Today the UK gave formal notice to the European Union that it is exercising its right to leave. Nine months of panic and obstruction have come to naught. The will of the British people and their Sovereign has been put into effect.
Hard to believe that only a year ago this was considered unthinkable by the chattering classes. As with the election of Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed experts are amazingly consistent in getting everything wrong.
Barack Obama was fond of referring to the "right side of history." To his progressive mind, we were moving inexorably to a leftist vision of world government of the elites for the elites. Conservatives were fighting a rear-guard action against destiny; progressive victory was assured.
Not so much. Brexit is about more than simply improving trade and economic conditions in the UK, it is about asserting the core importance of the "nation" portion of the "nation-state" construct. The EU was an attempt to build a state without there being any nation. That is why it failed.
Many on the right may argue that the UK is too far gone to be saved. Immigration, cultural decay and unresponsive elites have taken their toll.
Perhaps. But history rarely moves in a straight line. Trends continue until they change, and the inflection points are usually visible only in hindsight.
It is not beyond the realm of possibility that a resurgent cultural confidence will cause the British government to take a stronger line against radical Islam and affronts to the traditional values of their people. There as here, it is not necessary for mass deportations to remove people hostile to the culture and existing laws - people will likely leave on their own once they learn they are unwelcome and that their unreasonable demands will no longer be met.
We can only hope.
Napoleon once said that the moral is to the physical as two is to one, and the events of the last year have proven the point. Nations that were once adrift and demoralized are now rising. Note that both the UK and the US are seeing a surge in business optimism and consumer sentiment. People with confidence in themselves and their country are like that.
What better way to conclude this post than with a quote from Winston Churchill:
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.