TAMING OF THE BRUSSELS SPROUTED MONSTER
Below uniquely articulated piece about the EU that ends with a quirky poem.
Unfortunately, I am not optimistic that the monster has been tamed as the EU "ogres" will twist and turn, cajole and threaten, control and retaliate- in other words do EVERYTHING imaginable in order to keep their positions of power and money.
TAMING OF THE BRUSSELS SPROUTED MONSTER
Posted: July 14, 2008
1:00 am Eastern
By Noel S. Williams
Starting as a common market decades ago, the European Union has inexorably evolved from its economic mandate to a political body ever siphoning off powers from its 27 member states. Along the way, people throughout Europe have always been Eurosceptics, and when given the opportunity for referenda have voted down EU treaties.
In response, ogre-like Eurocrats with presumed superior wisdom circumvented the expressed wishes of ordinary citizens. For example, when the French and Dutch in referenda in 2005 both rejected the EU constitution, the ogres decided to bypass the people, instead pushing their supranational ambitions through executives and national parliaments.
Wounded by their 2005 defeat, their next attempt to create a European superstate was the 2007 Treaty of Lisbon. Now the beast from Brussels had mutated into a snarling monster intent on squashing all semblance of national autonomy.
Recognizing the gaping chasm between their ambitions and the will of the people, the Eurocratic ogres were surreptitious, only unleashing their monster in the shadowy underworld of Europe's bureaucratic labyrinth. However, their pernicious strategy to usurp democracy was flawed: Their treaty required ratification by all 27 member states, and in one country they simply could not bypass the people. Only Ireland, required by law to allow its citizens to vote on anything affecting their constitution, scheduled a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon.
In the magical land of Eire, they showed their ire, all right. By a tidy margin of 53 to 47 percent – remarkable considering the daunting array of ogres scheming for a yes vote – the Irish voted "No" to the Treaty of Lisbon and tamed the Brussels sprouted beast.
The ogres could mollycoddle their ghastly champion no more. The beast from Brussels was thwarted. Its slimy mutant offspring from Lisbon, always wily in the grimy shadows, was laid bare upon the broad, sunlight uplands of a green and pleasant land and slain. Here's how it went down:
Before the politicians went mental, 'twas only a market for continentals.
The skittish British dallied and tip-toed, while in the '60s the French rallied and vetoed.
Teddy Heath was a cunning Tory, an early ogre deluded by a united Europe in glory.
In the '70s he sold out Britain's fishing grounds where a menacing monster lurked unbound.
In '92 it rose from the Meuse in Maastricht, grotesquely contorted, with a treaty to constrict.
From its slimy grip Norway would extricate, but 15 in Europe eventually suffocate.
The ravenous frenzy went unabated; nations paid tribute, but were ill fated.
Twenty-seven succumbed, not their finest hours, quivering as the Brussels monster devours.
With millennia's dawn its tentacles spread, national powers were disdainfully shred.
A 2005 mutation from Brussels sprouted when the French and Dutch finally shouted:
Enough you beast it's our referenda! Shove your directives, stick your agenda.
The wounded mutant squirmed to Lisbon, embracing Eurocratic ogres who gave it pardon.
In dank crypts the devious allies conspire, with dastardly plots to avoid the people's ire.
To conquer Ireland the monster goes public, but in the open its maneuvers are shambolic.
Lisbon's ogres had given it haven 'till the Irish confronted the beast and proved it craven.
A supranational union was their Holy Grail, 'twas imminent peril till the Irish lifted the veil.
Now feeble in public, prostrate in the light, the Brussels monster is no more a fright.
Noel S. Williams is writer from Lakewood, Wash. He has received several writing honors, including the Freedom of Frontiers' Quill Pen Ten.