Love the fatuous imperiousness (below), typical of the comfy totalitarian tendencies of EU bureacrats who live to speak and think for us masses. From John Bruton, who is supposed to be EU ambassador to the US—but has any one of us he’s speaking for ever met the guy?
Americans I have met on both sides of the political aisle and in business and academic life are all baffled by the decision that the Irish electorate took--
Clearly, the ambassador should get out more.
--to reject the Lisbon Treaty, which was signed by the Irish Government on their behalf.
Well, gee, isn't that just magnanimous of the Irish government to sign a treaty on the electorate's behalf--without consulting them, even though a referendum on such treaties is required by Ireland's constitution (hence the pesky No vote).
[…] The entire mainstream of political, strategic and economic thinking - both in the Republican Party and in the Democratic Party - is strongly favourable to a strong European Union.
All of it? I'm sure most of this mainstream doesn't know much about it, frankly.
It's only on the extreme fringes of one of the parties - and very much on the fringe - that one would find any other opinion.
Americans I meet who would be very conservative, or very liberal, all are agreed that the European Union is a good thing--
Since where are conservatives and liberal "all agreed" about anythng?
--and that it's important for the stability of the United States and the stability of the world.
No, it's important for the stability (cash cow) of the EU.
So it would be a great mistake for people to think that any difficulty for the European Union is liable to be welcomed in the United States.
ERIN GO BRAGH
What is it they say--power corrupts, and the EU corrupts absolutely?