We are learning a lot from Europe these days, especially how not to govern a modern democratic nation. Unsustainable social-welfare spending, multiculturalism instead of assimilation for immigrants, and ever-decreasing defense budgets all demonstrate that the path Europe has been following is not the model for a government by the people. And most significantly, we learn that Europe’s defense budgets will continue to decrease unless there is a dramatic rearrangement of priorities among its peoples. The NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, recently warned that “the budget decreases across the continent could have dire consequences: If the cuts are too deep, we won’t be able to defend the security on which our democratic societies and prosperous economies depend. We risk a Europe increasingly adrift from the United States”.Americans still tend to write more politely about Europe than vice-versa, but their underlying contempt is beginning to wear through the veneer of good manners. Of course Europe is not a model for government by the people: it is explicitly a model for the unrestrained government of an unelected and unaccountable bureaucratic oligarchy.
Europe is now ruled by the form of government that once supplied the palpable continental enemy against which it was necessary to maintain a military deterrent. Now that, thanks to American power, no such immediate threat looms, the Euro-oligarchy's sole priority is to perpetuate its hold on power. Only war could break that hold, therefore the means of war must be abolished.
So it is that the linked article misses the point when it states, "elected officials cannot spend unlimited sums on social-welfare and entitlement programs and expect to maintain a functioning democracy, much less a vibrant economy". But unelected officials can, because they are insulated from the consequences of their policies.
Europe is not an illustration of the dangers of people-pleasing democracy: it is an object lesson in what happens when peoples surrender their autonomy. Those who sacrifice freedom on the altar of collective security end up with neither.