The British people have spoken resoundingly, and against the fear-mongering of many of their leaders and the not-so-veiled threats from ours. They have voted to throw off the bonds of their European Union overlords. Their vote confounded pollsters and has rendered the Establishment politicians, media and pundits on both sides of the Atlantic jaw-droppingly speechless.
Most will now scramble around in a tizzy. Some will issue dire warnings about the end of civilization. Others will try to elbow themselves to the front of a parade that has left without them. Let them.
A few weeks ago President Obama made a mistake in the lead-up to the vote. He traveled to London and threatened to punish Britain if it voted for Brexit. He said an independent Britain would be pushed to the “back of the queue” in trade negotiations, behind the EU and the Asian Pacific countries. It backfired.
The British people have spoken, and they’ve chosen independence and self-governance. It’s given America’s rising leaders, especially Donald Trump, the opportunity to offer a vision different from President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s. Welcome, Britain, to the front of the queue.
Prime Minister David Cameron staked his political fortunes on Britain remaining in the EU, and he will not remain in office for long. This provides the opening for a new prime minister and the next American president to work together and resurrect the Anglo-American alliance. Clinton spoke out against Brexit before the vote, but she could still come around and accept the inevitable. Whether the president is Trump or Clinton, the promise is the same: Have us work together for our own sakes, and for the world’s.
Come next Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, the U.S. and U.K. can do what Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s: reverse the course their predecessors set for Britain and America. They brought in pro-growth economic plans, cut taxes and halted expansion of the welfare state. They rebuilt Britain’s and America’s defenses, and they stood up to the Soviet Union and communism. The steps they took led to a generation of peace and prosperity for our countries. They won the Cold War without firing a shot.
But over the years our countries have strayed from that path, and from each other. Big government has seeped back in. We’ve cut back on our defenses, we’ve made bad deals with others and our special relationship has gradually eroded.
We are both about to have new leaders who can work together again – economically, politically, diplomatically and militarily. They can bring back pro-growth economic plans. We can have an Anglo-American trade alliance. Our high tech communities, the best in the world, can work together on the next generation of computer-driven technologies.
We share a common heritage, language, work ethic and culture. We tend to overlook that sometimes in this era of nonjudgmental multiculturalism, but it is actually a really big deal. Shared values are the bonds that bind. We can reinforce each other.
We can rebuild our defenses and stand up to Russian saber-rattling and Chinese expansionism. We can work together to rid our countries and the world of the scourge of radical Islam.
We are the world’s best and most powerful examples of democracy. The British people just voted to take back self-rule from the faceless, unaccountable, arrogant, power-grabbing bureaucrats in Brussels. And if the last year of American politics has taught us anything, it’s that Americans are also in open revolt against what they see as the corrupt, incompetent, power-grabbing and unaccountable Washington Establishment.
The British people have taken back their independence. The American people will do the same in November. Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs was one of the first to recognize the new wind blowing in our two nations, the once-silent majority speaking up against our political overlords. He was the first to notice that things had changed, and that the people of the U.K. and the U.S. were ready for a change. It’s not a surprise that he called both Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump.
Trump didn’t get deeply involved with the British vote, but he very graciously said when the results were in:
A Trump administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump administration.
There will be much uncertainty in the days ahead. We’re in uncharted waters. The British economy may suffer a jolt, albeit temporary. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward. But the British people will now be free to chart their own course. And the U.S. will soon be, too. We should do it in tandem.
Every time we’ve done it in the past it has been an alliance that changes the world for the better. When FDR and Churchill worked together, they ended the Depression and defeated the fascists and won World War II. When Reagan and Thatcher teamed up, they ushered in unprecedented prosperity and won the Cold War without firing a shot.
It’s time to get the band back together for one more glorious, prosperous, successful tour. Make America Great Again. Make Britain Great Again. Make us Great Again, together.
Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland is a Fox News National Security Analyst and host of FoxNews.com’s “DefCon 3.” She served in national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations