The whole concept of the European Union was a move to consolidate those countries into a single government structure with a common currency. To borrow some British slang, that sounds like a simply smashing idea, doesn’t it? If one believes in the notion of limited government and the only way to keep government limited is to keep it closest to the people, this whole consolidation concept seems contradictory. And as it turns out, the further away from the people government gets, the less accountable and more corrupt it becomes. In addition to having virtually forced the participation in the EU on the people of the member countries, the policies determined by the majority in power are literally hurting the member nations. This consolidated government concept is decidedly not working out very well.
Many of us are of course aware of the bailout of Greece earlier this year and the riots that swept through the country this summer as the government attempted to take some measures to rein in unsustainable spending (austerity).
Some predicted Greece would not be the last EU member to need a bailout, and of course, they were right. The EU nations have just agreed to provide an $89 billion bailout to Ireland.
In the YouTube video below, EU Parliament member of Great Britain, Nigel Farage, speaks very firmly against the EU's policies:
(A transcript and analysis of the speech can be read HERE.)
This video and the current state of affairs in Europe is not simply a bit of interesting international news. If heeded, it could serve as a warning for America; elected officials who consistently proceed absent the support and consent of the government set a dangerous trend. Further, and perhaps more importantly, ever-expanding welfare state policies are not sustainable. Creating dependency among large numbers of people, especially when that large number includes a significant population of unassimilated immigrants is dangerous. When the system inevitably collapses, the dependent population, having come to believe they are entitled to government support, literally turns violent when the welfare is taken away.
This recent speech from Farage is by no means the first time he has spoken strenuously against the European Union. A search on YouTube reveals years of strident Farage speeches. Here is just a sampling:
2008: "Nigel Farage exposes Sarkozy"
Nigel Farage is a member of the UK Independence Party.