Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in a statement on the stunning Brexit vote, said the decision of the U.K.’s citizens to take a giant step back away from the seemingly-relentless forces of greater globalization is America’s cue to do the same.
Said Sessions, “Now it’s our time. The period of the nation state has not ended. No far off global government or union can command the loyalty of a people like their own country. Vague unions have no ability to call on the people to sacrifice for the common good. They seem incapable of making decisions and when they do, they have difficulty executing the decision.
Far better to celebrate the wonder and proven worth of good nation states and to work hard to use that foundation to build harmonious political and trading relations among the nations. This is the best basis for peace and prosperity.”
In Washington, Sen. Sessions is principally known for his role as senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, but he has also been gaining traction as an overt political operative in the camp of Donald Trump, serving the presumptive GOP presidential nominee in the capacity of chairman of his Foreign Policy Advisory Committee.
For his part, Trump said of the vote, “I said this was going to happen, and I think that it's a great thing. Basically they took back their country.”
The European Union is essentially the product of the Second World War. After the massive conflict, key European establishment figures of political and intellectual persuasions came together to begin the process of creating an organization of regional countries designed to enhance peace and prosperity in no small way by enhancing borderlessness. In recent years, however, the citizens of key member states, like the U.K., have grown acutely weary of the decisions made in Brussels, Belgium (home to the EU’s principal components, like its parliament) that have had a deleterious effect on their own well-being; it is generally understood, for example, that liberal EU immigration policies played a big part in prompting many U.K. citizens to vote to leave the EU. More broadly, over 50 percent of the rules and laws that now govern Britain originate at the EU…although that is, apparently, now going to change.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large