Brexit Today — Ameriexit in November?
Today the people of Britain are going to the polls to decide whether they will exit their homeland from the European Union. Dubbed as “Brexit,” polls show that the referendum could go either way.
Fueled by nationalism, those arguing for Brexit claim that it will lead to better jobs, less immigration, new trade deals and stronger national security. The pro-Brexit forces tend to consist of people who feel they have been left behind and believe England should return to a more traditional model of self governance.
Their opponents contend that a Brexit would wreak havoc on the global economy, create more trade barriers and send Britain backwards in terms of being a player on the world stage. Both President Obama — a liberal Democrat — and British Prime Minister David Cameron — of the ruling conservative party — are united in their opposition of Brexit, and have warned of dire consequences should Englanders vote to depart the EU.
While the votes will be cast by the people of Britain, what happens across the pond has ramifications and consequences on the United States.
In my book, Saving America, I cite a March 2014 Gallup poll that showed Americans are losing sleep at night about five issues:
1. The economy
2. Federal spending and the budget deficit
3. Availability and affordability of healthcare
5. The size of power of the federal government
But instead American politicians have continued to ignore these core problems and have focused on where people need to go to the bathroom and if climate change is real.
The feelings of discontent, disgruntlement and disappointment in government that have allowed a vote on Brexit to be unpredictable in Britain have caused opportunity for outsiders like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in this country.
People are frustrated and upset at government’s lack of performance. If government were a restaurant, we would say “the service isn’t very good, and the food is lousy, but at least it’s expensive”.
It is a fundamental failure of leadership that has gotten us here. Closing borders and ending trade may make for sizzling sound bites, but they’re not sustainable long-term solutions in a global economy.
Today the British people will be the jury as to whether Great Britain’s government leaders have made a compelling case for why Britain should stay in the EU. The American people will comprise a similar jury come November as to whether to select a path with a candidate that has spent her entire adult life working to create the government we have today — or move to Amerexit from traditional forms of government management.