An American ‘Brexit’ to Nowhere: Three Questions Need Answers First

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“many are now saying that America needs its own Brexit”

There is considerable excitement about the United Kingdom’s Brexit decision to leave the European Union. Many people rightly interpret the vote as a rejection of wrongheaded immigration policies, oppressive regulations and stifling bureaucratic rule from the central European government in Brussels. Brexit was also clearly motivated by a desire to recover national identity and help voters regain control of their country and its future.

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On this side of the Atlantic, many are now saying that America needs its own Brexit, in the form of cutting down to size a federal government that has become bloated and oppressive, and false elites who are corrupt and could care less about the needs and wishes of the people.  These Americans echo the same desire to rescue the country from an unhealthy and crippling control. All over the world, restless people are supposedly thinking about Brexiting. Indeed, Brexit has now become a verb to signal any move to disentangle oneself from the overwhelming power of a corrupt establishment.

In all this Brexit talk, what people are brexiting from seems to be much clearer than what they are brexiting to.

A Brexit, its advocates say, is easy. You simply abandon the status quo. It is as if we are living in a land with unbearable conditions and suddenly come upon some bridges that will take us off the mainland to another landmass. We quickly take the closest bridge and find ourselves rightfully relieved to leave behind the land of socialist chaos and control.

However, what happens after a Brexit is often left vague and undefined by its proponents. It is as if the bridge’s opposite end fades into mist and we cannot see where the bridge is taking us.

This lack of clarity as to our future risks transforming the Brexit bridge into the proverbial bridge to nowhere. It is no longer the end, but the means. Instead of being the bridge that spans our problem and takes us where we want to go, it morphs into a variation of Churchill’s well-known assessment of Communist Russia, “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”

Thus, if a Brexit is to be successful, we need to ask three questions to determine whether this is the bridge we are looking for, or if it is just a bridge to nowhere. Where do we want to go? Who will take us there? How will these leaders accomplish this?

Where we want to go. Will society be better? Moral? More civil? The society we want must be one where character thrives, families flourish and life is respected in all its phases. It must be one where the scourge of political correctness in its totality (not just in one or another field) will be rejected and sanity restored. In this society that has made its return to order, the moral relativism that has destroyed so many certainties and broken the lives of so many individuals must be abandoned as well. In other words, as we Brexit, we must make sure we are not bringing with us the same problems from which we are Brexiting, albeit on a smaller scale. We must ensure that in freeing ourselves from intolerable superstructures, we are not establishing a no less deadly tangle of subcultures that will fracture the republic into a thousand pieces. For once the Brexit principle is admitted, discontents will Brexit into ever smaller units, thus destroying the nation.

Who will take us there? Who will lead our Brexit? Are they good, virtuous and honest individuals to whom we can trust our best aspirations? Are they firmly grounded in principles, and honor-bound, so that they too are not corrupted like the leaders they are replacing? Do they hold themselves accountable to God whose authority and rights are denied today by our militant secularist society? Do they uphold a higher and immutable law that bases itself on our human nature, a law which all three branches of government today reject?

How this will be accomplished. These new leaders certainly must have goals and plans to implement the changes they envision. They must take measures to ensure they do not fall into the same corrupting pitfalls of power that have been the bane of those who they now replace. It is to be wondered by what means they will achieve that unity of hearts and minds needed to establish some form of national identity that all crave.

Like it or not, the unbearable situation in which we find ourselves comes from a lack of a moral compass and enduring values. We do well to leave this intolerable situation in search of bridges leading to authentic and principled solutions.

However, if we Brexit without considering where we are going, it will be a Brexit to nowhere.

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  • aguafiestas

    May I remind you that right now the United Kingdom is anything but “united” Yes, a slender majority of English and Welsh voted to leave Europe but to build policy on lies and deceit will bring it’s own disastrous results. More money spent on the NHS as promised was rescinded before 12 hours were gone and so on. Only “brexit” if you are sure to that which you are “brexiting” What a ghastly verb!!!

    • pascal78

      To aguafiestas.
      Brexit is a wonderful word it means liberty from the dark powers of big business and the Banks. I voted for Brexit because I wanted my own country back. We were lied to by the ‘establishment’ There was a campaign of fear from ‘expert’ economists. From the Governor of the Bank of England. From the IMF. We were threatened and mocked by the EU bureaucrats. We were told by Obama that in any trade deals we would go to the back of the queue. we were told there would be a recession. Cameron lied to us.
      Well all the establishment top people and a lot of the press are now eating their words. The UK stock market has gone UP. The pound has gone down making our exports more attractive. Many countries are vying to be the first to forge a trade deal with us. Australia, New Zealand India even Germany and the USA. They now want to trade with the fifth largest economy in the world.
      Yes some in the brexit campaign (and there were many campaigns) stated that the £35million a week that we sent to the EU could be spent on our NHS. This money (gross figure) will be spent on the NHS and any other institution that the government sees fit. It was not a promise that every penny of that amount would be spent every week on the NHS. Every one knew that. So don’t be a cry baby. Accept the democratic decision of the little people of our great country.

  • Paul Tran

    Brexit for the UK is a right step in a right direction but it is by no means an end in itself. Those who drummed up fears are nothing more than scaremongers as we can see the UK’s economy remains robust since Brexit despite the first couple of days’ uncertainty.
    Moreover, by keeping the status quo just means doing much of the same and expecting different results which is nothing more than madness ! Brexiting is the very opposite of Communism (as described by Winston Churchill) as the article suggests, The EU is a Socialist construct trumped up by French Socialists (i.e. Jacques Delors, Jacques Attali & Francois Mitterrand) who broke French economy back in the 80s and were looking for a means of injecting quick cash into their broken economy. Strange that when the former Soviet Union fell in 1990 the Europeans were clambering to form their own version of a super state !
    Since the birth of the EU, all EU members state are knee-deep in debt with no means of paying back their debts.

    • pascal78

      The EU is many things. Socialist construct in some ways but Statist mainly. The original idea of the founding fathers was not to make a Socialist state but to eliminate the nation state and dissolve nationalities to prevent any more European wars. The prevention of war in Europe was their main aim having just come out of WW2. Their mistake was to fail to protect the EU from anti democratic statism.
      The UK joined a Common Market. I voted for it. But we were lied to and Margaret Thatcher was lied to as the EU project slowly morphed into a super state and a haven for big Banks and Big corporations. Goldman Saks have the EU just where they want it. But it was the little people through democracy that saved us. It was Britain once again saving Europe from itself. Thank you UKIP and thank you Nigel Farage.
      PS I think Nigel Farage should be Knighted for his services to his country and to democracy.

      • Paul Tran

        The strange thing is that the EU was formed to prevent a future war but it may well achieve the opposite result. As one EU country is drawn into war so will the rest out of solidarity or it can split the fragile union.
        As you rightly pointed out the EU is an evolution from the EEC, but it has exceeded its powers from being a common market to a political union. We all have been lied to and Margaret Thatcher was spot-on when she voiced her fears of a “united states of Europe”.
        Sadly Nigel Farage won’t be knighted any day soon as he is seen as the modern-day Enoch Powell.