Constitution, with all its amendments, is 7,200 words long.
The EU Constitution, now formally known as the Lisbon Treaty, is
76,000. [. . .]
"The U.S. Constitution, in particular the Bill
Rights, is mainly about the liberty of the individual. The EU
Constitution is mainly about the power of the state.
Declaration of Independence, which foreshadowed the
constitutional statement, promises 'life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness.' The EU's equivalent, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and
Freedoms, guarantees its citizens the right to strike action, free
health care, and affordable housing. [. . .]
"The U.S. Constitution came into effect only following ratification by
specially convened assemblies in eleven of the member states, with the
remaining two, North Carolina and Rhode Island, falling into line soon
afterward. [. . .] In 2005, the [EU Constitution] was put to the vote
in two of EU's founding states, France and the Netherlands. Both
rejected it: by 54 percent and 62 percent respectively. [O]n June 12,
2008, Ireland voted on the text. Once again, it was rejected. And, once
again, the EU brushed aside the rejection and pushed ahead regardless.
[. . .]
"Where [the U.S. Constitution] was based on empowering the people and
controlling the state, the [EU Constitution] was based on empowering
the state and controlling the people. [. . .]
"The U.S. Constitution begins, 'We, the People . . .' The EU
Constitution, in the form of the amended European Treaties, begins,
'His Majesty the King of the Belgians . . .' [. . .]
"The EU is a depressing example of what the United States might turn
into: a federation that is prepared to sacrifice prosperity for the
sake of uniformity."
Copyright © — The New Road to Serfdom,
by Daniel Hannan, 2010.
Pages 41-45, 53.
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[Idea from You Don't Say, Fred Gielow]