How Trump Won And The UK Voted For Brexit

How Trump Won And The UK Voted For Brexit

On both sides of the Atlantic millions of people have been asking the question, “How did this happen?  Why did we lose?”.

How they laughed when it was first announced that Trump might run for President.  How they scoffed at the very idea the the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland might one day leave the European Union.

Well, Trump is in now in the White House and the Brexit juggernaut is rolling, albeit around some obstacles put in its path.  The causes for both events will no doubt be debated for a long while yet but there are already some reasons that now seem undeniable.

How Trump Won

Voter Apathy and Complacency?

  • Voter apathy.  No matter how important the vote there are always too many people who find something better to do than to put a cross on a piece of paper.  It seems it’s just too much effort for millions.
  • Voter complacency.  Trump couldn’t possibly win and Clinton is dead cert.  Only a fool would vote for Brexit.  I’m not going to vote because there’s no point when things are so certain.

A quick google reveals that about 63 million Americans voted for Trump but over 90 million didn’t vote at all.  As they say over there, go figure.

I wonder what percentage of those who didn’t vote were on the Women’s Marches or have spent many hours on social media bemoaning the fate of their respective countries.

Ignorance and Prejudice

Another reason often cited as the cause of these so called catastrophes is varying degrees on ignorance, gullibility, and bigotry among those who voted to leave the EU or put Trump in the White House.

I would be the first to agree that there are some pretty dim people out there but to suggest that tens of millions of people are unable to make rational decision for themselves and their families, having weighed up all the arguments for and against, is wildly inaccurate and very condescending.

After the Brexit referendum some people went as far as suggesting that certain people shouldn’t be allowed to vote at all.  They suggested that some voters were either too old to make decisions that would have long term effects or that they were too stupid to know what’s good for them.  This patronising viewpoint is one often heard uttered by the Eurocrats.  Leave it to the experts, they know what’s best for us, eh boys?

Racism and Xenophobia

This is another favourite excuse used by many to explain who things have turned out as they have done.  It doesn’t occur to them that many immigrants and descendants of immigrants voted to leave the EU for reasons they can explain perfectly well for themselves.

If a white person said what is said on these clips people would be quick to whip out the tired old excuses of racism and xenophobia. The truth is that they believe that while immigration has benefits you can have too much of a good thing, and that stricter controls and stronger entry requirements isn’t at all xenophobic but just sensible governance:

In this next clip we see an American gentleman, “Big Joe” who is perfectly capable of making his point among crowds of people who were protesting the day after Trump’s inauguration.

One woman shouts, “You’re on a bicycle and you’re oblivious!” – not sure what’s wrong with being on a bicycle.  Big Joe replies, “Political Correctness is un-American!”

I urge you to watch it to the end as the debate becomes a bit more articulate as it goes on.

Big Joe Answers Questions at Women’s March

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPqrimR8GWw

Negative Outcomes

Take your pick. I’m sure there will be plenty to choose from.  The worst so far is the fact that Trump has signed the executive order to push ahead with the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Positive Outcomes

Imagine if Clinton were now in the White House and Britain had voted to remain in the EU.  What would change?  I would bet very little, except perhaps that Hillary would probably have to keep Bill on a tight leash:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1F8FBszGG8

Things would grind on just as they had before with no major problems resolved and things getting progressively worse for many.

Instead, we are witnessing a big rush of energy entering the political world and things are turning upside down.  Those on the Left who have always seen themselves as champions of freedom and democracy are becoming more and more censorial and authoritarian.

Meanwhile, more people are turning to the Right as they lose faith in the liberal and centre politicians who have failed to listen to their concerns and grievances and who have brought in changes that have transformed their communities and countries without consultation nor consent.

This energy is shaking things up.  It’s removing some of that smug complacency (from both voters and politicians) and reminding us all that our votes do make a difference.

It’s reminding us that our democracy is a precious thing, and that we should never again leave it to others to make decisions for us.

Demonstration and Protest

By all means make your voices heard but don’t smash windows and burn cars.  Burning the limousine belonging to a Muslim immigrant doesn’t do your cause any favours.  Nor does bullying and intimidating Trump supporters simply because you disagree with their points of view.

Is a hijab an appropriate symbol to use in the Women’s March of January 22nd?  Again, depends on your point of view. If you’re one of the organisers bemoaning the fact that 22 states in the US don’t allow Sharia law then it’s probably part of your agenda.

If on the other hand you feel the way this woman does, then it is not appropriate:

It breaks my heart, as someone who is forced to wear this atrocity since the age of 11 (I am 25 now), to see them celebrating the tool of my oppression. Being a hijabi has denied me so many rights, I feel offended right now. I don’t see how this is standing up for minorities. I am a full grown woman who lives a submissive life because she can’t afford to be independent, and has to do things she doesn’t approve of so that she can have something to eat. My parents have threatened repeatedly to throw me on the streets if I ever take it off. Millions of girls are denied their basic rights because of the hijab mentality. Why aren’t you standing up for them?”

 

Some thoughts on the Age of Jihad in Europe

Some thoughts on the Age of Jihad in Europe

The Hunkpapa Lakota holy man Sitting Bull once said, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”   Today we could paraphrase that and say, “Let us put our minds together and see how we can prevent our children being slaughtered by jihadis.”

My parents generation had to fight the Nazis. It fell to them to fight fascism and to endure a horrendous war which threatened to crush everything; all hope, all joy, and all freedoms.

