Contrary to Helen at Chicago Boyz, the Irish should accept the EU referendum. If the Irish do not, Ireland should be expelled from the Union.
The European Union exists to provide a monetary, economic, and political way for the democracies of Europe to avoid being divided by Russia. Russia is able to use oil and natural gas politics to invade weaker countries and roll back democracy and liberty, using direct assaults that are impossible militarily (because of NATO).
The EU is the political, economic, and monetary arm of NATO in Europe.
Broadening and deepening the European Union is critical to the security of democracy and liberty of Europe.
Ireland should vote yes.
Good news from the Eurocore… The Lisbon Treaty (Which would increase collective decision making in the European Union, thus making Europe less vulnerable to Russian divide-and-conquer tactics) will have another chance in Ireland, which rejected it in back in June. Also good news: a plurality of Irish who voted against the treaty did so out of ignorance, rather than opposition to collective decision making in Europe:
The Weekly Standard
Last week, the Irish foreign minister presented the details of an opinion poll analyzing the reasons behind the islandâ€™s â€œNoâ€ vote on the EUâ€™s Lisbon Treaty on June 12. Three months ago, the latest EU attempt to streamline the 27-nation blocâ€™s institutional structures and decision-making procedures was rejected by a 53-43 percent margin. The poll was conducted in late July and involved more than 2000 Irish eligible voters. I have summarized some of the reportâ€™s key findings below..
In the meantime, reports have surfaced indicating that the pro-EU government in Dublin will agree to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in the Fall of 2009, most likely after having extracted concessions on keeping its only EU commissioner as well as sensitive issues such as abortion, taxation, and military neutrality.
The strengthening and expansion of the European Union is a vital part of the multilateral goal of shifting the balance of power in Eurasia as far as possible away from the central asian gap state of Russia, and to productive powers such as Europe, India, China, Korea, Japan, and so on.