Throw a dart at a map of the world and there is every possibility you will hit and area that is dealing with a percentage of that population being hoodwinked and conned into believing that despite the democratic machinations that are in place.
The imperfections of a democracy tend to be known to all who participate in it and more often than not disregard those little imperfections because they are constantly and continually hit with a barrage of rhetoric to confuse and conquer. In this modern progressive world all politics aren't always local and the radius of any vote or election can have serious ramifications for those beyond the boundaries of those voting within.
Over the last week I have watched this play out in real time in the continued mess of a Brexit that was one of those instances where the above is proven.
No one will argue that in 2016 the world seemed to lose its mind. The two massive earthquakes of the leave vote in the UK and of course the election of a criminal president.
Both movements had one thing in common. Both had the ability to openly lie to the public within the their campaigns, both used fear and lies to stoke up the almost extinguished minds of those who hate with ease and blame with no effort.
The UK has always had its extremes among the population and the same racist superiority complex of those in America. An arrogance that either ignores the entirety of history or does everything possible rewrite the more uncomfortable periods of that history.
In the UK during the second half of the 2oth century the colour and makeup of that society changed with the shrinking empire and the growth of those who resided in the former colonies. India, Pakistan the West Indies along with other places where the history of the British Empire and the taking of lands not theirs to begin with.
The hypocrisy of those who claimed prior to the Brexit vote that it was all about taking back control of borders and sovereignty and laws ignoring the many nations whose sovereignty and laws were not respected in the doctrine of the 'White mans burden'. A doctrine that at its very core was the worst type of dehumanising racism and founded on the British mindset of being superior to those whose lands that simply took without asking. Great empires are never built upon anything other than invasion, subjugation and enslaving the conquered. When empires fall the subjugated and enslaved are left behind dealing with the ghosts of former rulers that often lead to terrible deprivation for the people.
In the present day it is much more about the enslaved minds of those who bought into the idea that leaving the EU would be a simple process, a straight forward in or out vote.
A massive lie sold in the referendum vote. Many of those Imperialist British types who are the drivers of the current and ongoing Brexit mess are the very same people who took the chains off the types of racism their once great empire thrived upon.
Words like invasion and infestation regarding inward migration. A hatred towards Eastern Europeans coming in taking jobs that many wouldn't do as those jobs were deemed beneath those who were born in the UK but think the world owes them a favour.
For those who wouldn't do those menial tasks and basic paying jobs then proceeded to complain about not getting public housing because of the 'foreigners' getting housed ahead of those who see this as being forgotten (sound familiar?). The ease of which blame falls upon others who have done no wrong other than show up the lazed nature of those who feel entitled yet did nothing to earn such entitlements.
You may say is unfair or easy or convenient to simply call many of those who voted Leave were racist and angry at foreigners taking their jobs.
Until you see this.
Rich and fertile land for those whose rhetoric was based upon lies, false promises and a fantasy future based upon nothing other than fanciful thinking.
Those who claimed that the negotiations would be easy were lying to the people. Those who claimed they knew what they were voting for continually lie to themselves when challenged that they did not know what they were voting for. Those people will take great um bridge and claim that they knew exactly what they voted for and believe challenging that is an insult as it is easier to take offence that to admit the cock up they made by believing the lies they embraced (Again, sound familiar?).
But reality is a fickle and unforgiving teacher and the lessons are often just as unforgiving. Those who would tell everyone who would listen that they are correct and it is offensive to suggest their decision wasn't thought through properly, with due diligence and understanding the true beyond the comfort of rhetoric that not only plays to the darker beliefs but allows those beliefs to come into the light.
Those who play this dangerous game, those politicians who are only in politics to profit from any political system will tell the (deliberately) less informed that their way of life is at stake. When that's not the case at all.
With the last week has come that moment when rhetoric and reality slammed into each other. The lies told by the millionaire politicians to the unemployed and low wage classes are now coming apart as the UK continues to self cannibalise itself in front of the world, a little comfort to my American brothers and sisters that it ain't just the US being assaulted from within by the greed of many.
The true drivers of those who demanded a vote to leave the EU are those whose private wealth far exceeds the finances of the foolish and the fooled who jumped on board the Nationalist narrative that they would be better off.
Millionaires and billionaires desperate to get out of the rules and regulations that have actually improved the rights of all Europeans in laws and rights. Paid work leave, Maternity leave and protections for new mothers returning to work and a host of other huge benefits for all Europeans.
Of course one of thing is missing from the extremes of Brexit types that they don't want to say out loud. The millionaires and billionaires who would have to be a little more open about their finances and the sources of their extraordinary wealth should the UK actually remain.
The Anti Tax Avoidance Directive
Rules that could lead to exposure of these massive finances that aren't mentioned by those who duped the poor and working classes who bought the lies of nationalism dripping in an anti-immigrant hatred (Again.....sound familiar)
The rich who are the extremes of Brexit thinking will say that should the UK crash out without a deal that there may be some short term financial hardships but that ultimately it would be great in the long term. Yet ask one of them how much a weekly grocery bill is and they'd wilt. They won't feel the pain, struggle with the bills or have to take on a second job.
They won't feel any pain. They're stinking filthy rich and are only duping those who don't know any better.
As of this very moment the British government is coming apart at the seams but Theresa May is seemingly hanging in there to deliver the 'will of the people' despite the will of the people in the contemporary are demanding the idea of leaving the EU being put back to the People. If she survives the weekend this latest agreement will be taken to the EU parliament and then voted on in parliament in London where it is expected to be voted down thus plunging the UK into more self inflicted uncertainty.
The people of the UK are now fearful of an already uncertain future and the coming weeks and months will only see more turmoil and strife among the Conservative government.
For those of you who would like to know what the outcome of all this may be........
Ask me in 20 minutes as it appears that's where we are right now. We are in that place where Rhetoric meets Reality....
And reality rules.