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There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that the EU constitution is going down in flames. The bad news is that they aren't really asking the voters.

You see, Jean-Claude Juncker, the current EU President, already has an answer. The voting is just a formality, and he thinks it should be rerun as often as necessary to provide the "right" outcome. If there was ever a clear message that this new leviathan is already putting itself, not at the service of the people, but as their master, this is it.

If that's not enough, read the document itself. It's a complete inversion of any prinicples of freedom. It enshrines contraditions such as
The Union shall work for the sustainable development of Europe based on balanced economic growth and price stability, a highly competitive social market economy

into the highest law of the land. It makes subservience to the UN a fundamental principle of political life.

It guarantees the right against involuntary servitude, except for
any work or service which forms part of normal civic obligations.
among other things. It protects free speech and free assembly, except
...in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or the rights of others...
It protects private property, except for
right of a State to enforce such laws as it deems necessary to control the use of property in accordance with the general interest


And the exceptions will be legion. The EU contitution indirectly incorporates the ironically named UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (via it's direct incorporation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms), which includes bogus "rights" such as
the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation... economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
and "the right to equal pay for equal work.", along with
the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection
Add to this the right to free education, and an "adequate" standard of living, and and you have a recipe for totalitarianism.

These positive "rights" have to be produced. They have to be provided by someone. There is no way these rights can be granted to some without taking them, by force if necessary, from someone else. Of course, that too is provided for in this constitution (via its incorpration of the UN Universal Declaration), through
duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.


With these collective handouts made the supreme law, its raising of the state(s) to the source and purpose of economic and moral considerations, and Junkers claiming of an unlimited number of "Mulligans", this is the French Terror, the October Surprise, and the Reichstag fire all rolled into one and writ large across an entire continent. Ironically, it may be the French who wind up as the accidental heroes in this. They're doing it for the wrong reasons, but they may be the ones to kill this hideous beast.


UPDATE: Well, the French went and busted up the whole plan. And as I said, they did it for entirely the wrong reasons:
They feared the treaty would open the EU to unfettered free-market capitalism, trampling on workers rights.
Those idiots. The constitution would have effectively eliminated the possibility of true free-market capitalism in Europe for generations. So now they want to renegotiate for an even more socialist constitution? Well, Europe, don't come crying to us when your best minds and best markets flee to the US.

Comments

Why are the rights bogus? Do you just arbitrarily get to decide bogus rights? If so, that's a cool power.

Posted by Chris Woods at Thursday, May 26, 2005 07:34 PM

Yes, Chris, I do get to decide, but not arbitrarily - I used logic and reason. It is a very cool power, you should try it out.

Don't take my word for it, decide for yourself. My reasons for deciding it are contained, in part, in the paragraph before the last quote.

Posted by kylben at Thursday, May 26, 2005 08:25 PM

Chris has been banned from commenting here due to his call for hackers to hit the PowerLine blog. I'm happy to argue with anyone disagreeing with me, but I will not give a criminal who would forcibly deprive others of the right to disagree the benefit of being treated like a reasonable human being.

Posted by kylben at Thursday, May 26, 2005 08:42 PM

The EU is the final world government, which will eventually be ruled by the final anti-christ. What do you expect from them?? Or at least that's what Jack Van Impe says.

Posted by Paul at Friday, May 27, 2005 04:28 AM

Isn't "imp" a word that means devil, or demon?

Posted by kylben at Friday, May 27, 2005 06:57 AM

Kyle...excellent post. I have been following this rather closely for the last year. The irony behind the French being the ones to possibly bring it down is quite rich.

As you have stated though, the plan is bring it up however many times is necessary to wear the people down and get them to vote for it. It is no accident that most countries are bypassing the referendum option altogether in favor of parlimentary votes.

They are not about to let the will of the European people knock the train from its tracks.

Had you not banned him, I am sure that Chris would be completely lost with the concept of actual rights (negative) and manufactured rights (positive).

Posted by Liberty Dog at Friday, May 27, 2005 04:15 PM

Liberty Dog,

Yeah, Junker's statement was simply unbelievable. Still, from my way outside viewpoint, it looks like it will fall apart if the vote goes no. I think a lot of people in the governments over there want it to fail, but are afraid to stand up and say so since it seems so popular. They're all worried about it, but are more worried about being responsible for it failing.