It falls upon the current and it would seem the next generation to live in the Age of Jihad and deal with all the threats and events it imposes upon them.

The assumption is that the vast majority of people want to prevent further acts of violence, to protect the vulnerable, and to live in an atmosphere of peace, cooperation, and mutual respect.

Here’s a little brainstorm about the current situation in Europe.  I’ve tried to keep it factual but some opinions have crept in there too.  It’s not just about jihadis and islamism, it’s about mass migration too because the two things are intertwined.  You can’t discuss one without soon including the other.

  1. Lack of border control means that inadequate checks are carried out on people arriving into Europe. The terrorists and criminals mingle freely with the innocent.
  2. Lack of checks and intelligence combined with the criminality of those who play the system means that the difference between a war refugee, asylum seeker, and migrant is often blurred.
  3. Germany appears to have become so sensitive to its recent past that many precautions and security practices that might help track terrorists or provide evidence of their actions are not implemented for fear of intruding on the privacy of its citizens. (It seems that may be about to change).
  4. Homegrown terrorists are radicalised by clerics and other mentors who live freely and unchallenged among us. Some are even invited to speak at our universities.
  5. Any non native person convicted of a violent act is rarely deported after serving his sentence, leaving them free to continue to exploit the system and commit further acts of terror or criminality.
  6. Convicted criminals and terrorists are free to move about in Europe at will thanks to open border agreements within the Schengen Area.
  7. Freedom of movement allows UK and European citizens to travel to Syria to join the jihad and return into the ranks of those also trained and radicalised.
  8. The security services do not have the resources to monitor all of them and have to prioritise their efforts based on whatever intelligence they can gather.
  9. Sometimes, as in the case of the Berlin attack, they stop watching someone who then goes on to carry out an atrocity.
  10. Sectarianism and factionalism within Islam fuels violence. Peaceful Muslim sects like the Ahmadiyya are persecuted by others who regard them as heretics*.
  11. When Ahmadiyya Muslims show sympathy and support after islamist atrocities the mainstream media reports on them as if they represent all Muslims.
  12. Rival factions within the religion have been engaged in a vicious cycle of violence for millennia.
  13. There is widespread ignorance of this same sectarianism and factionalism within the press, media, and public.
  14. With continued mass migrations into Europe this violent factionalism is imported along with other cultural practices that are at odds with liberal western democracies.
  15. Antisemitism has increased greatly in Europe in recent years. For many Jews life has become intolerable in some European cities and they have emigrated.
  16. Segregation rather than integration is on the increase in many European cities, with large areas devoid of any sign of multiculturalism.
  17. The mainstream media and left wing pressure groups are more concerned with the reaction to acts of terrorism than the atrocities themselves.
  18. Worries about a rise in islamophobia are stronger than their concerns about the spread of islamism and violent jihad. There is almost a ‘we had it coming‘ attitude.
  19. Voters are turning to right wing politicians for answers since the excessive liberalism of the centre and left seems to be not only ineffectual but the actual cause of the current problems.
  20. Requests for stronger immigration controls are dismissed as racism and xenophobia and are quickly followed by another lecture on the benefits of immigration.
  21. Requests for stronger immigration controls are seen as a condemnation of immigration itself rather than limiting it to sustainable levels.
  22. Anyone, particularly politicians, who dares to point at the connection between mass immigration and the rise of islamism in Europe is dismissed as islamophobic.
  23. Warnings from reformed radicals who know the islamist mindset only too well are often ignored.
  24. Muslim reformers, converts to Christianity, and apostates are subjected to harassment and campaigns of violence on the grounds that they are blasphemers and heretics.
  25. The Police are quick to respond to reports of alleged hate crime but not so keen when the alleged perpetrators are themselves from an ethnic minority due to fears about cultural sensitivities and of being regarded as racist.
  26. Political Correctness has caused real and significant damage, pain, and distress by preventing the Police, Social Services, and other authorities from investigating numerous crimes recurring over many years.
  27. Neither left nor right can claim to occupy the moral high ground.  Extremism and intolerance exist at either end of the political spectrum.
  28. Lack of opportunity and socio-economic factors don’t radicalise people.  Some terrorists are educated and employed.

*Examples:

  • Ahmadiyya Muslim shopkeeper from Glasgow Asad Shah murdered by Sunni Muslim from Bradford Tanveer Ahmed (stabbed in the head multiple times in ferocious and prolonged attack because he ‘disrespected’ Islam)
  • Mohammed Hussain Syeedy from Rochdale murdered Imam from Rochdale called Jalal Uddin (head smashed in with multiple blows) because he disagreed with his theological ideas.

Suggestions

  1. The media needs to make a strong effort to distinguish between Sunni/Shia/Salafi/Wahabi and other forms of Islam like Ahmadiyya or Sufi.
  2. This pandering to political correctness must end as soon as possible.  We need to have frank and open discussions without resorting to labeling people and dismissing their concerns and viewpoints simply because we don’t agree with them.
  3. Everyone is responsible for their own reactions.  If you’re offended then it’s your choice to be so.  It doesn’t make you right and your human rights have not been violated.
  4. Security is everyone’s responsibility and we should all be vigilant to potential threats.  We have a duty to report suspicious activity to the relevant authorities.
  5. Governments should pay more heed to those who understand the islamist mindset and give less attention to associations to those who are thinly disguised fronts for extremist viewpoints.

That’s it for the moment.  What are your suggestions?  What’s your analysis and how do you think we can prevent more people from being bombed, stabbed, shot, run over, assaulted, and otherwise hurt?