The Anti-Democratic European Union
In 2002, Ireland adopted the Euro. The country’s fate continued to be knit together along with a network of other European countries through the growth and consolidation of the EU. This was always presented to the citizenry by local news media organisations as a great benefit, and a natural progression which would strengthen Ireland and give its citizens greater wealth, and access to the world outside of its borders. At least that was the sales pitch.
But, from the time Ireland changed over from the Punt to the Euro I began to wonder if this was really the best course of action, and remember my young self thinking ‘Why did we change currency when this one is so much weaker than the Punt?’ — which, internationally was very strong for the currency of such a tiny country. My young self had a sweet tooth, and was hit hard by the fact I could no longer buy ‘penny jellies’. One could buy something with one pence, but could not buy anything with one cent. The punt was supposed to be worth one euro and twenty-six cents, but the currency change lead to price gouging and unequal conversion rates from many businesses.
The Treaty of Lisbon was then announced in 2009. There was overwhelming support for the treaty from the get go in the Irish political arena, as well from the Irish mainstream media sources — which were severely lacking in variety of opinion, and seemed to align on all major issues. But, there were a few public figures giving decent coverage, who openly opposed the treaty — most prominent among them being Nigel Farage, Declan Ganly, and Eddie Hobbs — who made compelling arguments as to why voting in favour of the treaty was not the best course of action for the Irish people. Some of the points against the treaty brought to light which caused concern were: the loss of our general sovereignty, loss of military neutrality (Article 28(1)), and the loosening of the integrity of our borders(Article 42(2)) .
The gravity of the implications regarding what this all really meant largely eluded people, but I cared very much for my humble little homeland, imperfect though it was, and did not want to see the autonomy of The Irish People in controlling Irish affairs being diminished, or taken away. Knowing the part Germany had played in The Twentieth Century’s two World Wars, and the fact that, out of every member state in the EU, Germany would be the most powerful, I felt somewhat unnerved; thinking of the failings of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the atrocities of Adolf Hitler, I felt that a dark cloud potentially loomed on the horizon, and was concerned in the face of the possibility that my country’s fate could be as a part of a new empire lead by The Germans.
The EU’s Anti-Democratic Nature
Even though the EU champions itself as a Democratic institution, it is nothing of the sort. This became clear after the first Lisbon Treaty vote. The treaty was rejected in the referendum, and everyone thought that was that. But, voting ‘No’ to The Lisbon Treaty was apparently the wrong answer, and The Irish People were coerced into having a second referendum on the same treaty — although a few minor amendments were made to allow it to qualify as different enough for a second vote. This was not the only time such an affront to Democracy had occurred into the EU’s pursuit of greater power. The EU has a storied, and well-substantiated track-record of ignoring the results of referendums in the pursuance of expanding its breadth and scope.
In 1992, The Maastricht Treaty was put to referendum in Denmark, and was rejected, only to be put to a second vote the next year after a few amendments were made, and it was eventually ratified. In 2001, The Nice Treaty was put to a referendum vote in Ireland, and was rejected, again only to be put to a second vote the next year and passed; after being given assurance that Ireland would not be held to any common defence policy that would interfere with the nation’s neutrality(3). Following this, in 2005, both France and Holland rejected ‘The European Constitution’, which was then repackaged into The Lisbon Treaty(4), automatically ratified across the EU, and only put to a vote in Ireland — whose vote to reject the treaty was ignored, and the Irish people were forced to vote again. All this considered, on top of the fact that the European Commission is made-up of 28 unelected officials, the European Union is not really as friendly to Democracy as we are lead to believe.
“The Commission is the EU institution that has the monopoly on legislative initiative and important executive powers in policies such as competition and external trade. It is the principal executive body of the European Union and it is formed by a College of members composed of one Commissioner per Member State. It also chairs the committees responsible for the implementation of EU law. The former comitology system has been replaced by new legal instruments, namely implementing and delegated acts.”(5)
So, other than the EU being willing to ignore any referendum vote which impedes its seemingly endless push to create more power for itself, those in-control of the legislative initiative and executive powers are not chosen by way of democratic vote. How has Ireland come under control of such a monstrosity? The original reasons for Ireland entering into the EU were for the sake of entering a customs union for the benefit of lower tariffs and ease of trade between member states (under The EEC’s Treaty of Rome), and now the situation has developed into a union in which it has less than 1% of the voting power, whose “supreme” court is superseded by the European Court of Justice, and is now subject to somewhere in the region of 100,000 supranational acts of legislation which Ireland has no power to repeal(6).
