I wondered why the Finnish flag was flying today, and lo and behold, in the center of city of Jyväskylä, there was a blue tent decked out in yellow stars, with young people (Eurooppalainen Keski-Suomi ry) pushing EU info pamphlets along with gimmicks to try and get the people ‘excited’ about the EU.
Oh, and please do read: The MSM catches on (h/t: Fjordman)
I had a chance to talk with this girl, who was actually holding a sign that read, “draw yourself, and possibly win a 100 Euros”. She was pretty much clueless about much of the goings on inside the halls of that statist bureaucracy in Brussels, but soon a fellow (who later told me he worked as a intern in Brussels for two years) came to her rescue.
It was interesting, but not surprising to see how little they actually did know, especially the guy who took up chatting with me later on. The fact that the overwhelming percentage of laws passed yearly by the Finnish parliament (75%) originates in Brussels, or that we have no way of knowing any of the un-elected lobbyists and others who sit on these working committees that introduce legislation to the commissions, nor of any conflict of interests they may have, did not faze these true believers.
Nor did they flinch (I did see a twitch however) when I spoke of how can we influence German, French, Italian and any other country’s politicians who remain unanswerable to the Finnish voter, though we are at the receiving end of their politics? Silence. I believe they call it “crickets chirping”. Nor could they answer the fact that the EU spends well over the amount of what national governments are allowed, in promoting itself. Saying it plain, the EU could never qualify as a state to join the EU.
I spoke of governing philosophies, the centralizing of power away from national and local governments, and the grossly incompetent government and the financial mess made by these masterminds who run it, deals spun behind the closed doors and ramrodded down the throats of the people who are in the end, forced to foot the bill. The very same geniuses and masterminds that got the EU into fiscal hot water, are then expected to get us out, right? Crickets chirping.
I brought up the EU constitution, and that it’s a statist document through and through, how could he hope for safe guarding of the individual, civil liberties and property rights, if that very document is built on lies and deciet? He then mentioned the EU’s constitution having been approved by all of the states, even Ireland’s, but flinched when I reminded him that the EU forced the Irish to vote, and to vote again, till they came to the “right conclusion” , intimidation tactics by the EU elite are very ruthless, just ask Vaclav Klaus.
At any rate, we shook hands before I left, but one thing was for certain, the ears gathered around listening to the discourse were hearing something for the very first time. It was to them I was talking to, not the true believers.