Europe’s bureaucrats wag the continent

This has been on my radar screen for a while. But that’s where it has stayed. I’ve been frozen by it and haven’t written a word on it. Apparently that is also where it has stayed, if it got that far, for most bloggers and their underlings in the mainstream media, aka journalists. (Yes, I haven’t told you what it is yet because, as simply as it can be stated, the thing is too large to easily grasp.)

David Pryce-Jones brings us up to speed about how the European Union, undaunted by the will of the people of individual European nations, will accommodate itself without them:

The heads of all the states in the European Union have signed up to the Lisbon Treaty. Once this treaty is finally ratified, the EU acquires a constitution and becomes a legal entity, in effect the United States of Europe. Politicians and their bureaucrats in Brussels have settled the matter behind closed doors. None of the 27 countries involved was allowed to hold an election to say whether or not their people approved of the surrender of national sovereignty that is at the core of this unprecedented political experiment. Several countries, Britain among them, had promised to hold a referendum, but all, again led by Britain, found some crafty way to cheat on their promise.

Once upon a time, Scottish clans, upon hearing word of such deceit, would descend with axes upon the castles where the plotters gathered and feed them piece by piece to dogs. (Well, maybe not feed them to dogs.) But Europe doesn’t have any men left, just two varieties of women and a third indeterminate group that gets drunk at football matches and beat each other up, for fun.

Imagine for a moment if a group of elites decided that it wanted to amend the Constitution of the United States without going through the ratification process set forth in the Constitution, as difficult a legislative political hurdle as exists (which is why the Supreme Court is now used for such usurpations, but let’s stay on topic).

In Europe the matter is much more grave. These are sovereign states that are surrendering much of their sovereignty — and that surrender will only increase as time passes — without consulting their citizens. That, of course, raises the question of just why and for whom these sovereign states exist in the first place.

Unfortunately, the political class in the United States is uniformly uninterested in the democratic rights of Europeans. That includes our current President and Secretary of State, who think that the European Union is simply wonderful, so there would be no reason to point out, anytime soon, that the individual European countries are making what we call around Vandam Manor an “executive decision.”

But why stick with that clunky “European Union” tag, with that even clunkier sounding “EU?” Why not give the new superstate a hot name, something that will stand out in that moddish postmoderny Eurotrashy way. How about “Airstrip One?”

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