Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written seven scholarly legal articles and was an adjunct at T. C. Williams School of Law. (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)
Yesterday’s EU Parliament elections produced little news in the US. Conservatives made great gains although they did not attain a majority of the seats in the EU Parliament. But there is more to the story. First, an introduction:
The European Union is a superstate, encouraged by the United States as a part of its foreign policy, determined to create a federal union similar to the United States. EU policy already touches aspects of the individual nations in areas such as taxation, trade, immigration and human rights. It is a legitimate question to ask if it was wise policy for The United States to encourage a rival supergovernment that could turn on us. Rather we should support national rights and individual liberty.
Last week, a little known libertarian anti-EU party beat out Labour for second place in the European elections in the UK: The United Kingdom Independence Party. Only the Tories did better. The UKIP won 13 seats in the EU parliament.
The UKIP calls for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, school vouchers, a flat tax, nuclear power and local solutions for local issues – not dictation from Brussels. They renounce any sort of racism (unlike the British National Party, which alas also won its first seats in the EU parliament) or anti-Semitism. It links to the American Campaign for Liberty and is a member of the InDem group of similar parties in other EU nations.
EU elites refuse to bring the people into the process of unification. They avoid referenda at almost all costs. Contrast the free debate and discussion that accompanied the ratification of the Constitution. Rather the leaders in the mainstream European political parties (with some exceptions such as some Conservatives in Britain) prefer treaties and back room dealmaking to increase their power. I believe the rise of the UKIP and similar parties show that you cannot place a lid on liberty or patriotic fervor – from Ron Paul and the Campaign for Liberty here to the UKIP to the InDem Group. There are now libertarian or so-called euroskeptic (I would call them anti-EU) parties in nearly every EU nation.
Even in Virginia, liberty is on the march. No one would have predicted last winter that Virginia would adopt a binding law defying REAL ID for example. But in this most recent General Assembly session, Virginia along with now a majority of the other states did indeed renounce the REAL ID (The UKIP is against a similar scheme in Britain). Ken Cuccinelli, the author of the Senate anti-REAL ID bill, states many such libertarian ideals in his successful nomination for Attorney General.
I urge all of us to watch the EU carefully. What is happening in Europe is certainly eyed for the United States. The move toward regional and world government is neither libertarian nor favored. But liberty is on the march! It cannot be stopped, for inalienable rights come, as the Declaration asserted, from our Creator. As the finest Hanoverian said: Give me LIBERTY or Give me Death!