On Thursday the British people voted to discard their representatives’ cries of doom and throw out the central planning bureaucrats in Brussels to retake their country and sovereignty. Britain was nearly equally split, with 52% voting to leave and 48% to stay in the European Union (EU). Those of the political elite and on the left dub the vote an expression of a xenophobic, racist, and bigoted people. Voters who fear and hate immigrants.
While immigration was a driving force, it was more about Brussels controlling the U.K. borders, and the laws within its borders, which drove people to vote to get out of the EU while they still had a country. It was a people who rejected their politicians and media elites. Who do not trust or believe that either hold their interests or the interests of the nation first.
America is in a similar situation with the upcoming election and gives insight into the seemingly impossible candidacy of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. How could a billionaire businessman with no political experience secure his candidacy over a dozen seasoned and well financed career politicians? How did a communist, in America, give the “crowned” candidate, Hillary, a competitive race?
All this originates from an electorate that no longer believes a large central government can or does provide a path to prosperity or, for that matter, can keep the nation safe. An anemic recovery, real (U-6) unemployment of 9.6%, health insurance rising at double digits, stagnant wages, and terrorism at home give people pause of the effectiveness and capabilities of federal politicians and bureaucrats.
Brexit and the U.S. presidential candidates are a manifestation of unrest with politicians, media, and governments. Those that feel that they are being ruled instead of served. In the words of Patrick Henry, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”
#Be Vigilant. Be Free.