No matter the outcome of this week's British referendum on whether to leave the European Union, the damage is already done. The Brexit campaign has given British citizens an eyeful of the globalist agenda, and they have now witnessed the extent to which defenders of that agenda will go to keep Brits in line through fear and threats.
The "remain" camp's message hasn't been that things are going too wonderfully to warrant a change. That would be a tough sell to people who feel that things are pretty lousy right now. Instead, the "pro-Europe" message is that things could potentially get even worse. It's basic psychology: People tend to be more motivated by the fear of losing what little they have than by the prospect of gaining something they don't have. Thus, those who have been advocating for Britain to remain in its European straitjacket have treated voters the same way parents treat a child threatening to run away from home.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker paternalistically lectured the citizens of the world's fifth-largest economy: "Regarding the consequences of a Brexit, I have said that a deserter would not be welcomed with open arms. That is the stance of the commission as well as the attitude of other governments."
So don't expect to just drop in and use your old bedroom as if you still lived here!
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said the rest of Europe would have to "avoid contamination caused by a Brexit."
"In the interest of the EU," Macron said, "we cannot afford any ambiguity and cannot let too much time pass. One is in or out."
In other words, if you dare leave this house, make sure to collect your Brexit-cooties-infested belongings from the driveway before you go!
"[I]f a fall in house prices and loss of jobs causes a recession after Brexit, as is likely, there will be very little that monetary policy can do to stimulate the economy and counteract the consequent loss of demand," billionaire financier George Soros wrote in the Guardian.
Hear that, ungrateful plebeians? That's the sound of your job and the very roof over your head imploding!
Soros has also said that if the EU collapses, Vladimir Putin and Russia will win some sort of longevity contest. "The fact is that Putin's Russia and the EU are engaged in a race against time: the question is which one will collapse first," Soros wrote in an earlier Guardian piece.
Soros apparently forgets that, as Russia has proven, countries can have a life outside of formal globalist blocs. This is particularly true of countries with large, powerful economies. By leaving their blocs, these countries can act out of free will rather than be strong-armed by the likes of Soros.
"Now that team might have gone on to win trophies," Beckham wrote, "but we were a better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman Roy Keane and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona."
Shockingly, a soccer player is completely missing the political point. It's not freedom of movement for the Danish, French and Irish that Brexit proponents are concerned about. The policies driving anti-EU sentiments are more accurately reflected in the makeup of the French national soccer team, which has players from Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Ghana and Gabon. And while no one is arguing that the best and brightest of any country shouldn't have full global mobility, the problem is that current European immigration policies aren't limited to such highly skilled individuals.
All the scaremongering being done by EU politicians and bureaucrats serving in the entirely redundant "European" level of government is driven by a deep-seated fear: They worry that one less country will be available to pay their fat salaries, and that they are a step closer to having their positions eliminated altogether.
Then there are the financiers like Soros who get richer when developed nations are flooded with cheap labor -- which is what happens when countries lack control over their own borders. Soros had tipped his hand earlier this year. "A comprehensive asylum policy for Europe, I believe, should establish a firm and reliable annual target of 300,000-500,000 refugees," he wrote. Soros also championed a trans-European value-added tax, which would force citizens to support people who might eventually take their jobs.
Brexit is a litmus test to determine whether the democratic body that the EU claims to be can withstand the real test of a popular vote. What's already clear is that those who want to stay in control are willing to turn independence into a dirty word.