At the time of writing this, Ireland is experiencing a housing crisis, as well as a homeless crisis, the likes of which the country has never seen before. Over the past ten years, Ireland went from a country that was essentially ethnically homogeneous, to natives being less than 50% of the population of many of the towns and cities around the country. In Dublin, for example, 45% of non- Irish nationals are aged between 25 and 34 while this is the case for just 18% of Irish nationals(7); most of whom are male. Only 82% of the entire recoded population as of the 2016 census is Irish, and this number is shrinking every year(8). I say ‘recorded population’, as the census numbers are not entirely accurate due to people not filling in the forms, and the presence of large numbers of illegal migrants is unaccounted for.
It is no wonder the house prices are rising, that the locals are breeding less, and are being outbred on Irish soil by non-natives. The opening of the boarders since The Lisbon Treaty was forced upon Ireland has lead to what is looking more and more like a demographic replacement. And, what is worse, is that a culture has been created such that when one expresses displeasure toward this state of reality coming into being, they are labelled as prejudiced, bigoted, and racist; so most people keep their opinions to themselves, or only express themselves frankly with those whom they can trust, because the potential for such points of view being used against them, and harming their ability to earn, or gain social status, are so high.
As pointed out in the article The Corporate Controlled Social Media, accusatory adjectives such as ‘racist’ can be used as a means to defame anyone a given person disagrees with, or does not like, once the accused steps outside the boundaries of allowable speech or thought. Yes, we have entered the era of thought crime, and censorship of ideas publicly allowable. The immigration issue is one to be addressed in detail in its own article, but it was important to tie into this article critical of The EU, as this is one vain of policy hoisted upon us by The EU, which has forever changed the sociocultural make-up of Ireland; as well as the rest of Europe.
As far as military neutrality goes, it was dissolved with the ratification of The Lisbon Treaty. But, unfortunately, the subject has been largely ignored since, and has not been discussed on the platforms available; our rigidly controlled, highly biased media organisations. In fact, the reality of the situation was swept under the proverbial rug, and remains to be a subject most dare not bring up; even now, with the president of France, and the German Chancellor beginning to openly call for a European military(9) as if they just had the bright idea yesterday, and had not legislated this possibility into the EU framework over ten years ago with the drawing-up of the aforementioned treaty (Article 42). The reality is that we have lost our neutrality already, and we are evermore being woven into a European military force(10), with Germany at the helm. Is this what the people of Ireland wanted when we joined the European Economic Community in 1961 for the purpose of easing trade relations?
All these points considered, Ireland’s entrance into the European Union, which is now becoming a military federation within which we have little power or autonomy, was perhaps misguided, ill- considered, and based on a misunderstanding regarding the limits of the power of such a union. Those running the EU have pulled a monumental ‘bait and switch’ in which the Irish people, and the populations of the other member states have been taken for a ride. This supranational institution is increasingly militaristic, clearly anti-Democratic, and is responsible for changes in the socio-cultural fabric of the member states that is leading to increasing crime and destabilisation(11).
If the people of Europe wish to prevent further change, and the increasing militarisation and dehemoginisation of our respective countries, we need to make it very clear that we oppose what the EU stands for, and begin to act in ways which will prevent the further consolidation of power into the hands of the unelected, anti-Democratic EU commission. There are a number of ways this can be achieved, but the most effective way to halt this monstrosity in its tracks is by promoting secession from the union, and by vocally supporting the Democratic choices of countries like Britain(12), Poland(13), and Hungary(14) — while at the same time, campaigning – however we can – to limit, and remove power from the bureaucrats in Brussels(15).
1. http://www.lisbon-treaty.org/wcm/the-lisbon-treaty/treaty-on-european-union-and-comments/ title-5-general-provisions-on-the-unions-external-action-and-specific-provisions/chapter-2-specific- provisions-on-the-common-foreign-and-security-policy/section-1-common-provisions/115- article-28.html
2. http://www.lisbon-treaty.org/wcm/the-lisbon-treaty/treaty-on-european-union-and-comments/title-5-general-provisions-on-the-unions-external-action-and-specific-provisions/chapter-2-specific- provisions-on-the-common-foreign-and-security-policy/section-2-provisions-on-the-common- security-and-defence-policy/129-article-42.html
3. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-eu-referendum-ignore-lisbon-treaty-nice- treaty-ireland-greece-france-netherlands-a7105261.html
6. Source: Anthony Coughlan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fjt3Rc1O7ug
7. http://www.dublincity.ie/sites/default/files/content/Business/Documents/ Diversity%20in%20Dublin%20City.pdf
10. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/defence-forces-personnel-to-serve-in-eu-battlegroup- in-2020-1.3382787