Jun. 17, 2016

How "Brexit" Parallels USA Political Climate

Commentary By Marc Platt

I am going to keep this simple, even though it is a very complicated political climate in America and England right now.

The death of labor Member of Parliament Jo Cox on June 16 makes it apparent that "GUN" politics is an international issue, not just an American issue. The 52-year-old killer of Cox shouted "Britain First," which is a slogan fringe right-wing political groups have used to make their case for British Nativism. The killer MADE his own gun to kill Cox (41), a mother of two young children and only one year into her term.

Donald Trump's "America First" is the USA version and a battle cry of his minions.

The conservative British leader 52-year-old Boris Johnson is a former mayor of London and has used similar racial and bigoted politics in his ascension in British politics. There are similarities.

The Jo Cox killing by a mentally-derranged loner just brings it home that hatred will always find its way into politics. This man stabbed and shot this defenseless woman several times and used a phrase "Britain First" that tells the public all it needs to know about the divisive politics that is moving from the fringe to mainstream.

The chances are England will stay in the EU and david Cameron will remain as Prime Minister, but the symptoms are all there for a future revolution with an angry white electorate that wants change sooner than later.

America is experiencing a similar mood with "Trumpism." Trump will lose badly, but he has exposed the root of America's dissatisfaction with the business as usual attitude. Bernie Sanders has brought a similar point home with his brave campaign in 2016.

Would-Be President Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to pay close attention to these developments and really put forth a call to action, or there will be more Trumps, Boris Johnsons and Nigel Farage's ( U.K. Independence Party) on the horizons.

"Gun Politics" is a serious threat world wide. ISIS and other terrorist organizations will use guns to do more damage to the homelands of the world than bombers and war.

We had all better start paying attention to what is happening everywhere in the world.