Watching the European economic situation unfold the past few months makes me wonder if Cold War-era aliens have taken over the leadership of European Parliament. Did these folks learn anything over the course of those close to fifty years that state intervention and regulation of national economies is a sure way to destroy freedom?
Talking about these issues with a fellow UK lawyer friend, he recently told me about Sir Nigel Forage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Seems like there are some sane folks after all in the UK these days. Frankly, I had never heard of him or the UKIP. It was founded in 1993 and argue that the “theft of our democracy by a powerful, remote political ‘elite’ [in the EU] which has forgotten that it’s here to serve the people” has to be stopped.
Listen to a few of their floor speeches in the European Parliament and you’ll quickly learn that they are unabashedly frank and, well, in your face but diplomatic. Greek reduced to nothing more than a protectorate …the EU leaders have a loathing for the nation-state … the Lisbon Treaty was a legal coup d’état that recreated the evil system that the people in Eastern Europe had suffered under during the Cold War … and much more.
These folks sound like Thatcherite conservatives, not the mushy stuff we hear today from Cameron’s Conservative Party. Let’s hope there are more like them from other European countries — I know of a few from the former Eastern Bloc countries. The EU really needs to refocus priorities, stop regulating, literally, the nation-state to death.
Europe may be headed down a very uncertain political path that could plunge that region into prolonged instability and, in the process, ruin the many sacrifices that were made to defend liberty, freedom, and rule of law after World War II and the Cold War. It’s good to see folks on that side of the pond tell it like it is, for a change.
The UKIP does not need to win too many seats in Parliament, if any, to succeed with its long-term mission. But I think it will. Speaking up and defending liberty will have a big impact, no matter the number of their elected ranks. The UK Conservatives should rally and listen to what these folks have to say. Indeed, Conservatives throughout Europe need to reconnoiter, close ranks. I know that feeling is there from many of the former Eastern bloc countries, just talk to any of their current Ambassadors to DC.
There is also lesson here for us Republicans. We should take note and, for example, not ignore the folks with the Tea Party or Ron Paul supporters. I’ve been involved with the GOP at the state or national level in some form or another since the 1980s. We’ve done bad job of keeping folks in the tent. That needs to change. While we are doing a little better, we have a long way to go. There could be a lesson in the UKIP experience.