Sometimes, I wish I could sit in on EU meetings. No, it isn’t the prospect of listening to long, stilted, droning speeches that would make a bag of wind jealous. Nor is it the wish to be in close proximity to so many men who shower less than once a day . It isn’t even out of some morbid curiousity to inspect all the various grotesque permutions of form and odor that can result from poor dental hygeine.

Rather, it is out of a fantasy desire to have the option, when I feel like that group of bureaucrats is embarking upon rhetoric or action that is particularly stupid or infuriating (even for them), to stand up, forcefully slam my palm upon the table top and declare, “Gentlemen! My God, what a collection of assholes!”

I have this fantasy more often than you might think, but it is always strongest when I read things like this.

So because Ireland sensibly rejected the Treaty of Nice last year, wishing to not submit itself to the economic suicide and bureaucratic silliness that the EU would forcibly impose once they had ratified the treaty, they are first called selfish unilateralist misers, and then, as some sort of grandly generous gesture, given another chance to vote “the right way,” without any significant changes in the provisions . This is the way vast bureaucracies work, folks: you can vote, but just be sure to vote the right way and no one gets hurt, or harangued to death by self-righteous Continentals who can’t stand the fact that your economy is showing theirs up for the abject failure that it is.

And of course, the voting is just a matter of shallow procedure. Because if the vote doesn’t go the way they want, they’ll just throw out the whole “deomcracy” concept, because it’s so very troublesome:

If the vote is again negative, the European Commission is likely to ask the Irish Parliament, the Dail, to sign a declaration that would enable the expansion to go ahead .


“Well we gave you Irish fellows another chance, but you blew it again. We were hoping you would decide this on your own, but it’s become clear that you can’t be trusted with your own welfare . We are so disappointed in you.”

Consider how that potential bit of anti-electorate maneuvering jives with the following rhetoric:

The stakes are impressive. “What this enlargement means,” said Ben Tonra, a lecturer at University College, “is that we no longer have a border with Eastern Europe, the same as the United States does with Mexico . It means we underpin the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe and put our hands in our pockets to pay for it.”

You see, by being democratic, Ireland is dashing the hopes of other nations, hopes that they too might one day give up any kind of autonomy and submit to a select brand of idiots in Brussels.

The difference is that many of those countries are so poorly run that the bureaucrats couldn’t make the situation that much worse with their horribly repressive economic policies and overburdensome regulation. The same doesn’t hold true for Ireland however, who, through a rejection of European economic policies, has transformed itself into a country whose average income is 20% higher than the rest of the EU, would be crippled by the heavy taxation and regulation that is the defining characteristic of the EU.

And for this, they are “selfish.” It’s not a matter of the EU discovering that their economic policies are counter-productive and serve only to sap its members of initiative or drive out capable and industrious people to seek less restrictive places to do business, and from this realization, working to implement plans that allow less taxation and more personal freedom in the way businesses operate. No, it’s just a matter of Ireland overcoming its “selfishness.”


Gentlemen! My god, what a collection of assholes!

last update : 19-4-2018

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