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After Brexit, a Trump Path to Victory

June 28, 2016 at 6:50 am 23 Commentary
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Some of us have long predicted the breakup of the European Union. The Cousins appear to have just delivered the coup de grace.

While Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU, England voted for independence. These people, with their unique history, language and culture, want to write their own laws and rule themselves.

The English wish to remain who they are, and they do not want their country to become, in Theodore Roosevelt’s phrase, “a polyglot boarding house” for the world.

From patriots of all nations, congratulations are in order.

It will all begin to unravel now, over there, and soon over here.

Across Europe, tribalism, of all strains, is resurgent. Not only does the EU appear to be breaking up, countries appear about to break up.

Scotland will seek a second referendum to leave the U.K. The French National Front of Marine Le Pen and the Dutch Party for Freedom both want out of the EU. As Scots seek to secede from the U.K., Catalonia seeks to secede from Spain, Veneto from Italy, and Flemish nationalists from Belgium.

Ethnonationalism seems everywhere ascendant. Yet, looking back in history, is this not the way the world has been going for some centuries now?

The disintegration of the EU into its component nations would follow, as Vladimir Putin helpfully points out, the dissolution of the USSR into 15 nations, and the breakup of Yugoslavia into seven.

Czechoslovakia lately split in two. The Donbass seeks to secede from Ukraine. Is that so different from Transnistria splitting off from Romania, Abkhazia and South Ossetia seceding from Georgia, and Chechnya seeking separation from Russia?

After World War II came the disintegration of the French and British empires and birth of dozens of new nations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. America returned the Philippine islands to their people.

The previous century saw the collapse of the Spanish Empire and birth of a score of new nations in our own hemisphere.

In Xi Jinping’s China and Putin’s Russia, nationalism is rising, even as China seeks to repress Uighur and Tibetan separatists.

People want to rule themselves, and be themselves, separate from all others. Palestinians want their own nation. Israelis want “a Jewish state.”

On Cyprus, Turks and Greeks seem happier apart.

Kurds are fighting to secede from Turkey and Iraq, and perhaps soon from Syria and Iran. Afghanistan appears to be splintering into regions dominated by Pashtuns, Hazaras, Uzbeks and Tajiks.

Eritrea has left Ethiopia. South Sudan has seceded from Khartoum.

Nor is America immune to the populist sentiments surging in Europe.

In Bernie Sanders’ fulminations against corporate and financial elites one hears echoes of the radical leftist rhetoric in Greece and Italy against EU banking elites.

And as “Brexit” swept the native-born English outside of multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual London, populist-nationalist Donald Trump and antiestablishment Ted Cruz swept the native-born white working and middle classes in the primaries.

In Britain, all the mainstream parties — Labor, Tory, Liberal Democrat, Scottish National — supported “Remain.” All lost.

Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party alone won.

In the past six months, millions of Democrats voted for a 74-year-old socialist against the establishment choice, Hillary Clinton, as Bush-Romney-Ryan Republicanism was massively repudiated in the Republican primaries.

As Trump said last week, “We got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism — focusing on what’s good for America’s middle class — to a policy of globalism, focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move their wealth and workers to foreign countries all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy.”

Yesterday, news arrived that in May alone, the U.S. had run a trade deficit in goods of $60 billion. This translates into an annual deficit of $720 billion in goods, or near 4 percent of our GDP wiped out by purchases of foreign-made rather than U.S.-made goods.

In 40 years, we have not run a trade surplus. The most self-sufficient republic in all of history now relies for its necessities upon other nations.

What might a Trumpian policy of Americanism over globalism entail?

A 10 to 20 percent tariff on manufactured goods to wipe out the trade deficit in goods, with the hundreds of billions in revenue used to slash or eliminate corporate taxes in the USA.

Every U.S. business would benefit. Every global company would have an incentive not only to move production here, but its headquarters here.

An “America first” immigration policy would secure the border, cut legal immigration to tighten U.S. labor markets, strictly enforce U.S. laws against those breaking into our country, and get tough with businesses that make a practice of hiring people here illegally.

