Monday, June 16, 2008


I agree with The Sun about as much as I agree with the NY Post, which is to say once every three to four years. These papers are quite similar, which is normal because Rupert Murdoch's dirty little hands control both and, as such, their editorial staff's have similar worldviews. There is of course one big difference: NY Post does not have Page 3 (NSFW).

The Sun is quite eurosceptic and likes to point out all of the problems with Europe, etc. They were some of the biggest cheerleaders of the recent Irish "no" vote on the Treaty of Lisbon. I'm not going to get into the history of EU treaties and whatnot (you can read about it on Wikipedia if you want), but basically what recently happened is French and Dutch voters rejected the "European Constitution" via referendum (at least that was democratic). The politicians then got together, slapped some whiteout on "European Constitution" and used their handy Sharpies to write "Treaty of Lisbon." Then they send this back to the governments for ratification. Most of the "democracies" decided not to take any chances of "participation" and submitted this pig-lipstick Constitution to their parliaments for ratification, except those crazy Irish, who decided that they would let their citizens decide. "No" is what was decided and now Euroticians from Athens to Stockholm are calling the Irish drunk, ungrateful bastards who should still be living a subsistence life of Guinness and potatoes.

Ireland has been helped enormously by the EU, but being the poster children for EU subsidies doesn't mean that they need to fall in line behind the Eurozombies.

I don't know how I feel about the EU being governed more and more centrally. The federation that is the United States seems to work okay most of the time. I don't think that North Dakota or Alabama or even California really wants to go it alone, but I do know that if it's going to work it has to be democratic. Fuck, the EU Constitution Treaty of Lisbon establishes a permanent Europe Council President. This president would preside for 2.5 years and would be elected in a very democratic way: a qualified majority among the members of the body. "The Body" being the European Council, which has for members the heads-of-state of each of the EU countries, some of whom, such as Gordon Brown, are not directly elected by the population of their country. See how this could be viewed as slightly less than democratic?

Hooray to the Irish government for being the only country of the 27 members to honor democracy.

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