Britain exits the European Union:

Washington (CNN): Britain’s vote to leave the European Union Friday left the United States confronting a threat to the strength and cohesion of both its closest historical ally and a 70-year transatlantic partnership that has been the bedrock of Western peace and prosperity.

The outcome of Britain’s referendum instantly pitched an already weakened Europe into a new crisis, opening the possibility that other member states could choose to leave the E.U. and create new headaches for Washington.

American leaders on all sides of the political aisle Friday expressed respect for the decision of British voters and vowed to stand with America’s “special relationship” ally Britain and the diminished European Union once both partners have finalized their divorce — a period that could take years.

But there was no hiding the concern behind the scenes as the shockwaves rippled through the EU, a body that has been vital to American foreign policy initiatives in recent times, including the drive to a nuclear deal with Iran and attempts to punish Russia for its incursion in Ukraine.

There are few things I enjoy more than when the leftist media go into a hysterical frenzy when the unwashed masses reject their conventional wisdom. And this was a frenzy. People have this weird lack of awareness to history, I think. They believe that the world they are born into must never change, or be different in any way, otherwise it’s a catastrophe. We all read in history books about how empires rise and fall, how coastlines change, how oceans turn into deserts and deserts into oceans, but when it happens in our own lifetimes, it scares the shit out of people. It’s an odd quirk of humanity.

Seriously, by some reactions, you would think that millions of people were now going to starve to death, that this was just as bad as a suitcase nuke going off in the heart of London. A bureaucratic reshuffling was the end of days, as far as the pundits were concerned. I’ll admit that, while I don’t pretend to be an expert on European Union affairs, it was clear that the British people had become increasingly fed up with the EU. As inevitably happens, what started as a small organization dedicated to promoting trade morphed into a huge, meddling monster that interfered with member nations’ citizens. Good riddance. And, as an American who loves independence and liberty and all the rest, I would never tolerate my country’s affairs being decided by a foreign body. But without getting into the weeds, let’s examine some common-sense, big-picture points.

This is the first strike in decades against the inexorable march of globalism, fully supported by the elites, that has been the trend throughout the world. Rich plutocrats have dreamed of a borderless world, allowing cheap goods and labor to freely flow, enriching themselves. Now, nobody bothered to ask the actual citizens of those nations affected whether or not they wanted it, they just did it. That’s why all of the sore losers were screaming, “XENOPHOBIA!” on the “leave side” so vociferously. As if that word has any effect now. I’m sure that was a major factor. Nobody asked for, or voted, for millions of immigrants—both legal and illegal—to come pouring into Europe, it was merely decided for them, for terrible, despicable reasons. But as it turns out, a lot of people really weren’t keen to replace themselves with foreigners.