Around the world, the peasants are rising against the Ruling Class.
In Austria, the recent presidential election has been declared invalid due to voting irregularities. The nationalist candidate won the election day ballot but that lead was overturned when the absentee ballots were counted. An investigation has determined that the absentee vote was tainted and a re-vote will now occur (in true Germanic fashion, the Austrians have declared that those election officials responsible will be "disciplined").
Meanwhile, Australia's national election remains too close to call, largely because the electorate cordially loathes the too dominant national parties. As in the US, it's all about who you hate more.
The Ruling Class reaction to Brexit is in many ways more important than the election itself. A wave of articles has emerged urging that the result be set aside and claiming this is why the common people can't be trusted to vote.
This level of contempt for the governed population never ends well.
It is worth recalling that 240 years ago, the complaints of the American colonies against the British government were easy to resolve and the solution lay fully within the British parliamentary tradition: Either award parliamentary seats to the Americans or allow them a degree of self-rule.
Instead, the British Ruling Class attempted to use brute force and as a result achieved the exact opposite of their goals.
In fairness it must be admitted that the British Ruling Class of that time was considerably brighter, more skilled and respectable than the ones we have today.
To excel in the politics of the age, a man had to possess a level of knowledge and erudition that our modern rulers simply can't approach.
The results are plain to see.
It may be emotionally satisfying for the chattering sycophants of the Ruling Class to denigrate the masses and urge the abolition of popular ballot initiatives, but doing this carries a heavy price.
Using legislative power to nullify Brexit - as many have urged - will only convince otherwise moderate people that the game is completely rigged. This leads to the conclusion that if the Ruling Class doesn't follow the rules, the masses shouldn't, either.
In the US, various courts have amused themselves by setting aside popular mandates, ostensibly to protect various obscure rights but there is a curious disconnect: Those rights specifically enumerated in the Constitution are consistently reduced while ones omitted entirely keep being enlarged.
The end result is that the charter of the people no longer means what it says.
The Ruling Class response to this conflict is to throw the document away entirely and rule by decree, since the people are clearly too stupid to know what's best. One of their key issues is gun control, and their child-like belief that passing a law will magically make millions of already disgruntled citizens passively turn in their weapons would be touching if it wasn't so dangerous.
I've been watching politics for many years, and I've never seen a situation like this. People have always resorted to hyperbole, but the language has taken on a dark new tone. The predictions of insurrection no longer are the result of a drunken outburst or an argument that gets carried to far but instead uttered with a sad sense of resignation.
The Declaration of Independence is usually quoted from its introduction, but this passage - coming after the list of abuses the colonists have suffered at the hands of the Crown - has never seemed more apt:
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
Our current Ruling Class is spectacularly vulnerable, and one marvels at the mindlessness of their callous disregard of the pain their policies are causing. The recent trend of having police stand by passively while leftist activists attack peaceful protesters has not gone unnoticed. The police do this because it isn't worth their livelihood to disobey - and doing nothing is far safer than getting involved.
Does the Ruling Class imagine that they will suddenly be filled with selfless courage when their gated communities come under attack?
I've been pretty pessimistic of late, so I'll end this post on a more optimistic note because despite everything I remain optimistic about America's future. We've been in worse scrapes and future generations may well look back on this as a mere tempest in a teacup - that's certainly what I hope.
Over the past couple of days I took in two pieces of America - a gun show and a fireworks display.
The gun show was fun, and people were doing brisk business. The Ruling Class doesn't know it, but gun shows are about more than just guns - they're a celebration of rural living and individual industry. One can find craftsmen selling everything from windshield cleaner to preserved gator heads. We bought some delicious barbecue sauce and some excellent spiced meats.
The fireworks display was amusing because despite scores of signs declaring the use of personal fireworks to be illegal and a heavy police presence, people were setting them off with wild abandon. Defiance still runs deep in the American soul.
Almost a century ago the Ruling Class of the era decided that alcohol was dangerous and needed to banned to protect the people from themselves.
We kept right on drinking and eventually the Ruling Class gave up.
The War on Drugs was the next great effort to save us from ourselves. It's collapsing as we speak.
The Ruling Class has come to rely on polls to gauge popular opinion and tailor their sales pitches to keep their pathetic jobs, but they've never been more unreliable. As we noted months ago, the polling data for the Democrat Presidential Primary in Michigan was off by 20 points.
The truth is that the Ruling Class is angry because deep down they fear that their reign is over.
They may game the system but the will of the people cannot be ignored forever.
Remember - Independence Day is a process, not a single event. Freedom requires constant vigilance to maintain, but the flip side is also true - without constant effort, tyranny will also collapse.