Brexit wins, Brits choose their own destiny

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So, Brexit is the new reality. The people of Britain have spoken at the polls, and they want their country to exit the European Union (EU). Their rallying cry, which carried the day, was “We want our country back”. The slogan resonated with the citizens of this proud country, whose traditions of self-determination and constitutional government date back to before the signing of the Magna Carta.

The EU, a union of 28 European countries, has a history of being scorned by U.S. conservatives, and rightly so. It is a “progressive” statist bureaucracy, fundamentally anti-democratic, which has not been emulated anywhere else. The EU, founded by world-government leftists to give the world-state more power, consists of unelected, unknown government bureaucrats and technocrats, many of whom are failed national politicians. Instead of fulfilling its promise and potential, the EU, headquartered in Brussels, has failed to provide economic growth in Europe and has heaped regulations on member countries. They have grossly mishandled the refugee crisis. The EU’s claims to have maintained peace in Europe are empty, as NATO should be credited for keeping wolves like Russia at arm’s length.

The EU has the power to tax and pass laws that give power to a central European government. Voters can’t repeal them. Their rules rescind the sovereignty of nations like Britain— for example under EU, the U.K. essentially could not stop any immigrant with an EU passport from living in Britain. The EU created a Europe-wide entitlement program and redistribution-of-wealth scheme where successful nations like Germany and Britain subsidize nations like Greece and Portugal.

It’s not surprising that British citizens want to deep-six the EU; EU committees in Brussels control England’s government decisions on too many issues. EU courts can overrule several U.K. laws. Britain pumps many billions of dollars into the EU arrangements and gets back very little. The U.K. growth rate is very strong compared to Euro countries. So yesterday, over half of Brits have told the U.K. and the EU establishment, “We can do better on our own.”

The EU does not want the citizens of its member states to be able to vote for the people who make many of the laws that govern them and set their taxes. EU bureaucrats and courts covet that power, and they don’t want to be removed by some pesky vote by the people. The EU wants nations to give up their sovereignty and independence, so that geographic laws can be imposed. Brussels bureaucrats want to call the shots and Brussels prefers socialism over capitalism.

But here is the larger, more important result of the British vote: the international leftist cabal has for seven decades promoted the notion that history’s trajectory favors the ultimate ascension of progressive ideas and a pervasive, all-powerful world government. The EU became the poster child for “liberal internationalism”, defined by Encyclopedia Britannica as a cluster of ideas where progress means creating supranational political structures and institutions that impose laws and liberal definitions of morality on nations, especially “backward” countries which don’t bow down to the left’s dictates. Thankfully, the boat of the world-order people will now be taking on water because the sovereign tide is rising.

The Brexit vote can be considered the “break-ball” of a pool game. It could be the end of the beginning of the “European project”, a blow against permanent distant government, as political groups in other nations now will force similar votes in their countries. Brexit will be a big comeuppance to “Establishment” politicians in Europe and America, especially including Barack Obama, who flew to the U.K. to push them to remain in the EU and threatened them if they didn’t.

The EU’s promises are crumbling, and the people of Great Britain have spotted it. The majority hate Brussels, they want self-government, and they reminded the world how democracy works. Let their vote be a warning to Europe and the EU to reverse its errors, change its ways and grant people the right to choose their own destiny.

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John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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