The Art of Destroying Freedom

The British newspaper Daily Express reports that Europe is sinking deeper into the brown mud – and this story is truly frightening:

Senior Eurocrats are secretly plotting to create a super-powerful EU president to realise their dream of abolishing ­Britain and other nation states, the Daily Express can reveal. A covert group of EU foreign ministers has drawn up plans for merging the jobs currently done by Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. The new bureaucrat, who would not be directly elected by voters, is set to get sweeping control over the entire EU and force member countries into ever-greater political and economic union.

One of the driving forces is the need, felt by Europe’s ever more desperate political leaders, to stop the fiscal bleeding in countries like Greece and Spain. That bleeding will continue so long as they maintain the welfare state, and Europe’s leaders are not willing to give up the welfare state. So in order to try to save it they are forcing ever more draconian austerity measures down the throats of Europe’s families. The people, on the other hand, are increasingly voicing their desperation, which leads more and more politicians to feel that they have to choose between their political agenda and their voters.

Apparently, they are making the wrong choice.

Tellingly, the UK has been excluded from the confidential discussions within the shady “Berlin Group” of Europhile politicians, spearheaded by German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle. Opponents fear the plan could create a modern-day equivalent of the European emperor envisaged by Napoleon Bonaparte or a return to the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne that dominated Europe in the Dark Ages.

There is one big difference. Today people know what freedom and democracy taste like. It is going to take a lot more authoritarianism to deprive people of their right to govern themselves than it did back in the Dark Ages, or even under Napoleon.

They are concerned that David Cameron’s coalition Government is doing nothing to prevent the sinister plot. The secret talks were uncovered by Independent Labour peer Lord Stoddart of Swindon. “This is a plot by people who want to abolish nation states and create a United States of Europe,” he said.

That is not correct. The political super-office they are considering is not elected and is not part of a power separation model. In fact, what is envisioned here is a return to the pre-parliamentary kind of nation state that Europe gradually abandoned during the first half of the 20th century.

A nation state, not a constitutional republic. A nation state that puts enormous powers in the hands of its leader. A leader whose only claim to legitimacy is arrogance. 

Back to the Daily Express story:

Tory backbench MP Douglas Carswell said: “It doesn’t matter how you arrange the offices of these technocrats, they are useless at arranging our lives for us and they are not elected so they have no legitimacy. “My worry is that the president will end up having the charisma of Van Rompuy and the economic management skills of Barroso.” Euro-MP Paul Nuttall, of the UK Independence Party, said: “This is a truly ridiculous idea that must never be allowed to happen. It sounds as if they are trying to go back to the days of the Holy Roman Emperor.”

Americans probably don’t understand why all this uproar. But imagine if we merged Harry Reid with Barack Obama, allowed Congress to appoint him, whereupon we reduced Congress to a debate club (literally) and dismantled the Supreme Court so that this person was accountable to absolutely nobody.

That is, in a nutshell, what the Europeans are doing. And for what purpose? To create economic policy powers that can save Europe’s welfare states by dictatorial austerity. It won’t work, but they won’t realize that until it is way too late.

Lord Stoddart confirmed the existence of the plot thanks to a parliamentary written answer in the House of Lords. He asked Foreign Office ministers to reveal what they knew about the merger talks. In response to his inquiry, Tory Foreign Office minister Lord Howell of Guildford said: “We are aware of one group of EU foreign ministers meeting on an informal basis to discuss a variety of issues related to the future governance of the EU. While the UK is not part of that group, we understand that one idea under discussion is a merger of the positions of president of the European Council and president of the European Commission.” … “Such a merger would represent a massive shift of power into the hands of a single, unelected bureaucrat.” … “The holder of this new office would be both Europe’s political and administrative leader, giving them far more powers than those given to the US president.

The “European project”, manifested in the EU and the currency union, has become increasingly unpopular as its non-democratic structures have seized more and more power. As the EU tries to push more and more austerity onto struggling welfare states like Greece and Spain, voters look farther and farther out toward the political flanks to find someone to vote for. As Europe’s liberals, social democrats and moderate conservatives throw their support behind the “European project”, and the outcome of that project becomes a real burden on the shoulders of the people, more and more voters will respond by supporting anti-EU parties – even if those parties are themselves totalitarian.

The more arrogant political leaders become, the more the people will respond to them with contempt. If democratically elected politicians choose their own agendas over the freedom and prosperity of their people, then people will eventually respond by turning their backs on democracy. In doing so they will lose their freedom, but if they feel that democracy is a route to the same loss of freedom, they will want to at least feel that they can control the circumstances under which they give up their freedom. If that means electing fascists, then that is what people will do.

Europe is changing, and changing fast. Its totalitarian future presents America with an entirely new challenge for the future. That challenge has one simple meaning: preserve freedom – more important than ever. If Europe falls into the dungeon of totalitarianism, and we continue Europeanizing our country by importing more and more of its collectivism and welfare state, then eventually we will face the same fate as Europe.

If we do, then we will lose freedom in no more than one generation.

These are troubled times. Now more than ever, America needs a president with integrity, exceptional leadership skills – and a deep love for America.

Let’s keep that in mind in November.