Following yesterday’s declaration that Britain will leave the EU, a petition calling for a second referendum gained a surge of signatures, and was apparently so popular it caused the government petition site to crash. The question I’m asking is this – Why? To me, it means that there’s a contingent of Remain voters who are apparently so agitated and immature that they won’t just move on with their lives. These are the same people who claim that the older generation robbed them of their future just because they didn’t vote the same way.
As of this writing, the government has debated or responded to the petition yet, and I don’t think they will give them what they want. There were petitions to stop changes to tuition fees and student loans earlier this year, and it didn’t accomplish anything. Of course, that petition may as well be emblematic of the reaction of the vast majority of Remain voters. Don’t get me wrong, I seen dignity from some Remain supporters online, but the majority of them apparently couldn’t handle the prospect of being on the losing side of a democratic election. I know you guys lost, but subverting the outcome of a democratic election is just unacceptable.
The reaction from the Remain side has been very lacking in grace. They’ve effectively turned to denouncing the majority of voters as racist xenophobes, accusing them of “destroying our country’s future”, and when they aren’t doing that, they’re blaming old people, denigrating them simply because they were the most likely to vote Leave. The people doing this (mostly millennials by the way) have no respect for their elders, even though they gave enough of a damn about future generations that they fought in World War II so that people like the millennials could even have the right not to be ruled by an unaccountable superstate. My great-grandfather fought so that I could live in a free society, where I could express myself as I am doing now, and yet these people honestly think they have the gall to say that it’s “our time now”.
If that’s not enough, you have another petition calling for London to be an independent state that is a member of the EU. Apparently most of London voted for Remain, and the majority disagreed with them, so now they’re throwing a little temper tantrum and want to divorce from the rest of the nation, never mind that they are mentally divorced from reality. It’s rather unsurprising. In fact, if you look at the heat map for the 2nd referendum petition, the highest concentration of signatures came from London.
It’s all totally immature, and it’s so very annoying. If Remain won, we wouldn’t have this temper tantrum, and I would certainly have taken it better than most of the Remain voters handled the results yesterday. If that’s not enough, you apparently have people taking to social media saying that old people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. To me, the fallout of the Brexit vote has exposed the narcissism of the Remain side, and it’s also revealed the chasm between the younger generation and the older generation. If I were old right now, I would be even more pissed off at the young people, especially if it were grandchildren dismissing me as an uneducated, racist xenophobe.
These people aren’t fighting for a better future. They aren’t fighting for their voice to be heard. They’re throwing a hissy fit because the referendum didn’t go the way they wanted to. They have had their voice heard, but more people voted the other way. That is simply how democracy works, but because they didn’t get their way, they now have nothing but contempt for democracy. Imagine if you didn’t get the toy you wanted for Christmas one year. If you didn’t nag your parents to have Christmas again until you got what you wanted, why would you want another referendum just because you didn’t get the result you wanted? It would be just as childish to demand either.
The people calling for a second referendum clearly weren’t taught that life doesn’t always turn out the way you’d like it to, and to those people I would like to say this – Grow up and get over it. Life doesn’t work out the way you’d like it too. I highly doubt that there will be a second referendum, since David Cameron is effectively resigning, and if Boris Johnson becomes the next PM (which is understandably likely), then you’re definitely not having a second referendum because Boris wants to the leave the EU as soon as possible.
In conclusion, the idea of a 2nd referendum is a disgraceful affront to democracy, and the fact that it has now reached in excess of a million signatures is just another sad indication of how the Remain camp is out of touch with reality. Regardless of how we voted, what we should be doing is getting on with our lives. The markets are going to recover, we’re still going to trade with the EU, and the rest of the world. Yes, the outcome is uncertain, but that’s the beauty of it. We never said it would be easy, but to paraphrase John F. Kennedy, we do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard. If I end up getting complaints from Remain voters about how I’m supposedly “racist” and “uneducated” and how I “don’t know what I’m talking about”, then that’s only going to prove my point.
UPDATE: It has come to my attention that most of the signatures on this petition aren’t acutally from Britain. In fact, as of now, only 363,133 signatures come from Britain, and the rest all come from various foreign countries. If you look at the petition data, you can see for yourself. In other words, the petition is total bullshit, and doesn’t really come close to representing the national interest.