Of lies and tyranny
First, the lies. EU Commissar Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in Macedonia (though he thinks he is in a country called “Skopje”) the other week, launched a new EU campaign “We believe in You. We invest in You, EU for You.” Big lie there and this should be an easy one: if the EU truly believed in the citizens of Macedonia they would start, first and foremost, by calling Macedonia, well, Macedonia. It’s a stretch to say “I believe in you, though I will not acknowledge your name, the name you call yourself.” It really beggars belief that the EU would tell such a bald-faced lie, but, then again, it is the EU. The same goes for “We invest in You.” First of all, any EU money spent in Macedonia first came from other EU taxpayers. Governments do not invest, they merely spend other people’s money. As Grover Norquist, a long time champion of tax reform in America says “Government creates wealth in the same way that a tick creates blood.” The EU doesn’t invest: it merely redistributes wealth, something that socialists are skilled at. And finally, if the EU is for You, then why doesn’t it stand up to Greece, a bankrupt country, financially and morally, and tell them to bugger off? Because the EU is not for You.
Next, the tyranny. On that same visit Hahn met with the opposition in Macedonia, VMRO-DPMNE and essentially demanded from them that their “support is required” for national interests, meaning EU membership. Now, two points on this: first, happily for Hahn, VMRO-DPMNE has, since 1991, supported Macedonia’s membership in the EU and NATO, calling for membership in both organizations long before SDSM, the successor to the Communist Party, ever did. That support has never wavered or changed. It is historical fact. So, in this case, VMRO-DPMNE does support Macedonia’s national interest, membership in the EU. Second, it is up to the people of Macedonia to determine what Macedonia’s “national interests” are, not Hahn, nor anyone else. Who is he — an unelected, unaccountable bureaucrat — to tell Macedonia and her people what they can, and cannot do? Isn’t that the point of a parliamentary Republic — to have elected — and accountable — members of parliament who make these decisions? Or is this a tyranny?
Similarly, Zoran Zaev said the same thing stating, and regarding the so-called “good neighborly agreement” with Bulgaria that the opposition should support it. In this particular case the opposition — representing hundreds of thousands of Macedonians — has some major objections to the treaty which they have thoughtfully argued — it’s not that they are against it for the sake of being against it. They have legitimate reasons. That’s the proper role of an opposition — if an opposition agrees with everything the government does then it is not an opposition. It’s a rubber stamp. Over on Kale, Commissar Baily does the exact same thing more often than not.
Can you imagine these people telling the Republican Party in March of 2010 that “they had better support President Obama’s health care plan” because it is in the “national interest?” Every single Republican (then in the opposition) voted against it. Obamacare — as it came to be known — has since proven an unmitigated disaster. The Republicans voted against it for good reasons — proving to be the loyal opposition (loyal to the people and to the country). And yet people like Hahn, Zaev, and Baily would condemn the Republicans for a vote against a bad policy.
This is tyranny which is what many of the world’s global governance crowd wants for the West — and the world. English author, poet and philosopher G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936) said that “…if the State were supreme everywhere, it might easily become a tyrant, as it has been again and again” and also “Where the State is the source of it all, it cannot be the source of opposition to itself.” Is that what Hahn, Zaev and Baily want, a state that has no opposition, a state where the opposition is the State?
The next tyranny which the global governance crowd (to include the current government of Macedonia) will be forcing on Macedonia’s citizens, is the tyranny of their worldview devoid from any moral thought or belief. Chesterton again reminds us “A moral standard must remain the same or it is not a moral standard” and Christopher Dawson (1889–1970), British scholar and historian tells us that “A culture is a very fragile thing, and the delicate balance of its social structure is overthrown as soon as its spiritual limits are broken and its individual members lose their faith in the validity and efficiency of its moral order.” The current government of Macedonia looks to completely upset and overturn Macedonia’s traditional culture but in doing so might end up overthrowing all of Macedonia and remaking it in the image of something and someone else. I need not elaborate on this point.