In Europe and America, corporate, financial and political elites are increasingly disrespected and transnationalism is receding. An anti-establishment, nationalist, populist wave is surging across Europe and the USA.

It is an anti-insider, anti-Clinton wave, and Trump could ride it to victory.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.

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  1. buddyb73 June 28, 2016 at 8:27 am

    And Texas needs to secede and put up a big barbed wire fence around the whole perimeter with posted signs.

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    • raybobrock June 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Amen from the Heart of Texas!!!

      I am afraid however that we would also need to put a bigger fence around Austin or maybe just send them all off to New York or California where they belong.

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      ltuser June 28, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      True, Houston is getting corrupted by the same nuts that have ruined CA, DC, NY and Co…

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  2. pm5200 June 28, 2016 at 10:15 am

    It is an anti-insider, anti-Clinton wave, and Trump could ride it to victory.

    Patrick J. Buchanan; I sure hope you are right. It is a MUST too get those CROOKS out of Government. “NOW”

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  3. john45 June 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Back in the 80’s when the company I worked for kept saying that we needed to become a “World Class company”, I continued to ask why we wanted to lower ourselves to that level. America has always stood for a higher quality and better standard than any world class value.

    Now, at least England in Great Britain has realized they are better than the conglomeration called the EU.

    I agree, A great America with Trump is better than World Class with Clinton any day.

    Just sayin

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      ltuser June 28, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Great job.. I take it your ‘seniors’ didn’t like your statement though..

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  4. DrGadget June 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I agree fully with the import tariff, because it is a *privilege* to sell your goods in the American market. This is beyond dispute. But I would go further. Some countries have ridiculous tariffs against American goods, like 100%. No problem. Whatever their tariff is against American goods, we automatically double it to their goods. You charge 100% tariff on goods entering China? We charge 200% on Chinese goods entering America. Automatic, hands-off. No discussion, no exclusions.

    Any smart country will drop their tariffs against American goods. Any stupid country will keep them up out of principle and lose out on all that money. Who needs them?

    As for the Brexit, Scotland has renewed reasons for leaving the UK. The UK needs to offer them some serious considerations to prevent this. More autonomy, better representation, something. Whatever they want is probably reasonable.

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    • raybobrock June 28, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      I think you may want to rethink your position. An estimated 70% of all non-food products sold at Walmart (the single largest employer in the United States) come from China. How many of the 2.2 Million Walmart employees in the US are going to be laid off when all of those Chinese made product go up in price 200%. And that’s just Walmart, that doesn’t include all the other retailers whose have a majority of products that are made in China. Tariffs can be a really good thing or a really bad thing. But they cannot be used as a knee jerk reaction. My fear is that an emotional President Trump will have a knee jerk reaction while a President Hillary will sell us all out while lining her own pockets. I know there are a lot of Trump fans on this site but to be completely honest they both scare the hell out of me.

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      ltuser June 28, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      I would also get a lot hotter on cramping down on economic theft of ideas BY many of those other nations, Especially China.
      Which is why i can’t understand WHY any tech giant would even HIRE a frikken Chinese person..

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    • oleteabag June 28, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      raybobrock, virtually ALL stores are full of merchandise from China and other countries, because VIRTUALLY NOTHING is manufactured in the US anymore! I’ve been saying for YEARS–wonder when these people who manufacture stuff DIRT CHEAP offshore, then jack up the price when they import it back into the “American market” for maximum profit will figure out that due to their actions, people in the US who have NO JOBS or work for LOW WAGES can no longer afford to BUY their overpriced any longer?

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    • DrGadget June 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      You’re thinking 1-dimensionally, raybobrock. Prices won’t go up 200%. They will go up 20%.

      China is not stupid enough to maintain a 100% import tariff on American goods if it means they won’t be able to sell to Wal-Mart. None of this happens in a vacuum. There’s cause and effect.

      However, if we’re not bleeding out every month in unbalanced trade, then we will have extra money and the 20% hike won’t be felt.

