I know I’m posting this a little early since the voting doesn’t start until Saturday Friday. But I’m already sick of Lisbon II. I’m not sure what annoys me most, the lies from both sides of the debate or the blatant disregard for what the treaty really means to those who are about to vote.
At this stage, it looks like the Yes vote is going to get the thumbs up from Ireland. What’s strikingly different about this campaign and the last is that people voting Yes because they are afraid of what will happen if we vote No. Last time around it was that they didn’t understand what it was about.
This change is obviously due to the fact that we are in the midst of the worst recession most of us have ever seen. People are searching for that element of security that even our own elected government can’t give us. The fear of not knowing what is around the corner, is driving most people to take what they feel is the safest bet.
Everyone knows Europe has been good to Ireland and everyone wants to be a part of that. The reality is that in a small country like ours, you would be mad not to want to be part of it. Most people I’ve talked to seem to think that a No vote is a No to being involved in Europe, which clearly isn’t the case.
If the Yes vote wins through on Friday – it will be a really sad day for democracy. We’ll never get the chance to Vote on anything as significant as this again and all because we were greedy, ignorant and lazy. So greedy that we felt the only way to line our pockets with cash again would be to vote yes. So ignorant towards what is in the actual treaty to vote Yes and so lazy to take the time out to actually see how the treaty will affect us in the future.
A simple look at how much of a difference our No vote made the last time round is just a sign of what is to come. When we ratify this treaty, they won’t have to ask us what we think again, they can just go ahead and do whatever the hell they like. The voice of the people will not be heard when it comes to Europe making decisions that could affect all of our lives.
Is that what you call democracy?
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