Ireland Falls into the Sea
The Treaty of Lisbon Debacle in Retrospect
Michael J. Matt
|Editor, The Remnant|
Far from backing the Lisbon Treaty initially, Ireland had roundly rejected it just last year. But the increasingly anti-Christian European Union doesn’t take “no” for an answer, especially when “yes” can be purchased. They used intimidation and vast amounts of money to knock the democratic process in Ireland on its backside. As UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage put it, “there was a wall of money for the Yes campaign….The Irish have been bullied into voting Yes.”
Mr. Farage, apparently one of the last voices of sanity in European politics, aptly summed up the sorry affair: “I guess history may well look back upon this day as being the day when the very short, brief period of Irish independence actually ended.”
So what do EU politics and the Lisbon Treaty have to do with us on this side of the pond? Alas, everything. We’re all part of this burgeoning new order, and with a globalist of our own in the White House at the moment, America seems hell bent to pawn off whatever sovereignty she has left for a similar mess of globalist pottage.
As much as anything else, Ireland’s capitulation demonstrates the sheer tenacity of the EU. The Lisbon Treaty is essentially a repackaged version of the same EU Constitution which was rejected by the French and Dutch back in 2005. Unable to ramrod its Constitution through back then, the European Parliament essentially renamed it the “The Treaty of Lisbon” and kept at it ever since. They will continue to keep at it until every EU member-state votes the right way.
In order to vote the right way, Ireland ratified her own constitution; but in a few years there may not be much of an Irish Constitution left to ratify. Ireland will be as powerless to block encroachment from Brussels as Wyoming is against Washington.
Once the Lisbon Treaty is ratified by all EU member-states [which is now the case since after a long holdout the Czech president finally capitulated on November 3], all of Europe will be under the thumb of the European Parliament and its brand new President of Europe. The Treaty of Lisbon also makes the Charter of Fundamental Rights legally binding, something European pro-life groups believe spells doom to their cause.
As the Association of Catholic Lawyers in Ireland pointed out on the eve of the vote in Ireland:
Given that the Lisbon Treaty allows the newly formed Union many powers regarding the criminal laws of the member states, what stops the Union from abolishing our criminalization of those who seek to destroy or attack the Unborn Child? The onus in article 40.3.3 is on the Irish state, not the EU “state”. So, in recognizing article 40.3.3, the EU does not assume responsibility for the protection of the Unborn Child. It may no longer be “practicable” for the Irish state to “defend and vindicate that right” when it has handed over criminal legal powers to the EU. http://catholiclawyersblog.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/lisbon-treaty-supranationalizes-the-criminal-law/
Of course the European Parliament promises that member-state constitutions will remain autonomous, which might be reassuring were it not for the fact that it’s already demonstrably untrue. At the moment, in fact, the European Parliament is demanding a review of one EU member-state’s laws regarding parental rights. Lithuania does not necessarily possess the right to enact legislation protecting children from “minority sexual groups”. LifeNews.com explains:
“The EU is not supposed to have the power to review the domestic law of member states and this represents a new departure,” Pat Buckley, international spokesman for the UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said in a statement sent to LifeNews.com.
“The European Parliament has today voted to instruct its Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) to review a new law recently passed in Lithuania. The European Parliament has been spurred to this attempt to extend its sphere of influence by the Lithuanian Parliament’s move, which has not yet come into force, but which seeks to stop minority sexual groups seeking to influence children.”
So much for sovereignty in the EU! Piero A. Tozzi, J.D. of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CFAM) is concerned, as we all should be. Again, according to LifeNews.com:
“The resolution directs the Agency for Fundamental Rights to opine on whether the [Lithuanian] law contravenes European anti-discrimination standards. Any such opinion would be non-binding, though activists would likely use it to press for greater recognition of rights” such as abortion, he explained today.
“While the EU has ‘guaranteed’ that Ireland’s constitutional protection of unborn life would be unaffected by a ‘yes’ vote on Lisbon, the European Parliament’s action on Lithuania has fueled concerns among Irish euroskeptics that European institutions would seek to override the Republic’s domestic laws,” he said.
“Among other changes, the Lisbon Treaty would make the Charter of Fundamental Rights binding upon members. While silent on abortion, critics fear an activist European Court of Justice reading such a right into the charter,” he said.
