Monday, June 16, 2008
People of Europe, Wake Up!
Your leaders and your media will tell you that the Irish voted NO because we are ingrates and xenophobic and anti-Europe. You know these are lies. We teach your languages in our schools so that our children can speak with you. We visit your countries and we welcome you to ours. Indeed many of us voted NO on your behalf because we were apalled that you were not given the right by your own governments. We are a pro-Europe nation, but we are also a fiercely independent-minded nation. We fought for hundreds of years to gain our sovereignty. Because our constitution protects our sovereignty it triggered off a fail-safe clause that forced our government to hold a referendum. The Lisbon Treaty was not a treaty. It was a new constitution for Europe. That piece of obfuscation alone tells volumes. In fact, it was the same constitution - somewhat reformed - which the people of Holland and France rejected in their referenda. Did they get a chance to reconsider the reformed version? We are the ONLY people in Europe who had a public debate on this new constitution - and bigod we debated it! - and we are the ONLY people in Europe who had a vote on it. The German and French leaders are already threatening to throw us out or to go ahead without us. This again underscores the lack of democracy in the process.