My guess would be around the 15th of Never. (Hat tip: RSMcCain)
You ever read a story that makes you laugh out loud and then when your laughter subsides you realize there’s nothing funny whatsoever about the situation? That’s what this story did to me. From the Daily Mail, news that the EU is going to open a European history museum, but they apparently have Winston Smith hard at work on rewrites: (Hat tip: NRO)
The European Union (our real ruler) is opening a £44m museum that will be a House of European History. This vanity project in and of itself is an offensive waste of money as governments and peoples tighten belts across Europe.
But what I found most offensive of all is that World War II is to be described as “the European Civil War”.
That’s right: a European Civil War that saws millions fight and die in theatres around the world in places as diverse as Tobruk, Pearl Harbour and the Burma Railway.
This is really a case of the EU showing us its cards. It’s about creating a one-world government, a goal shared by Hitler. Now that comparison is a bit over the top but can anyone still make an intellectual argument that the mission of the EU isn’t to end the sovereignty of the European states?
Many on the loony left took George Bush 41’s statement about a “New World Order” and saw a conspiracy of the Masons, Bilderbergs, et al to create a one-world government which in that particular case they saw as bad, yet a few years later you had the Clinton Administration with foreign policy wonks such a Strobe Talbott who said “All countries are basically social arrangements, accommodations to changing circumstances . . . they are all artificial and temporary.”
So how can the most powerful nation on earth get in on this one-world creamy goodness? Why we have to be brought down to the rest of the world’s level. Anyone see that happening lately?
Let’s forge some documents that say he was born in the United States and have him run for President:
That is the question. Certainly democracy found it’s way to Europe after 1776, so why not a second time?
The reason for the question is this viral video from MEP Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party who let it rip in the latest EU session taking a page from the book of Daniel Hannan:
Portugal is indeed next. Cloward-Piven is on the march and may crush us if we don’t stop it soon.
I’ve been spending so much time covering my latest man-crush Chris Christie that I’ve been neglecting my other man-crush Daniel Hannan over in “the Europe.” (G-d I need a girlfriend!) Anywho, as a member of the European Union Parliament, Hannan has a novel idea:
Do I have to say it? Alright, I will. We should try that here!
I may just have to pick up the Tony Blair memoirs this weekend and read it. Sounds like there’s some damned interesting stuff within, like this delicious nugget found by Marc Thiessen:
George had arrived bang on time for this first discussion and had not fully said hello to all the participants. He didn’t know or recognize Guy, whose advice he listened to with considerable astonishment.
He turned to me and whispered, “Who is this guy?”
“He’s the prime minister of Belgium,” I said.
“Belgium?” George said, clearly aghast at the possible full extent of his stupidity. “Belgium’s not part of the G8.”
“No,” I said, “but he is the president of Europe.”
“You got Belgians running Europe?” He shook his head, now aghast at our stupidity.
Heh! Blair has also pointed out in his book that it’s downright stupid to believe that George W. was and is stupid:
“No one stumbles into that job, and the history of American presidential campaigns is littered with the corpses of those who were supposed to be brilliant, but who nonetheless failed because brilliance is not enough,” Politico quoted him, as writing in his memoir.
“To succeed in US politics, or that of the UK, you have to be more than clever. You have to be able to connect and you have to be able to articulate that connection in plain language,” Blair writes.
“The plainness of the language then leads people to look past the brainpower involved. Reagan was clever. Thatcher was clever. And sometimes the very plainness touches something else: a simplicity that is the product of a decisive nature,” he adds.
Tragic. Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and over 80 prominent government officials were killed in a plane crash in western Russia this morning. Kaczynski was one of the good ones in Europe. An EU skeptic, who wasn’t afraid to speak out in the defense of fledgling democracies in the region. Keep the Poles in your thoughts.
A magnum opus from Mark Steyn on the future of America. RTWT.
Daniel Hannan has a look at Czech President Václav Klaus and an interesting little bit of trivial about George Orwell:
I learned something new from a Daily Telegraph editorial the other day. Apparently, the title which George Orwell had originally wanted for Nineteen-Eighty-Four, his dystopian classic, was The Last European. These days, the leader-writer observed, the last European is Václav Klaus, the brave, prickly, stubborn president of the Czech Republic. He alone stands for European values – the rule of law, personal freedom, representative government – against a system that depreciates liberty and despises democracy. He alone has yet to sign the Lisbon Treaty.
Long-standing readers of this blog will be familiar with Hannan’s First Law of Politics: no party is ever Euro-sceptic while in office. But President Klaus is not a party. Indeed, he left the party he had founded because he felt it was insufficiently robust in its Euro-scepticism. Will he be the first ever leader to take on the system and win? Will he do what Winston Smith couldn’t?
One can hope, but I’m sure Mr. Hannan will forgive me if I’m a bit pessimistic these days.