Speak Up Now, She Said................
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Tue May 3 16:33:51 MDT 2005
European Union a model for the demise of democracy
May 2, 2005
The European ruling elite is having a collective nervous breakdown
for fear the French will vote on May 29 and to reject the European
Union constitution. Eleven opinion polls indicate it is likely
that democracy could upset the power-seeking politicians'
Politicians and bureaucrats who dream of world government - or at
least continental government to be run by a commission of
technocrats who think they are wiser than ordinary people - have
progressed a long way toward their goal, starting with the
European Coal and Steel Community in 1952, then the European
Economic Community in 1958 and then morphing it into the current
European Union in 1993. The sovereignty and self-government of
nation-states were bypassed in a series of very undemocratic,
deceptive maneuvers, and the new EU constitution is expected to
lock the system into place.
Some leaders in the British Conservative Party are trying to alert
their countrymen to the folly of what Britain has already accepted
by joining the EU. The British have given up their basic right to
elect and dismiss those who make their laws, principles for which
millions of Englishmen have fought and many have died.
And to whom did the British give these hard-won rights of a free
people? To bureaucrats former Prime Minister of England Margaret
Thatcher labeled as the paper-pushers in Brussels.
The EU Council of Ministers in Brussels now has effective control
of all areas of commerce, industry, social and labor policy, the
environment, agriculture, fish and foreign trade. Since Britain
has only 11 1/2 percent of the votes, and it takes 30 percent to
block a new law, the British Parliament must obey the Brussels
bureaucrats or face unlimited fines imposed by the European Court
of Justice in Luxembourg.
The world court is not a court of law as we understand it. It is
an agency of EU bureaucrats who are free to indulge in imaginative
judicial activism to implement "the ever closer union of the
peoples of Europe."
The British government admits that more than half its major laws,
and 80 percent of all its laws, now originate in Brussels. No law
passed in Brussels has been successfully overturned by
The EU makes laws in the labyrinths of the unelected bureaucracy.
The commission has the monopoly to propose all new laws, which are
then negotiated in secret by the shadowy Committee of Permanent
Representatives, and the Council of Ministers makes final
decisions by secret vote.
The parliaments of the member states are excluded from the process
except to rubber-stamp EU decisions after they are made, and
national parliaments are prohibited from knowing how their
country's representatives voted in Brussels. Ask yourself:
Wouldn't you think we had lost our right of self-government if
Congress took its votes in secret and we couldn't find out how our
In the EU's adaptation of the now-discredited Brezhnev doctrine
(once a country is taken over by the Soviets, it can never escape
communism), once an area of national law or life has been ceded to
Brussels, it can never be returned to national parliaments.
The new EU constitution to be voted on is described as tidying up
the current EU status. That means it will take away what bits of
sovereignty still remain in the member nations.
President George W. Bush is trying to spread democracy in unlikely
places around the world, but democracy is fast being taken away
from our traditional friends in Europe. The EU was formed
undemocratically by the elites of the several nations without the
informed consent of the people, and its entire structure is
The EU is a top-down enforced togetherness of different
nationalities, with different cultures and languages, many of whom
don't like each other. That's a prescription for conflict, not
If the new EU constitution is adopted, the EU paper-pushers in
Brussels, with their own flag and anthem, will assume full powers
over foreign relations, international agreements, the armed forces
and arms industries of the member nations, and criminal and civil
justice law and procedure.
It is a mystery why any Americans would support the concept of the
EU. Many, perhaps most, Europeans see the EU's main purpose as to
stand up to and overtake the United States as the world's
The European nations' loss of sovereignty to the EU should be a
warning to Americans. The EU is a model for how global-governance
advocates in the United States plan to morph trade agreements into
one government for the Western Hemisphere.
NAFTA came first, under which a foreign tribunal was able to
override U.S. laws and give Mexican trucks access to all U.S.
highways. Congress will soon vote on the Central American Free
Trade Agreement, the plan to integrate our prosperous economy with
the poverty of Central America.
Then will come Free Trade Agreement of the Americas which,
according to the Quebec Declaration signed by Bush in 2001, will
bring about economic and political "hemispheric integration."
Americans who want to retain American sovereignty should speak up
©2005 Copley News Service
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