“The mask, at last, has slipped.”
The creation of the post-Lisbon EU superstate requires two things:
|1.||The removal from the governing class in Brussels of any accountability to the people back home who ostensibly elected them.|
|2.||The suppression of freedom of speech and the press, so that the vision of the EU as an Emerald City of Oz is never tarnished by the intrusion of reality.|
To ram the Lisbon Treaty down the throats of the various European peoples, sufficient anesthesia must first be applied: lavish social welfare programs, entertaining dreck 24/7 on the state media, and a massive barrage of propaganda touting the beneficial wonderfulness of the European Union. Then, when the patient is adequately groggy, any feeble expressions of his wishes may be safely waved aside.
That’s what’s happening in Ireland: It looks like it no longer matters whether or not there’s an Irish referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon.
This story appeared a couple of weeks ago, but I just learned about it. According to Libertas, an Irish free-market site, the EU has voted to simply ignore the results of any Irish referendum against the Lisbon Treaty. To make matters worse, one of Ireland’s own elected MEPs voted with the majority not to respect the outcome of any Irish referendum.
Responding to News that Irish MEP Proinsias De Rossa joined a large majority of MEPs in voting to reject a motion that committed the EU to “respecting the outcome of the referendum in Ireland”, Libertas President Declan J. Ganley issued the following statement:
“Today’s vote is absolute confirmation that the EU Parliament is committed to ignoring the will of the people.
By a majority of 499-129, the Parliament has sent a message to the Irish people to say ‘we don’t care what you think’.
I condemn Proinsias De Rossa absolutely for this vote, and I urge him to give an explanation to the people who elected him.
This Treaty is designed to remove as much power from the people as possible, and today’s vote confirms the mindset behind it.
With this treaty, we will get a President and a Foreign and Defence Minister of Europe unaccountable to us at the ballot box. We will get a Europe that has power over Irelands Foreign Direct Investment policy, and can hamstring the valuable work of the IDA.
This Treaty is bad for our economy because Europe isn’t simply an economic partner, its an economic competitor as well. We need to be able to set ourselves apart economically, — that power is what has made us so successful, and this treaty removes that power.
Proinsias De Rossa’s actions today were disgraceful, and I condemn them, but at the same time, I welcome the fact that the mask, at last, has slipped”.
Hat tip: heroyalwhyness.