Monday, May 30, 2005

When does 'no' mean 'no'? :: Mark Steyn

"If at the end of the ratification process, we do not manage to solve the problems, the countries that would have said No, would have to ask themselves the question again," "President" Juncker told the Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

Got that? You have the right to vote, but only if you give the answer your rulers want you to give. But don't worry, if you don't, we'll treat you like a particularly backward nursery school and keep asking the question until you get the answer right. Even America's bossiest nanny-state Democrats don't usually express their contempt for the will of the people quite so crudely.

Juncker is a man from Luxembourg, a country two-thirds the size of your rec room, and, under the agreeably clubby EU arrangements, he gets to serve as "president" without anything so tiresome as having to be voted into the job by "ordinary people." His remarks capture precisely the difference between the new Europe and the American republic.
As The Eclectic Econoclast has noted, Quebec francophones have same if-at-first-you-don't-succeed attitude.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Even America's bossiest nanny-state Democrats don't usually express their contempt for the will of the people quite so crudely."

...ahhh... yes... just like in Florida, 2000?

Why just "Democrats"? Don't you recognize the numerous crude nanny-state efforts of Republicans, too? (Can you say Terri Shiavo?) Or does your ideology interfere with a clear-eyed acceptance of that?

5:59 AM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

Anon,

Your point of about Republicans adopting nanny-state mentality is on target.

Speaking of clear eyed, wasn't there an election in Florida in 2000, and didn't the Democrats simply lose it? Mr. Gore ran a poor campaign. Florida should have never been in the margin of error, but it was; blame that on turnout by Democrats if you want to assign responsibility. It was Gore who wanted to run that race a second time. You don't get a second chance in politics though. Except, perhaps, in France.

9:34 AM  

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