Monday, May 30, 2005

France rejects the Constitution

The French obviously don't know the meaning of "responsibility" - or they just don't want to have any of it. When they're given the chance they reject it. Why it doesn't surprise me that a poll conducted by "Telegraph" indicates that other Europeans don't view the French very positively? They're widely seen as arrogant and self-centered. Ever wondered why their English is so bad? They won't start studying it at school until they turn 11 - and even then they go for it for only two hours a week (according to Time's "Letters"). They're in love with their
culture and their past - for the right reasons? Okay let's not generalize too much - about 42% (pretty early estimate) of the French did vote "yes" - so thanks for that at least.

A few months back I considered Bill O'Reilly to be an idiot for calling people to boycott French products - but now I understand him perfectly. First the French rejected the opportunity to participate in taking down Saddam's regime (not that they were the only ones to do that - they just did it more fiercely than anyone else) and therefore they rejected the US. Now they have rejected us - the Europeans. Many Europeans will remain oblivious to what happened today - they're way too much bothered with their self-centered lives. If voting "yes" doesn't show in their salary they will not understand the meaning of "yes".

Partly the blame goes to Chirac. Some people voted "non" to the Constitution as a vote against Chirac. If you have a chance to get your hands on last week's issue of "Newsweek" I suggest you do so. It analyzes Chirac's political career pretty well and states that the Constitution might have succeeded if Chirac had promised to the people that he will resign if they vote "oui".

But the bottom line remains that this is exactly why we have a system of "representative democracy".We - the common folks - are too bothered with our self-centered lives and we're too lazy to find out about things. That's why we vote for other people to find out about these things and vote for us. People don't know enough about important issues to vote for them - they vote for someone who knows. Here we see once again how perfectly stupid the majority of all people are and how democracy can fail when it's misused.

Then why should You vote for the EU Constitution? You should do so in order to preserve. We should all take a look back at the last sixty years and see how much we have achieved. We should clearly see how the direction we have chosen is ten times more vital than any direction we used to have before the Second World War. If you want to preserve this way of life and this direction you should vote for a bright future within a strong, democratic, peaceful and prosperous EU. But what will the ordinary and ignorant self-centered European do? He/She will take a look at the numbers in his salary and will vote for himself (or that's what he thinks) instead of voting for the future.,2933,158030,00.html



Anonymous LAW said...

Get lost with European Union. This crap was created for money... Poor politics :)

May 31, 2005 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a sad, strange little man.

June 01, 2005 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Geoffrey said...

Mikko, you're talking out of your ass on this one, and what is up with 'we'. Better stick to dissing countries the people that read your blog know nothing about, that might make it more believable.

June 03, 2005 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Geoffry but...

[quote]But what will the ordinary and ignorant self-centered European do? He/She will take a look at the numbers in his salary and will vote for himself (or that's what he thinks) instead of voting for the future.[/quote]

Mikko hit the nail right on the head here. I don't agree with his view on frenchmen but it's absolutely true that a lot of people voted "no" (in Holland too) for the wrong reasons. I mean, you've seen the posters of "partij voor de dieren" over here? Or what about the campaign of Geert Wilders?

I rest my case....


June 05, 2005 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true that alot of campaigns were utter shit and they bothered me ( 'yes is a yes to bullfighting, etc' ) and there were alot of wrong ways for voting that people used. But like said by Wouter Bos, peope just don't believe in these big steps Europe is taking, so they're just trying to find ways to turn their back on them. That's NOT lazy, NOT stupid, NOT unthankful and whatever Mikko might write in this blog. It's just the way people are and thinking that you're better than them won't get anyone anywhere. There's no nail on the head hitting here.

June 05, 2005 5:04 PM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

I could (should?) have been a bit nicer with my generalizations concerning the French but the thing is that I was so damn pissed off at the whole thing. They do deserve some bashing - not maybe the way I did it but at least it sends my kind of a message. By turning their backs on the EU they turned their backs on me, you and your country.

June 06, 2005 2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about any Dutch bashing now that they voted NO?

June 08, 2005 1:44 PM  
Blogger Finnpundit said...

Europe actually was not responsible for the accomplishments of the last 60 years. All of that was done thanks to the security umbrella and open markets provided by the United States.

June 09, 2005 2:44 AM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

Without a doubt - however when it was under that umbrella Europe chose the right direction and is today doing fine.

June 13, 2005 8:05 PM  

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