      We can’t sacrifice the whole country for the sake of Wal-Mart’s short term profit margin. They’ve made hundreds of billions of dollars by profiting in America’s demise.

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      ltuser June 29, 2016 at 12:42 am

      Good point teabag. Maybe if more WAS made in the US, we wouldn’t have to import so damn much..

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    • raybobrock June 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

      DrGadget,

      Please explain your math. The US places a 200% tariff on a product imported from China, the Chinese raise the price 20% and then eat the other 180%?

      If that happens then the Chinese quit selling us anything. All the retailers have nothing to sell and somehow, magically, currently non existent US manufacturers start hiring people to manufacture those products here and everyone in the US is happy to go spend 200% or more for the same products just because they are made in the US. The reason so much manufacturing has moved to China is because they have so many people who are willing to work for little to nothing and live with a standard of living that would make the typical welfare mom with 5 kids cringe.

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    • raybobrock June 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Here’s an idea, how about we let the Chinese, and the Koreans build whatever they want and then we figure out how to compete with them. We will never lower the wages in this country to a point where we can compete with them using the same number of employees, so we have to be innovative and figure out how to do it with a lot less people. But alas we can’t really do that because no one is willing to invest in companies that build anything because the taxes and regulations stifle any hope of being profitable. Not to mention the fact that most of the people who would work in those manufacturing jobs are already making more than they could be paid by working, by taking handouts from a multitude of government programs. Why work at a manufacturing job when Uncle Sugar will pay you more to stay home and smoke crack.

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    • raybobrock June 29, 2016 at 9:12 am

      5 years ago I was helping a startup get going. We had a great product, no one else in the world made. We have the patents, we had systems ready to sell, we were going to initially employ 15 to 20 manufacturing people and 3 to 4 middle and lower management personnel. All we needed was the funding to start the manufacturing process. We had a great team with lots of startup experience. But we could not get funding. I met with a total of about 25 initial investors. From venture capital firms ( I have a lot of friends and former colleagues in this area), to banks, to small business administration organizations. Anyone who had money and would consider investing. NO ONE WOULD INVEST. Why, because they knew the bureaucratic hassles associated with a manufacturing startup. Everyone wanted to invest in .com’s and that’s where all the investment was going. Unfortunately it still is.

      Slapping tariffs on foreign goods is anti-capitalistic. There are a lot of really good, very smart people in this country that could still compete. But we have a government that is at least 10 times bigger than it needs to be, and all the bureaucrats know how to do is get in the way. Go read Atlas Shrugged. Cause it’s already happened. The takers have now outnumbered the producers.

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      ltuser June 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Ray its kind of hard to keep competing with them, when darn near every technological innovation we create gets STOLEN by their hackers and spies..
      Till we reign that in first, we will never stay ahead of them in innovation.

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    • raybobrock June 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      Ituser, I agree with your last post 100%. I recall working the larger telecom trade shows and watching reps from the big three Chinese telecom equipment manufacturers snooping around other companies booths. Typically using fake badges and pretending to work for an end user, while trying to learn as much as they could about their products. But none of those types of products are sold at your local Walmart. Raising tariffs on everything will not fix that problem. It will only cause a whole lot of retail workers to be laid off when people stop buying anything because they can no longer afford it. I remember going to Japan in 1987. I thought it would be a great time to buy a video camera, assuming they would be a lot cheaper there. It turns out they were 50 to 60% higher there for the same product. It turns out the Japanese were willing to pay a lot more for homemade goods. Americans were not then and are not now. Punish the criminals and block products where intellectual property has been stole, but leave the trinket manufacturing to those that can do it cheaply.

