"To the liberalism they profess, I prefer the liberties we enjoy; to the Rights of Man, the rights of Englishmen." Disraeli
Philosophers love to isolate essences, distilling them from the concrete circumstances which alone can give them coherence. They love to talk about liberty, justice and human rights without mentioning persons and circumstances. But essences without people are like a bowl of white sugar without any food, and slightly more potent: the later will lead to a tummy ache, the former may lead to a revolution. If anyone doubts what I say, just pick up a copy of Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France and read the first section.
The corollary of praising liberty in the abstract, is that it becomes divorced from that sense of responsibility which alone can render liberty beneficial or obnoxious. The separation of liberty and responsibility, like the separation of sugar from food, breeds the idea that liberty is dangerous. This includes the liberties of nations as well as that of individuals. Enter post-nationalism.
As I have noted elsewhere, post-nationalism is the idea that nation states cannot be trusted with freedom, since they might abuse that freedom and produce another Hitler. This was the ideological underpining to the Lisbon Treaty. This treaty, which came into force on 1 December, 2009, removed the remaining vestiges of British sovereignty.
Intended as a replacement to the EU constitution after it was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005, the treaty transfers vast swabs of power from Parliament to Brussels. It also strips Britain’s right to veto new EU laws in more than 40 different policy areas.
The treaty also grants new powers to the European Commission, European Parliament and European Court of Justice.
Defenders of the treaty have argued that it will create a more powerful Europe. By establishing the first president of Europe and a foreign minister and a diplomatic corps, the treaty paves the way for a European empire.
Eurocrats celebrated the new era of Brussels domination with a lavish tax-payer-funded firework display (pictured below).The purpose of the treaty was to streamline EU institutions, divesting decision making mechanisms from local governments in order to achieve a greater centralization of power. The 250-plus page treaty also allows more decisions to be made by a simple majority instead of unanimous consent.
In order to pass, the Lisbon treaty had to be ratified by all 27 member states. Although the treaty was rejected by Irish voters in June 2008, it received overwhelming support in a second referendum in the Irish Republic on 2 October 2009.
The people of Britain, on the other hand, were not given the chance to vote on it, despite the Labour Government having promised a referendum. Indeed, Labour won the 2005 election largely on a manifesto pledge to give the British people a referendum on the treaty.
Tory Euro MP Daniel Hannan said: “It is appalling, demeaning, disgraceful that such a thing should have been done without popular consent and in the absence of the referendum that all three parties had promised.”
"Dec. 1, 2009, will be recorded as the day that the Queen of England officially became a vassal of the seventh resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire” Ron Fraser noted In his article, 'Good-bye Great Britain'. “As of Dec. 1, 2009, the British people are no longer subjects of the Crown. They are citizens of the European Union. The monarch is now subject to the rule of the elites ensconced in Brussels, Berlin and Rome. Their immediate promise is a new wave of taxes. Ahead is an era of economic stagnation and depression, with resultant political and social instability, and, most insidious of all, a period of religious oppression."