Hart: Brexit's success foretold Trump's election

Hart: Brexit's success foretold Trump's election

April 12th, 2019 by Ron Hart in Opinion Columns

In this handout photo provided by the UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her statement in the House of Commons in London, Thursday, April 11, 2019. Granted a Brexit reprieve by the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May is urging lawmakers to pause, reflect on the need for compromise _ and then fulfill their "national duty" to approve a Brexit deal and take Britain out of the EU. But there was little sign the U.K.'s divided and exhausted lawmakers had heeded the EU's plea not to waste the six months of extra time. (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP_

Photo by Jessica Taylor

Economists in Great Britain and the EU predicted that the UK's economy would collapse if it voted for Brexit. It hasn't; in fact, it has prospered. Apparently English government economic forecasts are about as good as their dentistry.

Back in 2016, most of America did not know what Brexit was. Many thought it was a meal after exiting breakfast but before brunch. But later Donald Trump became our Brexit: a warning of voters' contempt for big government.

The Brits shocked the world when their (fifth largest in the world) economy grew tired of having to pay for layabout countries like Greece. They voted to exit the EU. Dire government predictors tried to bully English voters into not doing Brexit.

Big government/high tax countries and states do not get that they will push out the most productive, and soon no one will be left they can tax or boss around. They call you racists and like to intimidate you into tolerating a growing government. There is nothing a big central government or U.S. Democrats propose that does not grow government.

Let me explain it this way: Government elites are the pimps and we taxpayers are their hookers. When a hooker threatens to leave a pimp, she always suffers a public "beat down." It keeps the other hookers in line, the money flowing upward, and sends a message to anyone contemplating leaving.

Brits didn't like that 65% of government rules for them were coming out of Brussels' European Union bureaucratic morass. And they did not like unchecked immigration imposed upon them by that power-hungry group of bureaucrats whose incompetence grows with its size. Sound familiar?

When you are a financially strong country like Great Britain, being in the EU is like having your unemployed brother-in-law living in your basement for years, barking orders at you, gambling online with your credit card, and telling you that he wants to take a few unvetted immigrants into your house. And then he calls you a jerk when you say "No."

The Brexit vote was a UK government miscalculation. Americans would still be subjects of Great Britain had it not made some bad government decisions, like dressing British soldiers in bright red uniforms to fight us in the forests.

The Brits were ballsier than we were back in the day. They even initiated a no-fly zone over Libya. Obama and France promised to help by providing refreshments. We are reminded of the strength of Sir Winston Churchill in the movie "Darkest Hour." It's a good message to children: Heavy drinking, womanizing and cigar smoking might be hard on your body, but they let you be the only one to see Hitler coming.

The media do the same thing here with any upstart candidate who espouses freedoms and stands against a growing government.

People will endure just so much high-handed incompetence. With the seemingly endless immigration of Muslim workers, blue-collar Brits rebelled. They also worried about their security and our world order.

Now Great Britain will slow mandatory immigration forced by the EU. The flood to England of victims of violence, oppression, corrupt dictatorial government regimes and failing economies fraught with bloodshed will diminish. If they want more of those folks, they can just increase the number of direct flights from Chicago to Heathrow.

The power-hungry and incompetent, burgeoning, central command-and-control government of the European Union angered Brits, and has also angered the blue-collar "yellow vest protestors" in France, but their grumblings were ignored. Subjugating yourself to others is not the nature of most strong people. The EU has become a coalition of the unwilling

The British Empire gave us the Magna Carta, the monarchy, civility and the English language. America responded with "Sharknado." We are much closer to Britain now; even our own Meghan Markle married Prince Harry and became Duchess of Sussex. And no, Caitlyn Jenner was not named Earl of Middlesex.

Contact Ron Hart, an op-ed humorist and author, at Ron@RonaldHart.com or @RonaldHart on Twitter.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Chattanooga Times Free Press Comments Policy

The Chattanooga Times Free Press web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Times Free Press web sites and any content on the Times Free Press web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Times Free Press, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Times Free Press websites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-757-6315
Email: webeditor@timesfreepress.com