Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Progressives Proclaim Nation-States Are Obsolete

Have you noticed when liberals lose an election they claim the electorate are a bunch of uneducated toddlers throwing temper tantrums at the polls?  They dismiss voters with a condescending attitude with remarks such as, the peasantry has voted against their own interest.  When it comes right down to it, progressives whether foreign or domestic have a problem with democracy.  What they want are unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to run our lives without recourse, or due process which is what the European Union is all about.

Americans could easily conflate British complaints with our own very real problems in Washington D.C.  We too have unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats running our country.  We too have global elites mocking nation-states and our representative republic.  These snobs are in government, big business, and in the media.  Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post is a perfect example of this mentality.  He recently wrote an op-ed parroting the standard globalists’ diatribe.  Here is an excerpt:

 I hope U.S. voters are paying attention. The Brexit solution is pure counterfeit but the underlying issues are real. In Britain as in this country, working-class incomes are stagnant, and immigration, to some, seems out of control. Globalization seems to benefit the well-off and well-educated at the expense of everyone else. The temptation is to take refuge in nationalism — forget the rest of the world, take care of our own, fend for ourselves. Build a wall.

That is Trump's message. But the gap between what he promises and what he can possibly deliver is even wider than in the Brexit example.

It is a cliche to say that we live in an interconnected world, but that is the truth. Globalization is a fact and cannot be repealed by referendum — or, for that matter, by slogans printed on baseball caps. Nor can technological progress be reversed by any amount of ranting and raving.

According to Eugene Robinson and his ilk, the nation-state is obsolete; democracy is obsolete.  There is no such thing as a United States of America there is only an America and its going to have to join the world by forgoing sovereignty and embrace a borderless society which will be run by a priestly sect of bureaucrats and global businesses who know what’s best for you and the world because plebeians are too stupid to look out for their own self-interest.

Brexit is a repudiation of foreign, bureaucratic rule.  Donald Trump’s success at the polls is a repudiation of global elitest rule.  However, if there is one lesson to be learned from decades of progressivsm it is they don’t give up.  National sovereignty is under attack and will be for the foreseeable future.

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