Phyllis Schlafly

Americans don't need a fortuneteller to predict our future. We can see the future right before our eyes: Europe. And we don't like it.

Europe, whose economy we so generously subsidized with billions of dollars given by hardworking U.S. taxpayers and whose freedom we repeatedly defended with the blood of our young men, is now a disaster area, financially and culturally. Europe's decline is even beyond the U.S.'s capability to save -- again.

Europe's financial collapse is the result of extravagant deficit spending and the increased percentage of the population that has become dependent on government handouts. Some of their people have begun to believe that they are even entitled to these government handouts. Europe's cultural collapse is the result of allowing a tsunami of immigrants who would not assimilate into European civilization, would not obey the laws of their adopted country and stubbornly retained their loyalty to the customs of their native land.

The bad effects of those tragic decisions have been magnified by the mistake of relinquishing their national sovereignty to the European Union and by replacing their own currencies with the euro. The people can't be blamed; the European elite who presumed to be smarter than ordinary people made those decisions.

The march toward the global economy, aka the New World Order, is fundamentally anti-democratic. The chasm between the European elites leading the march and the 300- million-plus people who were not allowed to vote on joining the EU or adopting the euro was a scandalous offense against the democracy the elites claim to respect.

The EU paper-pushers in Brussels, with their own flag and anthem, have assumed full power over foreign relations, international agreements, the armed forces, and criminal and civil law, while the EU court in Luxembourg indulges in imaginative judicial activism to implement "the ever closer union of the peoples of Europe."

The plan originally sounded so rational, so much like helping history to unfold in an inexorable march toward what German Chancellor Helmut Kohl called the "irreversible" process of unifying Europe. On Dec. 9, the EU countries relinquished their last vestige of their sovereignty by agreeing to allow the European Court of Justice to strike down a member's laws if they violate fiscal discipline.

The question for Americans is: Are we going down the same dead-end road? America, too, has an elite that wants to take us down the yellow brick road of fake promises, such as free trade and a global economy administered by a wizard-behind-the-curtains in Geneva called the World Trade Organization.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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