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After Brexit -You expected flowers?

June 29, 2016

On the heels of the Brexit vote, doomsday pundits are predicting a worldwide economic collapse while it appears some British voters are either sore losers, misinformed or are having buyer’s remorse.

Concerning the so far short-lived market panic, it was going to happen anyway.  Most if not all the stock exchanges and some economies have been propped up by government manipulation, debt and funny money for so long that it wasn’t going to take much to send them into a tailspin.

Let us not forget that ten years ago, the Dow’s high point was just slightly above 11,000. Assuming you’ve been an investor for a decade or so, 17,000-plus isn’t bad.

That’s not to say that if a number of voters in other nations feel the same way as the Brits it couldn’t go south again, and for much longer, but as of right now…meh.

It would seem that we may have forgotten that Britain had an economy, and a pretty good one, pre-European Union.

Companies that choose to punish Britain by fleeing the country might have to backtrack rather suddenly, should the people in France, Germany and Italy, to name a few, vote to break away too.

It isn’t as though the Great Britain is an emerging country or that the British pound sterling is an internet system of credits or a currency dreamed up on a napkin in a pub last year.

More interesting, at least to non-financial observers, is the political reaction to the British vote.

The petitions are not the yardstick. Those could as easily be drawing signers from the “Remain” faction as the “Leave.”

What is interesting is that it was transparently obvious that no one, including the movers and shakers behind the “Leave” crowd really believed that voters would actually vote themselves out of the EU.

It could even be that many citizens didn’t expect the outcome either.  Several man-on-the-street interviewees noted that they understood or had been told that a referendum vote was not binding on the government. They didn’t seem to have expected or even wanted David Cameron and the other pouting politicians to resign.

Instead they said they were simply expecting Prime Minister Cameron and Parliament to get the concrete out of their ears and do something about the problems.

Perhaps they were expecting flowers instead of brickbats.

One man in particular noted that it was apparently easier for the politicians to cut and run, rather than listen to the people and improve the system.

Another noted that PM Cameron’s decision to resign showed “what masters he really serves.”

Despite attempts to portray the 4-point win by the Leaves as a small margin, let’s not forget that when President Obama won in 2012, his 1.1 point winning margin of the popular vote was deemed a “mandate from the people.”

Indeed, one thing that may have driven the voter turnout for the Leave faction is President Obama’s snide assessment and thinly veiled threat deeming Britain a second-rate nation with his “go to the back of the queue” comment, since  several people interviewed mentioned it.

Be that as it may,  the situation is what it is.

Britain now has a chance to reclaim its separate identity, but that’s all it has.  A chance.  What the country does with it is what will truly define it for the foreseeable future.

Change is often uncomfortable. It becomes catastrophic only when the opposite ends of the discussion would rather destroy everything than change.

The EU could have addressed the concerns (like their citizens being blown up for example) being voiced throughout its member bloc nations, but it chooses to ignore them, branding any call for change with the usual labels of xenophobia, racism, and an assortment of other –isms.

And therein lies the lesson for the United States.

If anyone supporting Donald Trump thinks that electing him is equivalent to winning a war, they are sadly mistaken.

A not insignificant percentage of Americans seem to be tired of the responsibility of being free people in a free  nation. They would much rather turn all the decision-making over to a central or global government and sit back and passively collect the myriad benefits they have been told would accrue from that model.

Those folks are firmly united behind the Clinton-Sanders-Warren global control ideological model. Call them the equivalent of the British “Remain” group.

What their champions have going for them is a totally focused sense of ideological entitlement and a gullible public that believes that all the promises of government largesse will actually come true and be sustainable into the next millennium.

They do not compromise, even when the health and safety of the country is at stake.

These are the people who just blocked $1.1 billion in funding for combating the mosquito-borne Zika virus, solely because they couldn’t get the $1.9 billion they wanted.

Then there are those that want to  govern only according to the original blueprint that took America from 13 colonies to one of two, possibly three world powers, and they are just as incapable of compromise as their left-wing counterparts.

Stuck in the middle somewhere are the so-called centrist and pragmatists, i.e. most of the grassroots Republican party, some of the more moderate independents and even a few of the so-called Reagan or blue dog Democrats.

If statistics are correct, those people in the middle comprise from 60 to 70% of the electorate.

You do the math.

No one would have picked a rank outsider, a completely non-political type like Donald Trump as the commanding general of this campaign.

For all of his politically incorrect faux pas, and they are legion, the one thing he seems to have going for him is what his backers believe are the right instincts.

People are pretty sure you can’t love ISIS and its cohorts into oblivion or pay for free everything when you run out of other people’s money,  and he seems to be the only voice articulating that viewpoint.

Like the EU, Republicans have a chance to compromise, assuming they do want to right the ship of state.

Let’s hope they handle it better than their European counterparts.

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