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26 June 2016 @ 07:46 am
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Living in a country that threatens to elect Donald Trump, I cannot specifically look down my nose at the Brexiters.* We too have a number of people capable of voting their way out of the European Union and then frantically Googling to find out what the European Union is. Numerous voters are shocked to learn that voting actually had consequences and was not merely a way of saying, “Foreigners are big doody-heads.” Their leaders are no better; the Conservatives appear to have had no idea of what they would do next (besides going back to unwholesome acts with dead pigs) if they won, while the worst of the lot, Nigel Garbage, has practically said in so many words that his big economic argument was a lie. (Richard Nixon, who gains more and more relative appreciation all the time, would have said, “Inoperative.”)
*I can’t help thinking of the limerick: They looked at Europa and waved the distinguishing mark of their sex at her.

Even this will not kill the great fantasy of populism, that pious hope that under proper guidance the masses can be made to beat up on the rich instead of the minorities, the queers, and the geeks. I realize this is a horrible thing to say about anyone, but it looks as if vox populi really is Vox Day.
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browngirl on June 26th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah. :(
The Hebrew Hammercockhammercock on June 26th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
When all else fails, white people have whiteness to fall back on as the reason they are better than anyone else. In England, they have Englishness as an additional reason. :-/
Maia Cmaiac on June 26th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
A friend here in the U.S. told me that her daughter, a bartender (also in the U.S.) heard several of the bar's customers saying that they think the U.S. should also leave the EU. Bartender Daughter asked the bar in general about that: 40% of the customers agreed that the United States should leave the European Union.

Not at all by coincidence, a high percentage of the bars' customers have expressed support for Trump.
The Hebrew Hammercockhammercock on June 27th, 2016 02:49 am (UTC)
O_o
eub on June 27th, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
Dealmaking opportunity! What will they offer in trade for our leaving the EU? Consistent background checks on gun sales?
The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit: Demi-tasse bunnyporsupah on June 27th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC)
I find myself, despite being as liberal/socialist as it gets, increasingly (reluctantly) concurring with at least some of Winston Churchill's sentiments, specifically:

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."



Edited at 2016-06-27 10:45 pm (UTC)