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Friday, August 05, 2016

Brexit Vote and Trump Echo Reagan Elections

Britain’s decision to “leave” the European Union ended the career of Prime Minister David Cameron – the leader of the campaign to remain in the European Union. Many in Cameron’s own Conservative Party rebelled against the liberals and globalists who dominate both major parties over there. Does that sound familiar?

Everyone agrees that Donald Trump is the big winner of the vote. As the New York Times conceded, the Brexit voters are “eerily similar to Donald Trump’s followers, motivated by many of the same frustrations and angers.” Trump, who happened to land in Britain as the results were announced, quickly drew the obvious parallels. He promised that “Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite.”

The biggest reason that the British people voted to leave was the EU’s complete failure to control the flood of illegal immigrants. The powerful “breaking point” poster was widely distributed by the campaign to “leave” the EU. The poster showed an actual photograph of Europe’s insecure border at its weakest point in Slovenia. The poster displayed a column of thousands of illegal immigrants extending as far as the eye can see, with the caption: “The EU has failed us all. We must break free of the EU and take back control of our borders.”

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) recalled that the 1979 election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister of Great Britain was an early sign of the 1980 wave that swept Ronald Reagan into the White House. “Now it’s our time,” Sessions said, to defeat “the establishment forces, the global powers” that “want to erode borders, rapidly open America’s markets to foreign produced goods, while having little interest in advancing America’s ability to sell abroad.”

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