No wonder the opponents of the Treaty of Lisbon argued that it will destroy national sovereignty by moving power away from national electorates and towards Brussels—the de facto capital of the European Union. This was already happening before the Irish ballots had even been counted.
One of Pope John Paul’s greatest disappointments in life was his well-documented failure to convince this same European Parliament to even mention the Christian roots of Europe in the EU Constitution. Several Socialist governments in Europe at the time were adamant that all references to the “Christian roots of Europe” must be excluded from the Constitution. But “Europe is very difficult to understand and evaluate without a Christian perspective,” pleaded the Holy Father, “the last century made strong efforts to exclude God and Christianity from all expressions of human life, and thus Christianity has now been confined to each person’s private life.” (Zenit files, Jan-Mar, 2002).
The Pope’s words fell on deaf ears, of course. Initially, he believed he could dialogue with the fanatical secularists of the EU. That proved to be a tragic mistake.
On March 13, 2002, a resolution entitled Women and Fundamentalism passed in the European Parliament even though it would essentially force the Catholic Church to ordain women. According to the resolution, the “European Parliament condemns the administrations of religious organizations and the leaders of extremist political movements who promote racial discrimination, xenophobia and the exclusion of women from leading positions in the political and religious hierarchy.”
Got that? The European Parliament—the very same body that browbeat poor Ireland into finally voting “yes” to the Lisbon Treaty—had already in 2002 condemned the Catholic Church for refusing to ordain women.
Little wonder that in the wake of Ireland’s “Yes” vote, an EU MP immediately called for compulsory “EU Education” in European schools to demonize opposition to the Lisbon Treaty. The education program for 14-year-olds will become mandatory in all member-states if Mario David, a Portuguese MEP, gets his way. According to Leigh Phillips (Oct. 15, 2009, Telegraph.eu.uk), David insists that:
“Knowing and understanding, from a young age, the principles, the procedures and the successful history of the European Union, the generations of tomorrow will be immune to any distortion of the perception of the role of the EU and will much better embrace the advantages of this unique project of voluntary sharing of sovereignty.”
He said the curriculum would initially include a series of five half-day seminars on the history of the union. It would cover the “Founding Fathers”, the different treaties, enlargement, EU functions, the role of the union in the world and “How the EU affects everyday lives”.
In other words, if you so much as question the “voluntary sharing of sovereignty” in Europe you’re certainly not a patriot, you’re in need of re-education, and you’re likely some sort of closet racist. For only racists, morons and Christians would have a problem with the new regime and its mandatory “shared sovereignty”. And they call Catholics fascist?
Regardless of how many phony assurances the European Parliament offers Ireland or any other member-state where the retaining of sovereignty is concerned, we Yanks know a little something about “states rights” and how long that shtick tends to last in the shadow of an all-powerful central government.
At the end of the day, a new international order is clearly being erected in Europe on foundation stones of institutionalized Christophobia, the eradication of national sovereignty, greed, abortion rights, gay rights, and unbridled sexual license.
Christian morality—the conscience of Europe—has been banished from the shores of Europe.
We can fool ourselves all day long into thinking the EU is just another free trade zone and that all of this has nothing to do with us, our sovereignty, or the global war on Christianity. If it helps you to sleep at night, go right ahead and drink that Kool-Aid. But when the North American Union appears on the horizon, the U.S. dollar disappears beneath it, Tony Blair is made President of Europe, and President Obama does his part by signing the Copenhagen Treaty and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—I suspect even many Americans will recall October 3, 2009 as the day of infamy when Ireland—the last real obstacle to the rise of Godless “utopia” in Europe—fell into the sea.
Now more than ever before traditional Catholics need to stand up and make their voices heard. We are not about mere liturgical preferences, nice-smelling incense, and snobbish attachments to all things Latin. We’re in the middle of the greatest clash of cultures and civilizations in history, and we must get serious about advancing the message that only the traditional Catholic restoration can slow construction on this new Tower of Babel.
False ecumenism be damned! The Kingship of Christ needs to be urgently proclaimed and by the highest authorities in the Church if there is to be any hope for a world obviously caught up in the iron grip of militant secularists hell bent on crucifying the Mystical Body of Christ. If we don’t stand up for God’s rights and ours as followers of Christ the King, we may not have the opportunity to do so again for a very long time. After all, what right to speak or worship can Christians expect to have in a Christophobic New World Order?