that the second vote is in, THE IRISH TIMES triumphantly
asked its readers if the victorious "Yes"
outcome to Nice II justified having had this second
referendum. My answer (which they said they'd "moderate")
was as follows:
was right, the ends apparently do justify the means.
But at the end of the day, what does it really all
mean? Just that the sell-out forces within the Irish
political & economic elite (like elites in most
places) can muster the forces of propaganda effectively
more times than not to fool people into voting against
their own best interests. Notice of course that this
second bite at the Nice apple will not be permitted
precedent to re-vote on the so called Good Friday
Agreement. Why? Because money talks and bullshit walks.
Oh well, this isn't the first (or last) time that
a small country was sold out by its corrupt off-shore
banking elite. Banana Republic Go Brah!"
not far from the ancient city of Jalabad in Afghanistan
is a graveyard filled with dead Irish soldiers from
the 1840's who died for the last great federal project
in which they were also second class citizens. And
if you don't think you have been sold down the river,
then why is it that none of the 50 states in the United
States would have agreed to a similar second class
status for union membership as prescribed by the Treaty
of Nice? And if you think the F&F'ers and company
really provided the public at large with the adequate
information they needed for voting this time around,
then do pray tell what benefits Ireland got by voting
for this treaty of adhesion? What were the express
quantity terms of this contract?
the EU will now be administratively streamlined by
this treaty for the political convenience of the current
larger member states, but how does this benefit Ireland
or any of the other smaller current member countries
or larger applicant countries for that matter?
don't say the Treaty of Nice was needed for enlargement
because Romano Prodi already stated for the record
that it wasn't (given the existence of the Treaty
of Amsterdam from 1998 which already provided for
enlargement by up to 5 more applicant countries).
who gets to unilaterally deem this 2nd plebiscite
"unreliable and unacceptable" given the
overwhelming propaganda that was marshaled by the
government and the media? Wasn't the greater "Yes"
response this time out really just pavlovian and so
untrustworthy meriting a two out of three go round?
I don't believe in soothsayers anymore than most,
consider the following legal analysis: after the so-called
Good Friday Agreement, Ireland became the only country
in the world that didn't define itself by territory.
And now with the Treaty of Nice, Ireland is no longer
a national country even. It is a European province
wherein you will now have even lesser a say in the
EU policy decision making process, which will affect
your lives. That's hardly democratic. But given history,
it is very European.
given Ireland's long history of informing and bribing,
do you really think our fearless leaders sold us out
for free? Or do you really think only Liam Lawlor
has nefarious off-shore bank accounts?
you do, then you have the right attitude to fight
for Spain in Morrocco and for Britain in the Falklands
--- all of which are part of the EU as will be any
territory these imperial powers claim and control.
take that hill Sarge. I gotcha covered. Whatcha waiting
Because if you don't go then know the EU now has the
right, thanks to the Treaty of Nice, to throw Ireland
out of the EU as never before given the now former
requirement of unanimous voting by all the EU members
as equal states. What price inequality?
fools, the fools, the fools. They have given up their
Fenian lives and they don't even know it or care.
Time to go to Norway.
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