Stand with the Irish – June 16, 2008
Democracy has to be protected and many times, fought for. The fight may be in the voting booth, in the media, and in the streets. The tiny country of Ireland is fighting for their democracy right now and although they’ve won a recent victory, they’re not out of the woods yet. The European Union is looking for an end run around the recent election results to force their will upon the Irish people. Americans should pay attention to this and recognize that it could and may happen to us the same way, though not through the EU. Our threats may come from our own government, the United Nations, the Global Warming crowd, and the next president’s cabinet.
The Lisbon Treaty was voted down by the people of Ireland because they see the danger of losing their sovereignty, their democracy, reversal of their abortion ban, tax harmonization, and neutrality.
“The long campaign to forge a new dispensation for the European Union descended into panic and uncertainty yesterday when Ireland turned its back on its 26 EU partners and voted down the Lisbon Treaty.”
That’s how the news media characterized the Irish sentiment. It strikes me as a negative view which ignores Ireland’s sincere discomfort with the Lisbon Treaty and portrays them as “turning their back on their partners”. The article’s authors clearly have an agenda which Ireland didn’t fall into line with.
Here’s the rest of their article:
“EU leaders in Brussels and governments across the union, particularly Germany and France, were stunned by the Irish verdict, which amounted to a huge vote of no confidence in the way the EU is run.
The referendum in Ireland was the sole popular vote in the EU on the grand plan to give Europe a sitting president and foreign minister, and reconfigure the way the EU is governed. The result left the project severely wounded, perhaps fatally.
The Irish voted by a 7% margin, 53.6 to 46.4, against the treaty, which has already been ratified by 18 EU countries and is expected to be endorsed by the other eight.
The result left Europe’s leaders with a giant dilemma over what to do next. A summit next week in Brussels was originally planned as a celebration. The Irish result is particularly painful for Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, who masterminded the new treaty last year, and for the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, who was relishing the central role of ushering in a new European era over the next six months of France’s EU presidency.
Berlin and Paris moved swiftly last night to try to limit the damage, pressing Downing Street, according to sources in Brussels, not to make matters worse by abandoning Britain’s ratification of the treaty, now in its final stages in the Lords.
Merkel and Sarkozy issued a joint statement, urging all other EU countries to ratify the document and declaring that the reforms envisaged by the treaty remained essential. Gordon Brown was said to have reassured both governments that he had no intention of scrapping ratification.
“It is the height of arrogance for Gordon Brown to press ahead with ratifying this treaty, flying in the face of public opinion,” said the Tory leader, David Cameron. “The elites in Brussels have got to listen to people in Europe who do not want these endless constitutions and treaties.”
The pressure on Britain indicated that Germany and France still hope to salvage the treaty, although it was not clear how since it has to be ratified by all 27 EU countries to take effect.
“It’s not a Doomsday scenario. Everything now depends on next week’s European Council [summit],” said a diplomat in Brussels.
Jos�� Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, said: “The no vote in Ireland has not solved the problems which the Lisbon Treaty is designed to solve. The ratification process is made up of 27 national processes; 18 member states have already approved the treaty, and the commission believes the remaining ratifications should continue to take their course. I believe the treaty is alive.”
Everything suggested that Europe’s key leaders were urgently conferring on a scheme to steamroller their blueprint through despite the Irish rejection, a course likely to trigger protest from Eurosceptics and deepen Europe’s democratic legitimacy problems.
At the very least, the deadlines for implementing the treaty looked difficult to achieve. The new regime was to be in place by January 1 2009, to be up and running before European parliament elections next May and the appointment of a new European Commission in October.
The treaty was backed by nine out of 10 MPs in the Irish D��il and all the main political parties, except Sinn F��in, but the government of Brian Cowen, in office for only a few weeks, was felt to have run a complacent and lacklustre yes campaign. An odd and well-funded coalition of anti-European forces stole the headlines.
(In Marbie’s opinion, this statement tells the tale. Those in power want more power. The people want democracy and freedom. The power brokers were supposed to have run a sure-fire “YES” CAMPAIGN. But it didn’t work this time. According to these authors, who sound like elitists themselves, the yes campaign was defeated, not by the people of Ireland, but by “AN ODD AND WELL-FUNDED COALITION OF ANTI-EUROPEAN FORCES.” I believe the people don’t want new constitutions and treaties changing their democracy and taking control of their government and every day life away from them. No one should insult them for guarding what they value most. But it’s plain to see that they will now be attacked and bombarded with propaganda, and perhaps, “steamrolled” over by the huge EU machine.)
“You don’t say yes to something you don’t understand,” said Hugo Brady, a analyst at the Centre for European Reform thinktank.
(Marbie thinks they understood exactly what the effects of this treaty will be. The propaganda has begun: the Irish people didn’t understand the treaty. Poor dumb Irish voters. I believe the Irish voters were smarter than the
The no vote was boosted by concerns over sovereignty, possible tax harmonisation, neutrality, and fears that the treaty could erode Ireland’s abortion ban, all issues that analysts say are fatuous.”
“Fatuous” means “silly.” That comment is telling. It is now silly for citizens to guard their democracy and freedom, according to some progressives in today’s world.
I applaud Ireland for being vigilant, informed on the treaty and recognizing the value of their rights and democracy. They did not give in to enormous pressure. I hope they are able to withstand the coming onslaught. The leaders of the EU mean to get this passed into law, with or without the Irish, even if it means and end run
Americans, pay attention. You are also in the crosshairs of elitists and progressives. The Global Warming Trojan Horse is rolling right through the center of the United States.
There is no more time to do nothing.