date ties the exit vote to fear of rape and increased crime. Most people don’t understand international trade. Probably fewer understand why it is their duty to house and feed able bodied young Muslim men. But, they fully understand when women they know (including wives and daughters) are being assaulted at rates far greater than ever seen in the U.K. before. With the majority of this increase in crime and offenses against women coming from immigrants of the Muslim faith, it is easy to see how many blame the EU for this problem.
Time will tell if this turns out to be good for the United Kingdom. In my view the Brexit victory is a long-term positive for the U.K., the U.S. and, yes, for Europe. Here’s why:
- Central Planning/Collective Action doesn’t work. Short term, it can show some impressive efficiencies. Long term it kills initiative and the work ethic and is unsustainable;
- Central Planning is dangerous. It creates, among other things, agricultural monocultures that are susceptible to massive kill-offs from a single vector. Isn’t it strange that multiculturalism is the holy grail of the Globalists in the EU but they don’t see the downside to agricultural monocultures which they legislate into effect;
- The political class was shown, once again, to be totally oblivious of the interests and the will of the people whom they rule.;
- Independent thought and action, self sufficiency, and individuality create a stronger culture and one that is resilient and sustainable, if enough people are willing the work for it;
In the meantime, this battle between the Elites and the Populists will get its second hearing in the U.S. Presidential Election in November. Some say this bodes ill for Hillary, who much like the “Remain” campaign has the support of the majority of youth and the media. Both groups showed themselves to be out of touch with the majority in the Brexit Vote. Donald Trump’s presence in Scotland to dedicate a new golf course just as the Brexit votes were counted may show that he is more in tune with the people than either the media or the political class.