Swing…and a Miss….

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In the aftermath of the Brexit vote, people around the world have been trying to figure out why the people of England decided to leave the European Union. (I mean, aside from the loss of sovereignty, the overbearing bureaucracy, and the general ineptitude of the “leaders” in the EU, that is.) One interesting factoid came from the Left. With the numbers they crunched, they discovered older Brits voted to leave the EU while younger Brits voted to stay.

Their conclusion? The older Brits weren’t concerned about the future and voted in their best interests, while younger Brits, especially millennials, voted for the future and the best interests of the world. Furthermore, the Left says we should have listened to the millennials because they’re just so smart!

Is it just me, or didn’t we Americans heard the same comments in 2008 about Barack Obama?

As with much of what the Left believes, it’s not exactly on speaking terms with reality. The motivations behind the Brexit results were much deeper than old people telling young people to screw themselves. And to get off their lawns!

I did a bit of digging on the characteristics of millennials and found a neat little list from our friends at Rice University. Upon further review, the millennials’ position on Brexit became very clear, but in case you don’t want to click on the link, here’s the Readers Digest condensed version.

– Millennials tend to think in terms of groups rather than individuals.
– Millennials trust government more.
– Millennials are sheltered.
– Millennials think they know how to fix things.
– Millennials are confident in themselves.

In short, millennials are Leftists. Gee, I wonder if that has anything to do with how much positive coverage the media give them…naaaaaaaaah!

One of the characteristics not in the Rice piece, but that is quite obvious, is millennials don’t have the same experience that other generations do. For a good chunk of millennials, they didn’t know what it was like living in fear of a nuclear attack during the Cold War or what role Britain had in resolving it. They may have never heard of the Faukland Islands or why Britain and Argentina were fighting over them. They may not know the significance of Britain giving away sovereignty of Hong Kong to China.

But they know every damn craft beer establishment in every country on Earth and are willing to talk down to you about them all.

The generation that brought us “safe spaces” on college campuses, the man bun, and the Bernie Sanders for President 2016 idea may not be the best people to tell us whether to upsize our value meal, let alone make a decision that would bind all of England to what can at best be called a Titanic-sized sinking ship in the EU. And they’re now calling for a revote because reasons! Seriously, they feel their voices were heard and may have been mislead on what they were voting for in the first place.

Remember, kids, these are the people the Left tells us are smarter than we are, so we should listen to them.

Listen, millennial Brits. The world isn’t going to end because of the Brexit vote. They are going to need more unity than ever before, and that’s something you can actually help with. You lost this one, but your country isn’t as lost as you think. Take this opportunity and build a better Britain.

Oh, and can you please stop with the man bun thing? It’s not cool, and unless you’re a samurai, it’s not a good look.

Britain and the World

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Britain has left the European Union. This action by the British people will have both good and bad consequences. Not only for the United Kingdom but also for the world.

Immediately we have a decline in the value of the British Pound. It’s currency will recover of course. It’s just a matter of time. A side note of importance here is that Britain did keep it’s native currency instead of switching to the Euro. And the Euro may also see a decline in value without Britain as a member nation.

Also on Friday we saw a drop in the markets across the globe. But these drops were all less than a 1000 points, most less than 500 when the Brexit results were made. The markets will also recover. They are only adapting to the new dynamic.

Britain will have to renegotiate it’s trade deals with other nations and with the EU. And those other nations and the EU will also have to renegotiate their’s as well. These aren’t end of the world events. Trade deals are renegotiated all the time.

Many of these issues aren’t really bad things at all. They are just different from what was and are time consuming. Even the complete exit from the EU will not happen overnight. It may in fact take a year or so to fully complete. Some things will be faster than others.

On the British home front. They still have the Pound. They don’t have to go through the trouble of recreating a national currency. This is a strong advantage for rebuilding their economy and separating it from the EU. Also leaving the EU gives Britain the ability and authority to control it’s boarders. There are some good things about the EU and there are bad ones as well. Britain can now keep the good and discard the bad.

For the EU though this could be the beginning of the end. Britain is simply the first member nation to withdraw. Other nations are likely to follow suit. To retake control of their own destiny. If other member nations do leave the EU is finished in it’s present form.

There is a just a lot of information, misinformation. Doomsayers and those who think this isn’t a bad thing at all. The full truth lies in between it all.

Brexit Stage Left

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By now you’ve heard England has decided to leave the European Union, and if you have, I’m sure you’ve heard Leftists wringing their hands in anguish. England leaving the EU? That’s worse than Hitler, George W. Bush, and the all-female “Ghostbusters” combined! England will rip itself apart! There will be mass starvation! Economic turmoil! Human sacrifices! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

While the Left has been fearmongering, sober souls (both figurative and literal) have been giving Brexit some serious thought. As complex as the issue seems, it can be boiled down into a few simple ideas.

Obviously, there is a nationalist angle to consider here. After all, if England stayed in the EU, it would become a cog in the big EU machine. Imagine if America decided to give the United Nations power over its everyday operations. (More than we already do, that is.) If that were to happen, our national identity would be more worthless than singing lessons from Kanye West. Not to mention, countries like China and Russia would have the ability to derail anything we would want for self-improvement.

If England stayed in the EU, they would face that very situation. The EU is the ultimate poster child for collectivism. Not only is it overly large and full of bureaucratic red tape that would make the tax code look like a leaflet written by Joe Biden, the people who would be making the decisions for the betterment of the EU are unelected. That means what might be good for England could get vetoed by other EU members if it meant England’s decision would not be in the EU’s best interests.

Although nationalism is the easiest explanation of the Brexit vote, it’s not necessarily the right explanation. England hasn’t always been an EU member and for the better part of the EU’s existence has actively fought against being in the EU. Only by the grace of Leftists did England get into the EU, and it hasn’t been that great for England. Consider the fact England has pretty much been funding the EU and has gotten little, if anything, out of it. (Just like America and the UN.)

To put it mildly, England is in dire economic straits, and the EU just keeps asking for money. If this were a relationship between two people, it would be toxic and more than a little codependent. Think dating Lindsey Lohan, but with fewer mugshots. In this kind of situation, England owed it to itself to break with the EU.

This is one reason the Left hated the Brexit idea. If England would leave the EU, the EU would lose its sugar daddy, and if there’s anything that scares Leftists, it’s the thought of losing a stream of easy cash.

A related point is how the EU has used the money it’s received from its member nations. Remember when Greece was undergoing an economic China Syndrome? It received a lot of money to keep from going under. Yet, other countries in the EU were in similar straits and didn’t get the same attention.

A country like…oh, I don’t know…England, maybe?

Perhaps the most compelling reason I see for Brexit is how similar it was to our own founding. Back in the day, we were the ones looking for independence from a government that had its own best interests in mind and had no time for people who complained about a lack of freedom. Today, it’s England trying (and ultimately succeeding) to forge its own path free from the constraints of corrupt governance. As someone who has benefited greatly from the hard-fought freedoms gained from our independence, I wish England the best of luck in its new world without the EU.

By the way, we’d like you to take back Piers Morgan. We’ll owe you one, man. Thanks.