Speak Up Now, She Said................

John blueoval at 1SMARTISP.NET
Tue May 3 16:33:51 MDT 2005


European Union a model for the demise of democracy
Phyllis Schlafly

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' 
undemocratic plans.

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 
Parliament.

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 
representatives voted?

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 
institutionally undemocratic.

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 
peace.

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 
superpower.

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 
now.

©2005 Copley News Service


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