Paul  Weyrich

Many Americans took heart in 1940 when the British gamely battled Germany. Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill addressed his nation on June 4 and vowed: "Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail." France was engaged in the fight at that time, but its leaders lacked the determination never to surrender as demonstrated by Churchill. Within weeks France would agree to an armistice with Nazi Germany. Churchill meant it when he promised that Great Britain would fight to the end to avoid being ruled by an alien power and, despite the dark days to come when the Luftwaffe bombed Britain, the British withstood their German foe.

Britain and other European nations once again may be waging a fight to retain their sovereignty from a European power with expansive designs of power. The b?te noiré is not an armed, aggressive state but a supranational body that promotes Politically Correct ideology in its attempt to subdue the sovereignty of European nations. The agenda of the European Commission ("EC"), the body charged with "represent[ing] the European interest common to all Member States of the Union," may sound attractive but thank heavens there are at least some British politicians who realize the true implications of what is sought.

Anthony Browne of THE LONDON TIMES reported on November 24, 2005, "The European Commission listed seven offences that it insisted should become European crimes immediately, including computer hacking, corporate fraud, people-trafficking and marine pollution. The ruling means that for the first time in legal history, a British government and Parliament will no longer have the sovereign right to decide what constitutes a crime and what the punishment should be." Possible future crimes include racial discrimination and intellectual property theft.

By all means every crime listed above indeed should be matters of serious concern of our country and of other countries. (The racial discrimination issue would be a crime were it to involve the government but it is less clear were it to involve individuals.) The question is where the power should reside to determine what is unlawfulness and to assess penalties.

The European Court of Justice issued a ruling in September on environmental law. The decision, as explained in a news release issued by the Court, held:


Paul Weyrich

Paul M. Weyrich is the late Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Research and Education Foundation.
 
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