|OKAY FOLKS, LET’S GET YOUR BREXIT ON 21 Apr. 2016||| Print ||
OKAY FOLKS, LET’S GET YOUR BREXIT ON
21 Apr. 2016
I learned a new term this past week. It’s a term we all need to be familiar with and contemplate. It’s one representative of lessons we Americans need to learn if we are to maintain our nation as a sovereign entity. The term is Brexit.
Brexit is what is known as a portmanteau; a word formed from the combination of two other words. Think of ‘spork’ or ‘sheeple’, or maybe ‘sexting’. Brexit, though, isn’t just any old made up word. It has some very powerful ramifications if the full meaning of the word is actually realized.
It isn’t obvious the word is a combination of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’, but it is. The new word was fairly recently coined in Britain to describe the decades long efforts on the part of countless British citizens to divorce from the European Union and re-establish full British sovereignty.
Before going down the Brexit road, we should revisit a bit of European history. It helps if you put things into proper context, and I will strive to make this discussion just so.
The European Economic Union (EEU or EU) is actually nothing new. It’s a re-envisioned son of the old European Economic Community, more colloquially known as the European Common Market. The EU (or EEC, or Common Market) has its roots in the trade combines formed after World War II, when leaders in European nations developed the notion that the best way to avoid another land war in Europe was to knit economies together in hopes that mutual economic interests would override any national animosities. It appeared to work. The arrangement was formalized as the EEC by the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
Great Britain was quite happy for some time to sit the entire union thing out. British superiority, and all that, you know. But, after a few years Britain had second thoughts. The nation applied for EEC membership in 1963 and was rejected. They applied again in 1967 and was rejected for membership a second time. It seems a certain Frenchman by the name of Charles de Gaulle wasn’t a great fan of the idea of British membership. De Gaulle’s apparent delusions of grandeur would have been upset if the Brits were allowed free access to the Franco-German led party being held on The Continent. But, as happens often, de Gaulle finally died and Great Britain’s third application for membership was accepted by the incumbent nations. Since that day in 1973 Britain has been something of a reluctant partner in the EEC/EU.
Britain held a national referendum in 1975 on the question of its continued membership in the EEC and questions related to renegotiating the terms of its agreements. The nation voted 2 to 1 to stay in the community, but the grousing never stopped. The British had plenty of complaints as more and more remnants of their national sovereignty were systematically removed and replaced by a growing international order.
The EU was created out of the EEC by the Maasterict Treaty, signed in 1992. Britain was none too happy about some provisions, mainly those involving banking, finance, and currency. The view of some anti-EU organizations was that the EU would take Europe in the opposite direction of the United States, where many in Britain wanted to see more Americentric policies. The main sticking points turned out to be the role of central banks and national currencies. Britain negotiated a new provision in the EU that allowed the continuance of the Bank of England and the British Pound, whereas the rest of the EU submitted to the dictates of the European Central Bank and began to transition from their national currencies to use of the new Euro.
Several significant developments in more recent years have made British membership in the EU a major national question. EU policies have effectively made national immigration policies subordinate to the dictates of the United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights and Immigration and almost nullified any attempts at controlling the influx of foreign citizens. Britain’s own Commonwealth immigration policies had already resulted in dramatic increases in the percentage of non-European peoples within its borders. To many the constant turmoil in the Middle East, coupled with EU/UN policy dictates pointed to a very problematic future. The negative economic effects of the burden of refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East and Northern Africa are getting more apparent every day. The so-called “refugee crisis” comes on the heels of several years of economic turmoil that nearly resulted in several nations defaulting on their debts. The European Central Bank teamed with the World Bank and other central banks and created several debt rescue packages to stave off national bankruptcies. The end result of those efforts was a confirmation to many that for Britain to stay in the EU would eventually lead to its death as a sovereign nation and a continual decline in its economy due to treaty linkages with economically weaker and troubled nations like Greece.
That’s a ‘quick and dirty’ recapitulation of the past. But, now you know the background of why Brexit is a topic we need to understand. But, that’s not the main thing to know today. Today you need to understand that Great Britain will hold a national referendum on the question of staying in the EU. The vote will be held on Thursday, 23 June 2016 and will be a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote on the main question. That’s Brexit! British Exit! If the vote is to stay in the EU, then they continue on the New World Order path with their European partners. If the vote is to leave the EU the expectation is for as much as a 6% decline in the overall economy, at least for the short run. No one actually knows what will happen with the economy, but one thing is for certain – Britains will once again be citizens of a fully sovereign nation, unencumbered by the dictates of the European Parliament, the European Central Bank, and all the other centralized mechanisms of United Europe.
Here in America there are very few people aware of the importance of Brexit. We carry on in isolation; fat, dumb, and happy. We tend to think nothing important to us happens ‘over there’ unless it’s too obvious to ignore, like a stock market collapse. But, that view is entirely too myopic. Even a staunch libertarian should understand the importance of Brexit. If it succeeds it will be a tremendous event to all who cherish freedom on a personal and national level. It will signal the Brits have finally had enough of European unity and want to live as free Brits once again. There will be a great lesson in it. Again, it depends on the outcome of the vote. If Britains are so insecure in their national will and belief in themselves that they vote to continue with the EU, we may as well write them off as our mother country. Great Britain is only a shadow of its once-great self now; if it stays on its current trajectory it will soon only exist in history books. The real Great Britain, our Mother Country, will be dead. If the vote on 23 June is to stay in the EU we may as well go over and help dig graves; Great Britain will be no more.
If you don’t see the lessons for us in this Brexit saga, you have been living under a rock for the past two decades. Our nation doesn’t exist in a void. Though we aren’t tied as securely to other nations as Britain is to the EU, we are still linked. Our current President’s promise to “make us look more like Europe” was not a vague proclamation. It was an indication that his administration intended to aggressively pursue strengthening our bonds to international orders. All you need to do to confirm that intent is to contemplate the upcoming vote on membership in the Trans Pacific Partnership and the follow-on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. If you fully understand the international landscape you know those two agreements will forever change life on our planet. America will no longer be truly sovereign, but will be a subject of an unelected commission on matters in the Pacific Rim and of the rulers of the EU on transatlantic/European issues. That’s why Brexit should be a subject of conversation today. If Britain withdraws from the EU there is still hope that we can forestall our own demise, and perhaps even avoid it.
The United Nations proponents of Agenda 21, now formally called Agenda 2030, are heavily invested in Brexit. They will pull out all stops to ensure Britain stays in the EU. They fully understand if Britain succeeds in withdrawing it could signal a reversal of the march toward their goals. If you are like me and totally against the internationalist goals of the U.N., Agenda 21, and all trappings of the New World Order, then you’ll reach out to every person you know in Great Britain and tell them of your complete support for Brexit. Let them know if Brexit fails, our own nation might be right behind them.