France rejects the Constitution
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.