Nigel Farage, “the loquacious, dynamic, bumptious, bibulous, irrepressible” (according to the NYT) former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, spoke recently at Hillsdale College on the significance of Brexit and Donald Trump’s winning the 2016 presidential election.
Brexit and Trump were not blips. They were not short-term revolts of angry people. They were fundamental changes of direction. When our great-grandchildren and their great-grandchildren look back at history, they will see 2016 as the year people took back control of their lives, their countries and their destinies.
There is a new tide flowing across the entire of the West. It is a tide that has engulfed the United Kingdom and America. It will engulf much of Europe and the rest of the West too. And I have to say to you, not only has nation-state democracy made a comeback, but a return to normalcy has made a comeback. And the idea that any of us, whether it’s me or Trump or anybody, has advocated extremism shows you how far these liberals had gone to control the agenda and change the debate.
It’s not been easy. It’s not been easy to fight against these people. But I am very, very optimistic now for the West and I am excited, I’m very, very excited, that our two great nations, possibly the two greatest nations on Earth, are now freed to be friends again.
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