In recent TV interviews British citizens stated that one reason, for some the only reason, they voted to leave the European Union was to protest their government’s policies. Many admitted they had no idea what benefits came with EU membership, nor what problems might arise by withdrawing from the pact.
Afterwards, realizing the horrendous economic, social and governmental consequences of withdrawing, numerous pro-exit supporters wished they could rescind their vote. But there was no going back.
With regard to the upcoming presidential election, the U.S. finds itself in a similar situation.
Though often vague and lacking any details, Donald Trump’s “policies” may be the reason some citizens here will vote for him. There is, however, a large contingent of the electorate willing to cast their ballot for Trump is a protest against U.S. government policies, particularly – like many Brits – immigration.
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Should Trump win, we need to be prepared for the consequences, the least of which will be economic. Even though another round of triple-digit stock market losses may occur, the worst ramifications could be disastrous changes to social programs, foreign policy and military alliances.
Remember, when voting for a president there is no going back, but electing Trump would certainly set us back.