The union of once sovereign states- a bad idea

I admire George Will’s intellect and his apparent “conservative” political position—although his writing style comes across as a bit pompous, overdone and sometimes difficult to follow. I read his Washington Post column (when it’s available in local papers) because I like an intellectual challenge.

Recently, Mr. Will commented on the self-inflicted Greek tragedy. Remarking on the “European left’s unending romance with Marxism,” he succinctly identified the Greek problem: “Greece (wants to) live better than its economic productivity can sustain, and more productive Europeans (are expected) to pay the difference.” Americans, also, are marching along with this deceptive Pied Piper.

Will commented on the folly of the European Union: “Yet another of Europe’s misbegotten enthusiasms.” Specifically, he noted, “Actually, the euro is a bad idea that is the logical application…of an even worse idea—the European Union.”

That got my attention, directed to a universal truth: the surrender of state sovereignty devolving to a central government is a very bad idea. The late U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher saw that in 1988. At that time she said, “We have not yet rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them reimposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.” The British people have not yet agreed to hand over their sovereign nation to the Brussels’ bureaucracy, but it’s probably only a matter of time before they do.

According to Mr. Will the current Prime Minister David Cameron has “promised a referendum on British membership in the EU.” Will notes that this is important to Brits “because it will determine whether future parliamentary elections will matter.” We Americans fought a terrible war over this issue in the 1860s. Unfortunately, the States that opposed an aggressive, militaristic union of other States lost.

Over the past 150 years that American Union has increasingly become more imperialistic and oppressive. The result: continual involvement in the affairs of other countries, including never-ending wars; legislative dysfunction; massive, proliferating, uncontrollable federal programs and bureaucracies; unsustainable federal debts and deficits; government inflicted inflation; loss of decision-making at the State and local levels; excessive confiscation and distribution of our property and curtailment of our personal freedoms.

As George Will writes: The European drive for closer union “means evermore attenuated democracy…fueled by the traditional socialist (and in America, the progressive) goal of expanding the reach of the mandarin class of supposed experts in social rationality.”

Translation, in my words: European central-government planners and American statists pushing for national alliances controlled by elite groups of presumed skilled, logical bureaucrats results in increasingly weaker government by the people.

But, of course, that is their objective— ultimately to control individual freedom and make people dependent on the super-power union.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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