TOPICS and LINKS
1. Britain’s Independence Day: Brexit creates a binary division unlike anything we’ve seen before
2. The First Big Blast: An analysis of Donald Trump’s June 22 speech targeting Hillary Clinton (59m 37s)
BRITAIN’S INDEPENDENCE DAY
YouTube: Knightsbridge March – Eric Coates
John Ivison in the National Post, Jun. 24, 2016: Brexit vote has created a disunited kingdom
Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail, Jun. 24, 2016: Carney sacked, Lord Farage and bye-bye Scotland. Oh, and a brand new party! PETER OBORNE looks into his crystal ball to see what the coming months might hold
Politico, Feb. 26, 2016: David Cameron unleashes ‘project fear’
Face to Face Blog, Jun. 23, 2016: Brexit wins!
Richard Kay in The Daily Mail, Jun. 24, 2016: From Liz Hurley to Eddie Izzard and Sir Michael Caine to Bob Geldof, the winners and (oh, joy) losers of the EU referendum
Billy Bragg Tweet, Jun. 16. 2016: “This image sums up why I voted #Remain: Not every Leave voter is a racist, but every racist will vote Leave.”
CBC, Jun. 19, 2016: Musician Billy Bragg’s biting approach to Brexit
Huffington Post UK, June 24, 2016: EU Referendum Results See Londoners Call For Independent Capital After Brexit Vote
The Telegraph, Jun. 13, 2016: London mayor Sadiq Khan bans body-shaming ads from public transport
High Pay Centre, Oct. 22, 2013: The Corporate Conquest–How big companies suck money out of the North East
Metro.co.uk, Jun. 19, 2016: Boris Johnson’s dad defies his son to come out in support of staying in Europe
CTV News, Jun. 24, 2016: Scotland votes to remain; new independence referendum ‘highly likely’
CBC, Sep. 29, 2015: Trudeau commits $900M to boost high-tech innovation, fund startup incubators
Huffington Post Canada, Jun. 24, 2016: Jason Kenney Tweets Brexit Voters Chose ‘Hope Over Fear,’ Slams Trudeau
CBC, Jun. 21, 2016: Jason Kenney isn’t confirming, or denying, a possible PC leadership run
donaldjtrump.com, Jun. 24, 2016: Donald J. Trump Statement Regarding British Referendum on E.U. Membership
hillaryclinton.com, Jun. 24, 2016: Hillary Clinton Statement on Brexit Vote
Breitbart, Jun. 28, 2016: Soros–‘Brexit’ Vote Must Be Overturned Or the European Union Is ‘Doomed’
Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept, Jun. 25, 2016: Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions
Christopher Hayes Tweet, Jun. 23, 2016: “I don’t want a future in which politics is primarily a battle between cosmopolitan finance capitalism and ethno-nationalist backlash.”
Play us out this half
Youtube, Jul. 25, 2014: The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (Official Audio)
THE FIRST BIG BLAST
Politico, Jun. 22, 2016: Full transcript–Donald Trump NYC speech on stakes of the election
The Intercept, Mar. 30, 2016: Majority of Americans Now Support Donald Trump’s Proposed Muslim Ban, Poll Shows
Politico, Jun. 19, 2016: Think You’ve Got It Locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein.
The Telegraph, Mar. 25, 2008: Hillary Clinton’s Bosnia sniper story exposed
The Smoking Gun, Jun. 21, 2016: DNC Researched Clinton Speeches, Travel Records–Hacked documents are latest “Guccifer 2.0” leak
Daily Mail, May 23, 2016: Hillary Clinton pocketed $21.6 MILLION in two years making speeches to corporate America as she picked up a six-figure check nearly every week after she left the Obama administration
The Hill, Feb. 6, 2016: Clintons made $153 million off speeches: report
Wikipedia: Geraldine Ferraro
Hacienda Publishing, Sept/Oct 1999: Year of the Rat — How Bill Clinton Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash by Edward Timperlake and William C. Triplett, II
The National Interest, Apr. 12, 2016: Hillary Clinton’s China Problem
CNN, Jun. 15, 2015: 45 times Secretary Clinton pushed the trade bill she now opposes
Business Insider, Mar. 10, 2015: Why did Hillary Clinton delete about 30,000 emails?
The Atlantic, Jan. 29, 2013: Hillary Clinton Traveled 956,733 Miles During Her Time as Secretary of State
CBS News, Nov. 17, 2015: Hillary Clinton weighs in on Syrian refugee crisis
International Business Times, May 25, 2015: Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department
Amazon.com: Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer
New York Times, Apr. 23, 2015: Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal
Washington Post, Sep. 1, 2013: Hillary Clinton’s gifts from foreign leaders more lavish than those for Obama
Gateway Pundit, May 10, 2016: REPORT: Hillary’s Emails Hacked by Russia – Kremlin Deciding Whether to Release 20,000 Stolen Emails
Politico, Oct. 8, 2015: Clinton server faced hacking from China, South Korea and Germany
28Sherman (Ryan Landry), Apr. 14, 2015: Hillary is Perfect For Today’s America
rightgrrl.com: The Starr Report (PDF)
New York Post, Jun. 25, 2016: Clinton White House was den of coke, mistresses: ex-Secret Service officer
Promo for this episode written by Kevin Michael Grace for vdare.com and posted there first July 7, 2016, 7:09 pm
Grace & Steel Podcast: Independence Day for Britain (and England and Scotland); Trump Dismantles Crooked Hillary; etc.
Episode 43 of my podcast is now posted here (with copious links). In Part 1, we celebrate June 23, the Brexit, or Independence Day, as Nigel Farage so properly called it. This was the happiest political night of my life: more so than Reagan winning in 1980, even more so than Pierre Trudeau losing in 1979. (Fly in the ointment of the last example: Conservative Leader Joe Clark.)
Brexit was the perfect binary division. All the good people, like Nigel Lawson, James Dyson and Joan Collins, supported Leave. All the creeps, like Theresa May, Alan Sugar and Bob Geldof, supported Remain, which also boasted the support of the Conservative Party, Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens, the Bank of England, George Soros, Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau, the clever-Dick pundits and the entire globalist establishment.
There’s a reason voters are not presented many referenda; given the chance to say No, the people will do so. The reaction from the globalists was first shock, then fury and finally a mixture of panic and defiance. How dare hoi polloi disagree with their betters. We demand another vote, with the proper result this time. They predicted financial disaster in the wake of a Leave vote and didn’t bother to disguise their Schadenfreude when the markets went briefly wobbly. They have no clue that their economic forecast was prima facie confirmation of the weakness of their system. As one of my Twitter followers remarked, “If one referendum in one country can crash the world economy, then maybe globalism wasn’t such a great idea.”
If one referendum in one country can crash the world economy, then maybe globalism wasn't such a great idea. https://t.co/aXVTmqqDQJ
— Bud (@therepocode) June 24, 2016
The flag that will be saluted on the new national holiday Farage spoke of will surely be the Cross of Saint George. England chose Leave by 53.4%-46.4%. Scotland, on the hand, went 62%-38% Remain. My Welsh cousins chose Leave 52.5%-47.5%, while basket-case Northern Ireland went 55.8%-44.2% Remain.
Scotland is likewise a basket case and, to mix metaphors, a millstone around England’s neck. It is England’s Quebec. The parallels are uncanny. English Peters are robbed to pay Scottish Pauls. To add insult to injury, the Scots never stop demanding more money and sovereignty. Devolution is an outrage, and it is unsustainable, as the-then Scottish MP for West Lothian, Tam Dalyell, argued in 1977:
For how long will English constituencies and English Honourable members tolerate…at least 119 Honourable Members from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland exercising an important, and probably often decisive, effect on English politics while they themselves have no say in the same matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
MP and former London Mayor Boris Johnson bollixed his chance of succeeding David Cameron as Prime Minister with a last-minute, too-clever-by-half attack on Farage for “xenophobia” (which is the new “racism”). It appears that the new PM will be perennial failure May, a risible feminist who hates Conservatives and British liberties in equal measure. Daily Mail columnist Peter Oborne is surely right that neither the Tory nor Labour parties will survive Brexit. (The Lib Dems fell into irrelevancy some time ago.)
In Part 2, we celebrate another triumph, Donald Trump’s June 22 vivisection of Hillary Clinton. I’m beginning to think The Donald is reading my mind. The day before his New York speech, I remarked that looking back to 1900 I could not think of another Presidential candidate boasting Hillary’s unique combo of corruption and incompetence. And those qualities were the two poles of Trump’s address.
Trump introduced the “Crooked Hillary” meme months ago, back when no one dared imagine that Bill Clinton would doorstop Attorney General Loretta Lynch for a 30-minute “private” conversation that in no way prefigured the Justice Department letting Hillary skate for her numerous, egregious violations of national security. He has continued to jab at her ever since and at Trump SoHo delivered a knockout blow: “She gets rich making you poor.” This is the political slogan of the century—and it is so very powerful because it’s true, and everyone knows it. The Clinton Foundation is at the heart of all her disasters: her illicit, unsecure server and the 30,000 deleted emails, setting the Middle East and North Africa on fire, condemning American diplomats to death and lying about it afterward.
Hillary is such a weak candidate that Trump could win simply by going negative—a powerful political technique that John McCain and Mitt Romney never cottoned on to—but he offers voters something positive as well, real hope and change. Not the trickle-down globalism, the cheap chalupas of Hillary and Obama but the real rising tide that lifts all boats: America First.
Off-the-cuff Trump has become a rather good orator, and I expect many other fine speeches in the months to come. The NYC speech, however, was so devastating and so prescient that I’m doubling down on my election prediction: Trump wins 58% of the popular vote and 420 electoral votes.