Friday night, I noticed a 2-word tweet from “@Blogtyrant”, that is, Australian blogging (and physical fitness) guru Ramsay Taplin in my queue, reading “Whoops, England”.
I hadn’t paid much attention to Brexit all day, but I “Knew”, instantly. In fact, his Twitter feed since then pretty much tells the story. And, yes, my retirement portfolio lost a lot on Friday. But now, the hangover.
For example, “UK voters are Googling ‘What is the EU?” that hangover morning after voting to ‘Leave’”. It’s funny, sometimes you should leave a bar and take a taxi home. It looks like a lot of voters were drunk at the polls. That’s an observation even George W. Bush would probably make.
Voters are saying, Oh, they just wanted to protest, you know, all the foreign control, the “rules”, the migrants (because EU countries do have to make certain welfare payments to migrants – although Britain’s was less). Many said, “I didn’t think “Leave” could possibly win, so I voted “Leave”.
Civics lesson: your vote matters, especially in a referendum, but a little less directly in US presidential elections (with the Electoral College system). In the US, it means think twice about making a protest vote because you don’t like the Republicans or Democrats (I voted for Perot in 1992). OK , Reform Party candidate Jesse Ventura won the governorship of Minnesota in 1998. I remember the election night party in St. Paul (I was living in Minneapolis at the time).
And, by the way, I think in Ramsay’s Australia, voting is mandatory. He also writes, “It feel’s like there’s been a big lurch away from reason the past few years.” True, Brexit is seen as a regression into anti-intellectualism, a sort of distrust of people who keep themselves away from “real” involvement with others, a fear of the “attack of the schizoids”.
Let me share also “The United States of Trump” from NBC News – one big point is that Trump voters want to keep lobbyists and fund-raising out of politics, something I actually respect. It I didn’t have to raise money, maybe I could run for president.
(Published: June 25, 2016 at 11:15 PM EDT)