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07/07/2016

Brexit / Frexit?

I present the following as just an opinion of attitudes in Europe these days.  Plus I know a little something about Ms. Le Pen, leader of the National Front party in France (or Front National, FN).  Heck, I’m the only American, I can virtually guarantee, who marched in her annual May Day parade in Paris twice in the last five years....but just as a reporter, not a supporter, I hasten to add.

So on the heels of Brexit....

Marine Le Pen / Op-Ed New York Times

[Excerpts]

“If there’s one thing that chafes French pride, it’s seeing the British steal the limelight.  But in the face of real courage, even the proudest French person can only tip his hat and bow. The decision that the people of Britain have just made was indeed an act of courage – the courage of a people who embrace their freedom.

“Brexit won out, defeating all forecasts.  Britain decided to cast off from the European Union and reclaim its independence among the world’s nations.  It had been said that the election would hinge solely on economic matters; the British, however, were more insightful in understanding the real issue than commentators like to admit.

“British voters understood that behind prognostications about the pound’s exchange rate and behind the debates of financial experts, only one question, at once simple and fundamental, was being asked: Do we want an undemocratic authority ruling our lives, or would we rather regain control over our destiny?  Brexit is, above all, a political issue.  It’s about the free choice of a people deciding to govern itself.  Even when it is touted by all the propaganda in the world, a cage remains a cage, and a cage is unbearable to a human being in love with freedom.

“The European Union has become a prison of peoples.  Each of the 28 countries that constitute it has slowly lost its democratic prerogatives to commissions and councils with no popular mandate.  Every nation in the union has had to apply laws it did not want for itself.  Member nations no longer determine their own budgets.  They are called upon to open their borders against their will.

“Countries in the eurozone face an even less enviable situation.  In the name of ideology, different economies are forced to adopt the same currency, even if doing so bleeds them dry.  It’s a modern version of the Procrustean bed, and the people no longer have a say.

“And what about the European Parliament?  It’s democratic in appearance only, because it’s based on a lie: the pretense that there is a homogeneous European people, and that a Polish member of the European Parliament has the legitimacy to make law for the Spanish.  We have tried to deny the existence of sovereign nations.  It’s only natural that they would not allow being denied....

“So the people of Europe have but one alternative left: to remain bound hand-and-foot to a union that betrays national interests and popular sovereignty and that throws our countries wide open to massive immigration and arrogant finance, or to reclaim their freedom by voting.

“Calls for referendums are ringing throughout the Continent.  I myself have suggested to Mr. Hollande that one such public consultation be held in France.  He did not fail to turn me down.  More and more, the destiny of the European Union resembles the destiny of the Soviet Union, which died from its own contradictions.

“The People’s Spring is now inevitable!  The only question left to ask is whether Europe is ready to rid itself of its illusions, or if the return to reason will come with suffering.  I made my decision a long time ago.  I chose France.  I chose sovereign nations.  I chose freedom.”

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Brian Trumbore



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07/07/2016

Brexit / Frexit?

I present the following as just an opinion of attitudes in Europe these days.  Plus I know a little something about Ms. Le Pen, leader of the National Front party in France (or Front National, FN).  Heck, I’m the only American, I can virtually guarantee, who marched in her annual May Day parade in Paris twice in the last five years....but just as a reporter, not a supporter, I hasten to add.

So on the heels of Brexit....

Marine Le Pen / Op-Ed New York Times

[Excerpts]

“If there’s one thing that chafes French pride, it’s seeing the British steal the limelight.  But in the face of real courage, even the proudest French person can only tip his hat and bow. The decision that the people of Britain have just made was indeed an act of courage – the courage of a people who embrace their freedom.

“Brexit won out, defeating all forecasts.  Britain decided to cast off from the European Union and reclaim its independence among the world’s nations.  It had been said that the election would hinge solely on economic matters; the British, however, were more insightful in understanding the real issue than commentators like to admit.

“British voters understood that behind prognostications about the pound’s exchange rate and behind the debates of financial experts, only one question, at once simple and fundamental, was being asked: Do we want an undemocratic authority ruling our lives, or would we rather regain control over our destiny?  Brexit is, above all, a political issue.  It’s about the free choice of a people deciding to govern itself.  Even when it is touted by all the propaganda in the world, a cage remains a cage, and a cage is unbearable to a human being in love with freedom.

“The European Union has become a prison of peoples.  Each of the 28 countries that constitute it has slowly lost its democratic prerogatives to commissions and councils with no popular mandate.  Every nation in the union has had to apply laws it did not want for itself.  Member nations no longer determine their own budgets.  They are called upon to open their borders against their will.

“Countries in the eurozone face an even less enviable situation.  In the name of ideology, different economies are forced to adopt the same currency, even if doing so bleeds them dry.  It’s a modern version of the Procrustean bed, and the people no longer have a say.

“And what about the European Parliament?  It’s democratic in appearance only, because it’s based on a lie: the pretense that there is a homogeneous European people, and that a Polish member of the European Parliament has the legitimacy to make law for the Spanish.  We have tried to deny the existence of sovereign nations.  It’s only natural that they would not allow being denied....

“So the people of Europe have but one alternative left: to remain bound hand-and-foot to a union that betrays national interests and popular sovereignty and that throws our countries wide open to massive immigration and arrogant finance, or to reclaim their freedom by voting.

“Calls for referendums are ringing throughout the Continent.  I myself have suggested to Mr. Hollande that one such public consultation be held in France.  He did not fail to turn me down.  More and more, the destiny of the European Union resembles the destiny of the Soviet Union, which died from its own contradictions.

“The People’s Spring is now inevitable!  The only question left to ask is whether Europe is ready to rid itself of its illusions, or if the return to reason will come with suffering.  I made my decision a long time ago.  I chose France.  I chose sovereign nations.  I chose freedom.”

Hot Spots will return in a few weeks.

Brian Trumbore