The thing about the French is that it appears the main reason for it failing is that it doesn't have _enough_ socialism in it. That, and they think it gives the Brits too many goodies. The thing is that this kind of thing always gets people at each others' throats, and maybe one benefit of this EU constipation... er constitution... being so overtly socialist is that the infighting has started before it even gets put into place.

Funny, the socialists are usually more savvy than to let that happen. We'll see.

Posted by kylben at Friday, May 27, 2005 05:52 PM

I'm rather ambivalent to this European constitution, but I wasn't really aware of the contents. Then again, they haven't been going out of their way to publicize the contents here (I'm in Germany). I appreciate the work you did, presenting the key excerpts. The American Bill of Rights hasn't been topped yet.

Posted by indeterminacy at Monday, May 30, 2005 05:57 AM

indeterminancy,

Thanks. I only spent an hour or so reading the parts on rights, and skimmed the rest of the document. If you're going to be voting on it, I hope you read the whole thing yourself. It's sad that they're not publicizing the actual content of this thing that will rule the lives of millions of people for generations.

No, the US Bill of Rights has not yet been topped. Our consititution is deeply flawed as well, and without the BOR it would have, in effect, been little different than what the EU constitution will probably bring. Not that things are exceptionally good here anymore, vis a vis freedom. But the EU constitution takes the things that here have been slowly used to corrupt our constitution and BOR, and made them explicit parts of yours. I fear that it won't take more than a decade or two to really bring those things to full fruition.

Posted by kylben at Monday, May 30, 2005 06:09 AM

Kyle, Germany has already <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/..." target=_blank>ratified via their Parliment</a>.

The knew better than to let the people have a say.

Posted by Liberty Dog at Monday, May 30, 2005 09:51 AM

On another issue. I noticed that no HTML tags seem to work in your comments. Is this by your choice or is it a limit of your blogging software?

Posted by Liberty Dog at Monday, May 30, 2005 09:54 AM

Liberty Dog,

It's a limitation of the software. I've been trying to find a plugin that would allow it, but haven't had any luck. I may be able to hack into the code myself, but I just haven't had time. It's a pain, butI can't find an easy way around it yet.

I hear France is considering doing it with the Parliament as well. Like I said, they were never really *asking*.

Posted by kylben at Monday, May 30, 2005 10:02 AM

They shouldn't have asked the voters in the first place. Idiots!

A Constitution is much too complicated for 99% of the people. They voted against it for reasons that had nothing to do with the treaty itself!?

Good referendum questions would be:
For or against the death penalty?
For or against smoking in restaurants?
etc

But not a complex, far-reaching legal treaty ... Jeez! We've elected politicians to decide that stuff.

Posted by Daldianus at Thursday, June 02, 2005 06:40 AM

Daldianus,

So the poor sheep don't know what's good for them? I agree that this constitution should not have been a referendum, but for a very different reason than you do. The things it would do ar things no one has any right to do to others, with or without majority agreement. Same goes for laws against smoking in restaurants.

Posted by kylben at Thursday, June 02, 2005 07:45 AM

Kyle,

I was wondering how hong it would be before the "people are stupid" chimed in about this. It must be a strange feeling having enough trust in politicians to just completely hand over control of your life to them.

Posted by Liberty Dog at Thursday, June 02, 2005 08:03 AM

Liberty: you have to trust people all the time. otherwise you would have to do EVERYTHING on your own.

you trust a dentist, right? or perhaps not and you'll ask several dentists if that tooth really needs to be pulled. and what if they all lie? and are part of a vast dentist conspiracy??

And I happen to trust the politicians I elect. They haven't done anything for me not to trust them. And my life is going well, also because of their decisions.

Posted by Daldianus at Thursday, June 02, 2005 08:26 AM

Daldianus,

I trust dentists and auto mechanics, etc, because they prove worthy of my trust. And I constantly re-evaluate them. The difference between them and politicians is that you cannot drop your politician when he fails to earn your trust.

If you think that they haven't done anything to betray your trust, then you're either not paying attention or deliberately avoiding seeing it. That you say you "happen" to trust them says a lot. Rational people don't have opinions drop into their laps, they work for them.

Posted by kylben at Thursday, June 02, 2005 09:04 AM

From my point of view I really can't complain about my politicians.

There sure are crooks among them, but overall our system seems to work. Or I was just plain lucky. I don't know.

Posted by Daldianus at Friday, June 03, 2005 12:06 AM

Daldianus,

You have a strange notion of "works".

Posted by kylben at Saturday, June 04, 2005 10:36 AM

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