So, it was all for nothing. All the pain, bloodshed and sacrifice has gone for naught. The Rebellion of 1878, the Young Irelanders, the 1919 War of Independence, Sunday, bloody Sunday, the bombings in Belfast, the assassination of Lord Mountbatten, last year’s “No” vote and every other aspect of the long and bitter struggle for Irish independence was to no purpose. On Oct. 3, 2009, the voters of the Republic of Ireland threw away their hard-won sovereignty out of fear, naiveté and greed for nothing more than the deceitful promises of the Eurocrats.

Only 15 months ago, the Irish rejected the Lisbon Treaty, which establishes the European Union as a sovereign, constitutional, supra-national political state, by a respectable majority of 53 percent to 47 percent in a national referendum. Since the European Union is less democratic than National Socialist Germany, where Adolf Hitler at least gave the German people the opportunity to express their will on important matters in four separate plebiscites between 1934 and 1938, the referendum yesterday will likely be the last time the Irish will be permitted to do so. In Europe’s imperial bureaucracy, the masses are only allowed to vote until they have turned over sufficient power to the unelected European Commission to preclude any need for further voting.

This is not to say that Europeans will not be permitted to cast ballots for their national and European parliaments, of course. The superficial form of representative democracy will be preserved to deceive the former electorate into believing that the substance remains.

How were the Eurocrats able to turn around the vote so quickly, with 20 percent of voters changing their “No” vote to “Yes”? What could possibly have changed since June 2008? The answer, of course, is the Irish economy. Prior to the global economic meltdown, Ireland had enjoyed one of the biggest investment booms on the planet; housing prices tripled between 2000 and 2006. This investment boom was mostly the result of the usual expansion of bank credit, but subsidies from the European Union played a significant role in overstimulating the Irish economy as well. Since 1973, Ireland has received between 3 and 4 percent of its GDP every year in European subsidies. The equivalent, in U.S. terms, would be annually pumping an additional $494 billion into the economy.

As any Austrian economist could predict, and as those paying attention to Ireland did, the powerful boom was inevitably followed by a crash of similarly impressive proportions. It’s far from over, of course, but in 2009 unemployment has risen 7.5 percent, GNP has fallen 12.4 percent, and its budget deficit has increased to 9.6 percent of GDP, the worst in Europe. This result was to send the newly prosperous people of Ireland into a panic … and straight into the jaws of the very European bureaucrats and central bankers who created the problem in the first place.

It seems that 453 years of British rule wasn’t enough, so after less than a century of independence, the Irish people have now elected to be ruled from Brussels. Irish-Americans, next St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget that the colors of Ireland are no longer emerald green, but blue and yellow.

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