Why there will always be a European Union…
I’m sure you’re all sick unto death of reading about this controversy, but never let it be said we didn’t add our tuppence to the headlines in all the major MSM outlets. Those endless news cycles devoted to this latest incident of democratic totalitarianism as they wait for the Next Great Outrage. For the moment this horror will have to do, eh?
That brief editorial below, from — gasp! — The Conservative News Service, speaks volumes about the totalitarian EU. It knows surely that since the content of this petition is utterly beyond the pale of political correctness that the process is immaterial for all right-thinking citizens.
In other words the moral midgets behind the screen are safe. They have successfully manipulated the masses into a state of fervent belief regarding the righteous triumph of women’s “rights” over anything else.. oh, except perhaps anthropogenic global warming. Can you imagine the cranial eruptions if it ever turned out that women’s “rights” caused global
warming change umm… cooling …oh, right: sunspots??
Whatever — it’s difficult to keep up with the latest spin theory regarding absolutes. But entertain yourself by imagining the mental dissonance resulting from a conflicted intersection of the two Biggies: women and climate. Who would decide which should win? The very idea would make heads ’splode. Ever so slightly used brain matter would decorate the walls before being scraped back into place.
Just days after euroskeptic parties won large gains in European elections, the E.U.’s executive commission on Wednesday vetoed a citizens’ initiative – dubbed “the largest petition in European history” – which sought an end to E.U. funding for any practice that terminates human life before birth, including abortion and research that destroys human embryos.
The decision came on the final day of the outgoing commission, headed by President Jose Manuel Barroso, who has been in office since 2004.
Its ruling said, in effect, that the current rules should remain since the European Parliament (E.P.) had recently agreed upon them, and they were therefore “appropriate.” As a result, the commission would not “submit a legislative proposal” on the matter.
Critics slammed the move both because the decision retains the current situation, but also because in their view it made a mockery of a process purportedly designed to improve participatory democracy in the 28-member union by giving ordinary citizens a say in lawmaking.
The tool known as the European citizens’ initiative (ECI), introduced in 2012, was touted as a major reform innovation. It set rigorous requirements: Organizers had a limited amount of time to garner at least one million signatures, including a proscribed minimum number from each of at least seven member-states.
The pro-life ECI, called “One of Us,” met the requisite national targets and in the end obtained more than 1.8 million signatures within the time allowed. It counted Pope Francis among its supporters.
Under ECI rules, the commission has that meets the requirements and decide on whether to submit a legislative proposal on the relevant issue to Euro-lawmakers.
The committee which organized the “One of Us” campaign slammed Wednesday’s announcement, describing the commission as “deaf” and saying it had made “a travesty” of what was intended to be “a real instrument of participative democracy.”
“Such veto power is illegitimate and anti-democratic since politically, it is the European legislature that may give a verdict on the content of the initiative, and not the commission, otherwise, the ECI mechanism would be meaningless,” it said in a statement.
Well, what do you know… someone is complaining about the illegitimate and anti-democratic commission. The “ECI mechanism is meaningless”. Seriously?
Hey, there’s a whole heap of meaninglessness in Brussels; this is just a tiny piece of the grease machine’s effluvia. But who’da thunk anyone was going to notice, much less give a fig? “Settled consensus” issues like abortion, euthanasia, climate poo, etc., will just have to wait for the Mid-Century Weed-Out, coming to a polity near you:
Meanwhile, here’s the the risible attempt of those extremist haters who would interfere with issues that well-mannered people don’t discuss. Or rather, they won’t be discussing it for another generation or so. Then we’ll see.