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    • Carroll June 29, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Raybobrock – Manufacturing in the USA is a major part of Trump’s plan in making America great again. He is a successful businessman, and he can eliminate the bureaucratic red tape, down size the government, eliminate billions in welfare, and increase employment resulting in additional revenue, and he will know how much import tax the market will stand. I can remember a great America, where I worked after school, Saturdays, and summer vacations to pay for my brand new 55 Ford Victoria hardtop, because we didn’t have illegal aliens taking the jobs that school kids were willing to do. There is a book called ‘Fruit Fields in my Blood”, that features my two Uncles and their families that followed the fruit fields from Texas to California, and Washington. They made a good living, bought a nice farm in Arkansas, but eventually were forced out of those fields by cheap illegal aliens. I believe that America, and England, must require proof of citizenship through the e-verify system before any employment. With no jobs and no welfare, illegals will find their own way back home. My wife and many friends are immigrants, but they are legal! I believe Trump has enough business sense to accomplish many things to help make America great again. Trump is the only one with enough money to not be bought out by the globalists, enough arrogant confidence that he is not intimidated by the globalists, nor the most evil – political correctness. We must give Trump a chance.

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  5. oleteabag June 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Liberals here in the US of A are DESPERATELY arguing that the “Brexit” vote has NOTHING to do with our election in November. They are WRONG.

    Globalist Elites have spread their tentacles over the world, including the US. And because their interests are counter to those of “common” people, they really don’t give a DAMN what happens to them. They don’t CARE if common people have jobs or can feed their families. All THEY care about is that huge international banks and investment firms can move money around at will, without regard to borders or “local” laws, and giant multinational corporations can move their assets around like pieces on a chessboard–wherever the profits are greatest–and regardless of the HUMAN WRECKAGE that occurs in the wake of their maneuvering.

    They are callous and COMPLETELY out of touch with those they seek to rule. The fact that they were so “shocked” at the Brexit vote is PROOF of their CLUELESS elitism! And since Obama has virtually ERASED our borders and tried REPEATEDLY to suborn the US to the authority of the UN, he is pulling the SAME GLOBALIST BS HERE, and yes, Americans are ALSO in a mood to REBEL against their GLOBALIST masters and elect somebody who will put AMERICA FIRST. So I submit the Brexit vote is a PREVIEW of what will happen in November–if Obama and the REST of his globalist cabal don’t pull a “martial law” maneuver to stop the election from happening.

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  6. williweb June 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Trump is the only one with integrity. Liars out – Trump 2016

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  7. raybobrock June 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    As someone who has worked for half a dozen high tech startups, let the Chinese make all the trinkets they want and sell them cheaply here and abroad. I spent the first 3 years of the Obama administration unemployed and trying desperately to get funding for several startups with great ideas and great products. Investment in this country has been at a standstill for years because the government continues to stifle incentives with the threats of higher taxes and regulations. It’s time to shrink the size of government and get it out of the way. Hillary will never do that, I am hopeful Trump will but I have my doubts.

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  8. joejackson June 29, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Trump must speak in a Presidential manner stating what he is for e.g. Term Limits, Balanced Budget, Flat Tax, legal immigration, support the Constitution,call out Hillary on corruptness with facts:Clinton foundation bribes, Hillary’s emails illegal to anyone else, media endless coverup of Clinton scandals for 30 years,Benghazi, muslim video lie pushing Susan rice to lie for her and Obama without shame for any of them,border control with a wall and and enforcement like every sensible country has. Brixit must happen here NOW.

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  9. pm5200 June 29, 2016 at 8:03 am

    I think you may want to rethink your position. An estimated 70% of all non-food products sold at Walmart (the single largest employer in the United States) come from China. How many of the 2.2 Million Walmart employees in the US are going to be laid off when all of those Chinese made product go up in price 200%. And that’s just Walmart, that doesn’t include all the other retailers whose have a majority of products that are made in China. Tariffs can be a really good thing or a really bad thing. But they cannot be used as a knee jerk reaction. My fear is that an emotional President Trump will have a knee jerk reaction while a President Hillary will sell us all out while lining her own pockets. I know there are a lot of Trump fans on this site but to be completely honest they both scare the hell out of me.

    JUST GET OVER IT.!!!!! Don’t Import Those Products, Make it here we don’t need their junk.

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