Brexit and Other Fairy Tales

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     Once upon a time, there was an organization known as the European Union, and it operated in Euroland. It was sold to the unsuspecting populace as an economic organization designed to benefit the trade of participating nations.  The sales pitch was so successful that nearly every European nation joined  Euroland to enrich their fortunes and their standing in the world.  People were allowed to move from one nation to another nation, freely, to pursue work or leisure. Every citizen was basking in the glow, feeling warm and fuzzy but…

     Things began to change in the Euroland. It turns out that, hidden within the agreement, was the arrangement for a super government to be headquartered in Belgium.  Soon the super government began to dictate to the member states, and the people’s warm fuzzy feeling turned into a cold prickly feeling because they felt powerless and unrepresented by their government.

     To make matters worse, immigrants began to pour into Euroland from distant countries and cultures and disrespected the very citizens who supported them. They demanded privileges from their hosts and began to create conflicts that were unimaginable to the native Eurolanders.  Shootings, bombings, rape, and destruction were their hallmark.  It was as though Euroland was reentering the Dark Ages or something worse.

     Politicians were very apologetic to the citizens, but they would not stop the flow of immigrants. They merely tried to ignore the obvious. But, the truth could not be ignored.  An open wound had formed and had already begun to fester, and this condition was complicated by economic weakness.

     The national economies had become intertwined through the union agreement.  The super government had formed a super bank to facilitate trading, but it did much more. The nations that had the weakest economies did not prosper under the union, but they could borrow money from the super bank to bolster their weak economies.  The countries with the strongest economies were the ones loaning the money, and they wanted the borrowers to make sacrifices to repay the debt.  It was a complicated arrangement, and it only served to perpetuate the weak states.  No doubt, the arrangement  strained the relationships and required every member nation’s participation to successfully continue operations.  It served to underscore how fragile the Euroland economy really was, but few people paid attention.  Everyone in Euroland was too narrowly focused on their own problems to spend time understanding the financial mess they were in.

     The British, an astute people by all accounts, finally began to question the benefits of the relationship. How much benefit did they receive compared to the costs in bombings, assaults, and rapes.  How many more unemployed refugees would they be forced to support against their will?  Why didn’t their elected representatives actually represent them?  Why should their sovereignty be questioned by Euroland’s super government?  Why couldn’t they be free?

     It was precisely this line of questioning that led the British to hold a referendum to determine if they should leave the European Union and all of the Euroland benefits behind. On June 23, 2016, the British people found their voice, demanded their rights, and voted to exit Euroland.  It was a victory for independence and freedom, but it remains to be seen how it will unravel.  Other nations may choose to follow the British as some fear, but what is the real harm?  They began as independent nations, and perhaps sovereignty and national identity are worth preserving if they want to live happily ever after.

I will leave you with a quote from one of the most famous authors ever quoted, Unknown: “Those who would take away your Rights presume to be your Masters. Those who give away their Rights are destined to be Slaves.”

 

Until next time…

A citizen of the United States of America, a Texan and a resident of Flour Bluff, Dan Thornton, values enlightened reason and freedom. Dan is a lifelong student of history and philosophy, and a writer of poetry and song. The hallmark of his pursuit is a quest for universal truth. By admission, the answer is illusive, but he is undaunted, and the quest continues.
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