Like a lumbering Spanish galleon, the European Union’s most recent attempt at increasing its influence at home and abroad — the leviathan Treaty of Lisbon — has run into heavy seas off the coast of Ireland. The International Herald Tribune reports:
DUBLIN: The final straw, Dermot Gilmartin said, was seeing an official struggling on television to answer questions about the topic of the hour: the European Union’s Lisbon treaty, on which Ireland will vote in a referendum Thursday. Challenged on a technical point, the official sputtered, frantically began rifling through his papers and fell silent.
For two and a half minutes.
“I was cringing for the guy,” said Gilmartin, 25, as he made his way to the local pub one recent afternoon. But pity aside, Gilmartin said, why should he vote for something so abstruse that even someone whose job it is to understand the treaty cannot explain away its mysteries? . . .
I don’t have a vote, obviously. But my take on the treaty is that it would drive the EU further toward the U.S. model in which centralized bureaucracy grows far beyond the good of the people and territories over which it exercises power. For the good of Europe, its member states need to retain as much as possible of their individual sovereignty.
In this regard, the United States went off the rails by 1913 with the ratification of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution and the legalization of individual income tax.
We should know more later today.