Brexit and George Will

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

Last week two momentous events (well maybe just one) occurred; both triggered by the same phenomena.

Voters in Great Britain, by a margin of fifty-two percent to forty-eight percent, elected to exit the European Union. The Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal characterized it thusly:

“Voters defied the impassioned – and unified – opposition of the leadership of all five major political parties. They rejected the advice of more than 1,200 corporate CEO’s, including half of the chiefs of the FTSE 100 companies who wrote to The Times newspaper last week urging rejection of ‘Brexit.’

“Banks in the City of London, one of the world’s major financial centers, along with the Bank of England, the country’s central bank, and most of its influential think tanks and academic institutions, had warned of the risks to the U.K.’s economic security and global financial pre-eminence if Britain did not stay in the EU. A procession of eminent foreigners, from most head of European governments to James Dimon, the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase, had urged a vote to stay.”

Even the “most beloved leader” of the modern free world, President Barack Obama, warned the British voters that if they didn’t listen to his advice that Great Britain would move to the “back of the queue” in negotiating international trade agreements.

How dare they? How dare that scurvy crew of commoners ignore the superior advice of their betters? What were they thinking to ignore Mr. Obama’s paterfamilias warning? What good is being “an elite” if no one listens to you?

Which brings us to the other “momentous” event. George Will, noted columnist and smug prig, resigned from the Republican Party because the great unwashed in America’s heartland ignored his superior advice and instead chose Donald Trump to be the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. (Yes, “prig” is a word.  No, it doesn’t mean what you think.  Yes, it in fact describes Mr. Will to a tee.)

While the former event will have consequences, albeit not nearly as catastrophic as the elites warned, the latter fits neatly into the category of “who gives a damn” – with the possible exception of Mr. Will’s spouse and the jury is still out on that.

Mr. Will possesses the same Brahmin pedigree (Trinity College, Oxford and Princeton) that many of the “ruling elites” do in both America and Europe. While small in numbers they are large in influence mostly because they (like Oregon’s Democrat Party) marry each other, have affairs with each other, hire each other, appoint each other, ensure their offspring are encased in privilege, and exclude virtually anyone that does not possess a similar pedigree. They are both Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives and Liberals (Progressives, or whatever the are calling themselves these days). They enter and exit government service like a revolving door. When voters change the party in power, they simply move from the majority office to the minority office – same people, different titles. Or some move from government to one of Washington, D.C.’s high powered law or lobbying firms where they are paid handsome sums while they wait to reenter government (and do favors for the client’s of their employers) at the next changing of the guard. And along the way they line their pockets by selling influence – none have been better at this than former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton – two bites of the apple are always better than one.

Washington’s government elites, like Mr. Will, are nearly apoplectic about the prospects of a Trump presidency in which they will have no influence. They, including the Republican elites, much prefer Ms. Clinton because, after all, she is a member of the club and while they may lose their current title and office temporarily, they will remain a member of the inner circle simply awaiting their inevitable return to high office. I mean, really, who cares if the Clintons have been brazen in their insatiable quest to enrich themselves by selling influence; haven’t they all drank from the same cup themselves?

It is of little consequence if the nation continues in an economic malaise, if it slides further into debt, if the march to a welfare state continues at an accelerated pace, if the prestige and influence of the nation continues to wane, or if the number of terrorist attacks from a growing Islamic jihadist cadre swells. So long as the elites remain secure in their power and influence, so long as their accumulation of wealth continues, so longs as they are protected by gun-toting security, the world will be a better place and the rest of us will just have to get used to it.

We fought a revolution to get rid of the smug aristocracy of England. Now two hundred years later we have our own inbred smug aristocracy running the show.

In the end, Great Britain and the European Union will settle on their divorce, although the Brits will be made to pay a price for ignoring the directives of their own elites and life will go on. And in America, George Will will rejoin the Republican Party after he and the other Republican elites ensure the election of Ms. Clinton, and I will leave then leave the Republican Party for just that reason.

 

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  • Fleas collar the fatal femmes

    Bagwan with the shrill duo of, Nasalry Clinton Liesabout Warren, a DNC redux of Thalmblah and Louseese.“` Imagine 4 years of those cats meowsing.“`Draft Biden and Sanders, please.

    • In dependence our sovereignty

      An all-American Dream Team – Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading US onward in simple principle facts, sans a load of pc malarkey promulgated by whizzers of OZ Hijacked Asses RINO’s compounded in a DC forum.

