Brexit, Trump, and immigration

British Conservative author Peter Hitchens, brother of the deceased ex-Trotskyite author and raconteur Christopher Hitchens, weighed in with a well thought out piece for the Daily Mail pondering Brexit and what it portends for the U.K.  and, incidentally, the U.S.

The U.S. equivalent for Brexit is the race for the White House between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  The slugfest has already created the most entertaining and opinionated presidential contest in living memory.  And like the U.K. and EU breakup, the growing schism between Democrats and Republicans will end in tears, probably soon.

Parliament, the David Cameron cabinet, and the BBC the so-called "elites" were reportedly completely unprepared for the vote to leave the EU.  Government hotshots and the media were out of touch with the people they serve.  As Hitchens put it about British leaders:

Thursday’s vote shows that the House of Commons is hopelessly unrepresentative. The concerns and hopes of those who voted to leave the EU -- 51.9 per cent of the highest poll since 1992 -- are reliably supported by fewer than a quarter of MPs, if that. Ludicrously, neither of the big parties agrees with a proven majority of the electorate – and neither shows any sign of changing its policies as a result.

American Republican leaders are also "hopelessly unrepresentative" of their grassroots rank and file, demonstrated by the obtuse response to Donald Trump, their own party's candidate.  But the GOP appears not to care if the ruinous socialist solutions of the past nearly eight years will continue under Hillary Clinton.

Some Republican leaders would rather scheme against the winner of the party's primaries, which has even political amateurs scratching their heads in dumbfounded disbelief.  The anti-Trump clique is allegedly led by the defeated traditional head of the party  in this case, the wooden Mitt Romney, who lost in 2012, causing the curse of Obama's second term.  Then there is the neocon William Kristol of the Weekly Standard magazine.  Kristol had the chutzpah to put forth his very own candidate, David French, an unknown writer employed by National Review, founded by the erudite conservative William F. Buckley.  The inheritors of Buckley's creation were so wigged out that Trump was winning the early primaries that they published an entire issue featuring a slew of conservatives criticizing Trump.  Columnist George Will, the oldest elephant in the conservative columnist zoo  and a Fox News talking head  resigned from the GOP over Trump's candidacy in order to show he too can be a vain, petty, stuck up smartass egghead.

In the continued comparison of Republicans in the U.S. trying to kill off Trump, despite trouncing 16 primary opponents and winning enough pledged delegates to sew up the nomination, the anti-Brexit establishment is braying that the vote should be held again because the Leave supporters are "working-class" who did not attend college and therefore morons who, in their ignorance, have set the U.K. on a wrong path.  In the U.S., Republican snobs are saying the same thing: that Trump cannot be the nominee because his supporters, a huge percentage of Republican voters, are blue-collar, did not attend college, and should not be allowed to decide the GOP nominee.

The anti-Trump, anti-Brexit nabobs on both sides of the pond do not realize they are way past their sell-by dates.  They should have paid attention to former P.M. Tony Blair's success at dodging public demands to hold a vote on resigning EU membership, because he knew that it would pass.  Blair knew the mood of the country; David Cameron did not.

It gets worse for Cameron's legacy.  He thought British subjects agreed with Angela Merkel, Germany's prime minister, that EU member nations were for large quotas of Middle Eastern refugees.  Britain was not  perhaps the tipping point for the Brexit vote to leave the EU.  Neither are Americans in favor of loose immigration policies  perhaps the tipping point to vote for Trump.

The tipping point in the U.K. for Brexit came with Merkel pushing EU member states to follow her lead and accept quotas of Middle East refugees.  The tipping point that will usher Trump into the presidency is voter approval to disallow all Islamic immigrants until they are vetted before entering the USA.