Not one to shy away from making the big statement, U2 frontman Bono has waded into the EU debate and warned U.S. politicians that if Britain votes to cut ties with the EU on June 23, the results would be “unthinkable.”
The Daily Express reports that Bono pleaded with members of congress to confront an “existential threat” which faces the whole of Europe.
Bono claimed that such a threat has not faced Europe since the dark days of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, and America “should be very nervous about it.”
Bono called Britain’s potential departure from the EU as “unthinkable stuff” and claims the continent faces a wave of “hyper-nationalism.”
Such grand and empty rhetoric from a former tax-dodger is all well and good, but let’s be honest, Bono’s scaremongering about leaving the EU is just the lament of another frightened multi-millionaire that the European party may soon be coming to an end.
David Cameron’s government has spent £10 million of taxpayers’ money on sending pro-Brussels leaflets to households in the U.K. That such a propaganda blitz can happen in a so-called democratic country would make Hitler’s propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, a proud man.
But then again, just like Bono, Cameron and his cronies are very rich men and don’t live in the same Britain that millions of others call home.
Supporters of the EU are fond of sneering “Little Englander” at anyone who might happen to believe that spending £13 billion a year to keep their “rulers” in Brussels happy might not be such a good idea.
The EU’s main driving force is profit and power, and it dances to whatever tune the multi-nationals who use it as an effective tool for globalization require.
With one hand, it preaches austerity, and in the other, it counts all the money it has made from the untold damage it has done to the economies of member states. The EU brands anyone who dares question its authority as “xenophobic,” as it leads once-independent countries on a merry dance towards its end game of creating a centralized superstate.
The former European Commission president José Manuel Barroso said in 2007, “I like to compare the EU as a creation to the organization of empire. We have the dimension of empire.”
It’s a very Darth Vader-like thing to say, but then depending on who you talk to, the EU does have more than a little of the Emperor’s evil empire about it.
A U.S. military intelligence report written in November of 1944 details a secret meeting at the Maison Rouge Hotel in Strasbourg on August 10, 1944, where various Nazi officials and German industrialists from Volkswagen, Krupp, and Messerschmitt planned for Germany’s post-war recovery and the creation of the Fourth Reich.
The meeting in the exact same city where the European Parliament and European Court of Human Rights would be later based, might just have laid the groundwork for the EU, explains author Adam Lebor.
“The Third Reich was defeated militarily, but powerful Nazi-era bankers, industrialists and civil servants, reborn as democrats, soon prospered in the new West Germany. There they worked for a new cause: European economic and political integration.
“Is it possible that the Fourth Reich those Nazi industrialists foresaw has, in some part at least, come to pass?”
Lebor adds that a German economist named Ludwig Erhard, who had written a lengthy manuscript on the transition to a post-war economy after Germany’s defeat, wondered how German industry could expand its reach across the shattered European continent?
“The answer was through super-nationalism – the voluntary surrender of national sovereignty to an international body.
“Germany and France were the drivers behind the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the precursor to the European Union. The ECSC was the first supranational organisation, established in April 1951 by six European states. It created a common market for coal and steel which it regulated. This set a vital precedent for the steady erosion of national sovereignty, a process that continues today.”
Joseph Goebbels once said, “In 50 years’ time nobody will think of nation states.” And however sweet the government propaganda and Bono’s empty gestures may be, such a world is exactly the end destination of the EU.
The only “existential crisis” Europe faces is the EU itself. Being anti-EU is not about being anti-Europe, it is about being pro-Europe and fighting for the very diversity that makes the continent unique.
Political power in the hands of the masses was the war cry of the European Enlightenment. Not centralization in the hands of an unaccountable technocratic elite.
Yet there are careers to protect and promote, fortunes to be made, and nations to be diminished, and half of all U.K. laws are now made in Brussels by the aloof and the wealthy.
In between their worship of Mammon and mock-liberal protests, Bono, Cameron, and all the other greed heads look down from the balconies of their mansions and sneer at the peasants who dare question the validity of the EU.
For example, former Tory Minister Iain Duncan Smith, the man responsible for slashing income support to Britain’s poor, lives on an estate owned by his wife’s family which has received £1.5million in taxpayers’ money from the European Union.
How? Because of European Union subsidies dished out to wealthy landowners.
In theory, farm subsidies from the EU are there to help out struggling farmers trying desperately to make ends meet.
In reality they are a blatant transfer of funds from the poor to the rich because they are doled out by the hectare. Which entails the more land you own or rent, the more money you receive.
The Guardian reports that, “Thanks in large part to subsidies, the value of farmland in the UK has tripled in 10 years.”
“When our government says ‘we must help the farmers’, it means ‘we must help the 0.1′”. Most of the land here is owned by exceedingly wealthy people. Some of them are millionaires from elsewhere: sheikhs, oligarchs and mining magnates who own vast estates in this country.
“Although they might pay no taxes in the U.K., they receive millions in farm subsidies. They are the world’s most successful benefit tourists. Yet, amid the manufactured terror of immigrants living off British welfare payments, we scarcely hear a word said against them.
“The current structure of farm subsidies epitomizes the British government’s defining project: capitalism for the poor and socialism for the rich.”
Now ask yourself, why does a wealthy man like Bono feel it would be “unthinkable” to leave the EU?
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair argued that the people should not be given the chance to vote in an EU referendum because, in effect, we could not be trusted to make the “sensible choice.”
And that tells you pretty much all you need to know about the EU.
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