  • GObill sizemore

    I hope you feel better now, Larry. I guess we should all ignore the fact that Mr. Trump has very few Republican or conservative credentials, supports universal government/taxpayer funded healthcare, has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to policy and doesn’t care to educate himself, and is crude and narcissistic to the point of national embarrassment. Call George Will all the names you wish, but it is not just the high-browed snobs who are considering leaving the GOP if the party is willing to embrace the likes of Donald Trump.
    I despise Hillary Clinton. The fact that her party is willing to embrace someone who has sold out her country by accepting bribes from foreign entities shows how morally bankrupt they are. But embracing one as eminently unqualified as Donald Trump only lowers us to their level.

    You sound very populist with your disdain for the elites who ignore the rabble, but I think the Founders were wiser. They at least attempted to create a system where the will of an inflamed citizenry at any point in time would not be able to destroy the country because their emotions temporarily overtook their senses. Thus electoral college, six-year senate terms, and a republican form of government rather than a democracy.

    George Will made a statement. He did not expect you to care or be impressed. But I am persuaded that his decision was a principled and considered one, not the snobbish one you attempt to make it.

    • Eric Blair

      Just to correct a minor point: our form of government is still a democracy. We are a representative democracy, versus a pure democracy, but we are a democracy none the less.

      By the way, I would love to see the electoral college dumped. It is anachronistic, and serves no real useful purpose.

      • GObill sizemore

        I beg to differ, Eric. Not to split hairs, but a republic is distinguished from more authoritarian forms of government, such as monarchies or dictatorships. The term means that the public has some say in public matters. You say we are a representative democracy, but the Founders despised democracy as a form of government because of the instability of allowing the fickleness of public opinion to rule.

        What they established was specifically and expressly a republican form of government because they provided a constitution to preserve individual and minority rights from the tyranny of the masses; i.e. democracy.

        If we had a representative democracy, our elected representatives could do anything they wanted and would not be limited by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. But the separation of powers doctrine and the power of the courts to interpret and stand in judgment of the laws passed by the elected representatives of the people make us a republic and not a democracy.

        Right or wrong, that is why the Founders included the electoral college system, so when the nation was truly at risk, a few could overrule the masses and prevent a catastrophe. That principle might seem anathema to this generation, but the nomination of the two candidates the two primary systems have put forth this cycle at least at some level illustrates their reasoning.

        • Eric Blair

          I think you’ll find that the Founders were rarely of one mind about anything. Much of the debate and struggle between the Federalists and the Democrat-Republicans was specifically about this particular issue. Jefferson’s election in 1800 is referred to as the Revolution of 1800. His views were labeled as Jeffersonian Democracy.

          Not all Republics are democratic in nature. The Roman Republic was an oligarchy. Not democratic at all.

          Thirdly, even if you can say that the United States wasn’t a democracy in 1789, it has changed quite a bit.

          There are no property requirements to vote.

          Women and other minorities now have the right to vote.

          Senators are no longer selected by state legislators.

          We have expanded the franchise to 18 year olds.

          We have had a democratic Republic since its inception in 1789. We have moved more towards democracy in the past 200 years.

          • EB twanks again

            You lyre like a g-string hanger over

      • Guess who

        Apparently E.B. Does not pledge allegiance the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic off whichever it stands.

        • Guess who

          Republic for which it stands. Spell check must be under educated

          • Eric Blair

            No, in this case, I would assume that it is your error.

    • f

      Indict HRC now, the sooner the better. As for the Donald, he speaks better for US than any Dem since JFK.

    • HBguy

      So Mr. S. are you now regretting your career getting measures qualified for the ballot by getting citizens to petition their government for new laws that all the rabble could vote on?

      And it’s ironic to me that the critique of Trump is that he isn’t a conservative because he wants universal health care and won’t cut Security and he wants to increase taxes on some wealthy people, in part by imposing regular income tax rates on Hedge fund managers carried interest.

      But his hate and fear filled oratory…. Not really a problem. Because that’s what “real” conservatives apparently do and say?

      • GObill sizemore

        It would be easy to respond to your comment but I don’t see anything in your text that is worth a response.

  • Eric Blair

    Larry. I’m not sure why being smug would bother you. Maybe it’s just being smug and a prig. You certainly don’t take a back seat to anyone for being smug.

    • Sandor PAC’n

      Lipstick ewe, fleecy porker in drag

  • 我就是随便看看!

  • DavidAppell

    You are quick to (goose)step in line, I’ll give you that Larry.

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