LOS ANGELES, June 23, 2016 — Great Britain has voted not to become Mediocre Britain. In a decision that will reverberate for years if not decades to come, British voters opted for “Brexit” from the European Union. Despite polls showing the Remain campaign with a slight advantage, the Leave side won. Sky-high turnout of 70 percent of eligible voters showed how seriously British citizens took this referendum.
There were many winners and losers, and the fallout was immediate.
A major winner was Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He was David against the establishment Goliath, and he won.
The biggest immediate loser was British Prime Minister David Cameron. After the stinging defeat, he delivered a gracious concession speech with a bombshell: He was resigning effective in October upon completion of a transition of power to the next prime minister. His remarks were humble and contrite, a model that more of our pompous leaders should choose to emulate.
“We trust the people with these decisions.”
“The British people have voted to leave the Union, and their will must be respected.”
“Let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign.”
“I love this country, and I feel honored to have served it.”
Another major loser was the European Union. Asking Great Britain to remain in the EU was like asking a woman to stay with a wife-beating drug-addict. While it may be slightly premature to say Europe itself is finished, Britain smartly cut its losses by choosing to leave this increasingly troubled economic and political zone.
Speaking of losses, the Brexit victory is leading to a global stock market bloodbath. Part of this was due to large investors pushing stocks higher the day before due to their overconfidence that a Brexit defeat was inevitable.
In the long run, Brexit could be fantastic for Britain, as well as for the United States.
This vote was clearly channeling the same anger that has fueled supporters of Donald Trump and, to a lesser degree, Bernie Sanders. Brits did not want unelected bureaucrats in Brussels hijacking their sovereignty. Brits wanted their country back, and that includes stricter controls on the waves of often hostile immigrants that have grown so large they threaten the very fabric of British life and its traditions. Britain can now fight off Islamists without needing a permission slip from Europistan.
Brexit was also a triumph of those who understand economics over those who do not.
The Heritage Foundation’s Steve Moore, who knows virtually everything, favored Brexit. So did British member of Parliament and economic scholar Daniel Hanan. President Barack Obama, an academic with no real world business experience, was against Brexit. When it comes to every election except his own, betting against Obama is a sure thing.
If Obama wanted Brexit to fail, he should have passionately campaigned in favor of it. Instead, he did quite the opposite, with predictable results.
Outside of getting himself re-elected, Obama is politically toxic to everyone else. Brexit may have won anyway had Obama stayed silent on the issue, but the backfire of his attempt at meddling with the British electorate has precedence. Earlier in his current term, he also tried to oust Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, only to cause Bibi to turn a close election into a landslide victory. The same thing happened in England when Obama tried to defeat Cameron. Only when Obama joined Cameron’s side did Cameron lose.
In the long run, the largest group of losers are the Europhiles and the rest of the global left. The only people truly shocked at the Brexit vote are those blindly ignorant to how angry ordinary normal people are. They are enraged at government bureaucrats who long ago forgot they were the servants and not the masters. Brexit is the beginning. There is going to be global bloodletting.
Unlike the leftist approach, conservative fights for liberty are normally peaceful. As it did in the Glorious Revolution, once again Britain toppled its government without firing a shot.
Unlike the American left, the rest of the civilized world wants to move away from crippling debt, chronic unemployment and endless malaise. While an American president tries to condition America to a new normal of substandard everything, Britain is fleeing that life as fast as it can. The EU represents everything the left worships. Like everything else the left controls, the EU has failed.
The leftists will either understand that the reckoning is here or they will take to the streets as they always do. This time they will be run over. It is easy to intimidate a liberal arts professor. Thousands of lovers of freedom are tougher to scare off when they band together.
The desire to be free can only be bottled for so long. Like America in 1776 and Eastern Europe in 1989, Brexit 2016 will be remembered.