Well, we now have proof that the impossible – the unthinkable – can really happen. Despite all the dire warnings and informed predictions of future chaos and economic ruin, the Brits still voted to leave the European Union. I’ll spare you all the gory details of this fiasco and not go into the politics or even the economics of this world-changing event. It’s now up to Britain and Europe to battle over the estate, and to argue over who gets the kids, the cat, and the friends in this ugly & unnecessary divorce.
What I do want to talk about, instead, is just how this might have come to pass, and what lessons can be learned from this avoidable debacle and applied to what’s happening to our neighbours to the south.
You see, the YES or EXIT side of the vote was pushed largely by the likes of London’s outspoken ex-mayor Boris Johnson (mini-Trump), and spearheaded in parliament by the inflammatory and flamboyant leader of the UK Independence Party, UKIP for short, Nigel Farage. Together they pushed their isolationist and pro-English (read “protectionist” and “racist”) agenda onto an angry, neo-nationalistic, and gullible voting populace, and somehow convinced the majority of them to vote in favour of Britain leaving the EU for an uncertain and highly-risky social and economic future.
How did this happen? Especially when you consider that 75% of voters under the age of 25 voted to stay in the EU. Plus, the majority of voters in Scotland voted to stay. Even the majority of educated voters chose to stay. So how the hell, then, did the majority of Brits get duped into thinking that leaving the established trading safety of the EU was actually in their best interests?
Well, as it turns out, the predominant demographic groups that voted to leave the EU were largely made up of…
- voters who don’t hold a passport
- voters with lower than average incomes
- voters with lower than average education, and
- voters over the age of 50
In short, voters who – because of their skewed, limited, and uninformed perspectives on social issues – view foreigners & immigrants as suspicious or even threatening to their treasured & traditional way of life. For them, the BREXIT vote wasn’t about economic & international trade affiliations, but about a return to white & merry old England.
As it turns out, these demographics also largely match those of the US Republican delegates who have thrown their support behind Donald Trump for leader of the Republican party in the States. And for largely the same reasons. After all, Trump’s message is “Make America Great Again”… the very same kind of sentiment that drove Britain from the EU. This does not bode well for the States.
What we are forced to conclude is that, yes, Donald Trump with all his childish bombast, smug rhetoric, insults & jabs, ridiculous claims, ludicrous promises, racist views, and blatant lies could well get himself elected as the next President of the United States of America! Kinda makes BREXIT pale in comparison, doesn’t it? At least the results of the British vote didn’t place control of the world’s most powerful nuclear nation in the hands of a self-centred lunatic.
What can be done? Well, as always, I have a theory that may come to bear on the outcome of the next US election. So hear me out. The common thread in the demographics that voted to remain in the EU is that they are intelligent, literate, affluent, and probably technically-savvy voters who get their news & political insights from reliable TV, Internet, and print news sources, while those who voted to leave the EU got their angry opinions and racist views stirred-up by bite-sized bus ads, cheesy magazine articles, trash TV, radio shock-jock talk shows, and discredited tabloids that write at a primary grade level. In other words, they got their “facts” from sketchy sources that cater to the semi-literate and who think nothing of inflaming touchy social issues in their greedy and socially-irresponsible attempts to boost readership and viewership.
So, here’s my suggestion; Concerned American’s who wish to discredit Donald Trump, should get their message that he’s unworthy to hold the office of President into the populist news channels, complete with simple-to-understand pictures & graphics that require little in the way of literacy, articulate ability, or cognitive thought, and sound the alarm and convey the message that the USA will become the laughing stock of the world and possibly even a dangerous & unstable place to live if it elects that man as their next leader. They need to spread their anti-Trump message on The View and ET, in Guns & Ammo magazine and the pages of Sports Illustrated, in USA Today and the National Inquirer, on the Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil shows, and especially on Howard Stern’s popular radio talk show… places where the angry & opinionated masses hang out. The anti-Trump forces need to do this in order to drive this message into the hearts & minds of those voters who haven’t yet decided whether The Donald is their saviour, or the colossal a-hole he appears to be.
And, for god’s sake, all you respectable news sources out there, please stop covering this man’s ludicrous campaign in such giddy detail, effectively giving him all the free press money just can’t buy. While it may be getting you viewers & readers, it’s really only making Trump look bad to informed viewers, but not to the backwoods disgruntled rednecks who think that they’ve finally found themselves a “legitimate”, successful, and powerful leader who reflects their racist, hateful, and paranoid views, and who will take their isolationist and pro-American values with him to the office of the POTUS. In the name of all that’s good and holy, get that man off the air!
And please do it before it’s too late!