I begin writing Thursday night under the influence of a bit of beer and a lot of schadenfreudein celebration of Labour and the LibDems getting their just desserts. But I retain enough wisdom to review and rewrite this morning. Still, I cannot resist wondering if history is, if not repeating, at least echoing.
No, it’s not just booze that has me pondering this. I am barely old enough to remember Margaret Thatcher’s groundbreaking victory in 1979. Labour had power for much of the 70’s thanks to the foolish and dishonest Edward Heath. But Labour blew their chance with obnoxious Leftist policies that ground the UK economy into the ground.
Thatcher’s victory turned out to be a precursor for the election of Ronald Reagan the following year. The Democrats had power since 1974 thanks to the foolish and dishonest Richard Nixon. But the Democrats blew their chance with obnoxious Leftist policies that ground the US economy into the ground. Reagan won in a landslide, and Republicans took the Senate.
Fast forward, in June 2016,British were fed up with the establishment of both major parties who did not listen to them but who were instead beholden to EU Brussels bureaucrats. So in a shocking upset they voted for Brexit; they voted to leave the EU.
In 2016, Americans were fed up with the establishment of both major parties who did not listen to them but who were instead beholden to the Washington establishment. So, after dispatching Jeb! and Co. mercilessly in the Republican primaries, they in a shocking upset elected Donald Trump as President of the United States.
In the years since, neither the Left nor the establishment of the UK and US have respected those 2016 votes and have worked tirelessly to undermine them.
So we get last night. Yes, there are significant differences from Thatcher’s election and even Brexit, but Labour did have some power before the election thank to the weak and duplicitous Teresa May. But they blew their chance with obnoxious Leftist policies with a strong dose of anti-semitism and, probably most importantly, by disrespecting the 2016 Brexit referendum result. And the LibDems were even more all in on undoing Brexit.
And you know the result last night (with one seat undeclared): Labour loses 42 seats; the LibDems lose almost half their seats; Boris Johnson and the Tories gain 66 seats, a strong majority, and, barring any egregious foolishness, he will be PM for at least five years. Contempt for Brexit and for democracy were thoroughly punished.
Here in the U. S. the Democrats have some power, holding the House, most cities, several states, the “news” media, and most cultural institutions. But they are blowing their chance with obnoxious Leftist policies with a strong dose of anti-semitism and, probably most importantly, bystilldisrespecting the 2016 election of Trump, even to the point of the current absurd impeachment effort.
And . . . you can probably guess what I am hoping and praying for next year – the Democrats being thoroughly punished for their contempt for democracy. Last night in the UK may yet again be a precursor for the US. I am not quite yet to the point of expecting that. But I did not entirely expect the 1980 Reagan landslide or Trump either.
So history may yet again echo. We shall see.