WASHINGTON, June 24, 2016 — It was Feb. 7, 1964, and the Beatles were giving their first U.S. press conference at New York’s Kennedy Airport. “Are you a little embarrassed by the lunacy you cause?” asked a reporter. “We like lunatics,” answered John Lennon. “It’s healthy.”
Four months later, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Boris Johnson was born. Until recently, he held dual citizenship in the U.S. and Britain, where he currently serves as mayor of London. But Johnson recently renounced his U.S. citizenship to escape ObamAmerica’s confiscatory taxes.
In November of 2015, Johnson sold his London home for a profit of $1,033,001 and, rumor has it, promptly received a capital-gains tax bill from the IRS in the amount of $141,390.
National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm asked if he would pay. “No,” said Johnson, “I think it’s absolutely outrageous. I haven’t lived in the United States for, you know, well, since I was 5 years old.”
This winter, Johnson made international news by challenging members of his own Conservative Party, namely Prime Minister David Cameron, by announcing he will actively campaign in favor of pulling Britain out of the European Union, which Johnson describes as “anti-democratic,” in a plebiscite scheduled for June.
As Johnson then wrote in the Daily Telegraph,
“According to the House of Commons library, anything between 15 to 50 percent of UK legislation now comes from the EU… it is unstoppable, and it is irreversible – since it can only be repealed by the EU itself. We are seeing a slow and invisible process of legal colonization, as the EU infiltrates just about every area of public policy… any question involving the EU must go to Luxembourg, to be adjudicated by the European Court of Justice.”
What effect did the word of one city mayor have on an international question? Then the British pound sterling fell by 1.8 percent.
A Daily Telegraph headline suggests Boris Johnson and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump “could be leading the English-speaking world by Christmas.”
“Both are larger-than-life public figures whose popular appeal puts them outside the reviled political establishment,” writes the newspaper’s Peter Foster. “Both men are smarter and subtler than their bluff public personas would imply, and both find themselves (cynically, their critics would say) trying to surf a wave of public disaffection that – despite all the predictions of the establishment – could yet propel them to the White House and Downing Street before the year is out.”
The political establishments in England and America consider these challengers “lunatics.”
But voters on both sides of the Atlantic seem drawn to their kind of lunacy, viewing it as, in the words of John Lennon, “healthy.”