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The Greek Tragedy: You Asked For It, Brothers!

March 12, 2010

Today, a specter is haunting Europe, the specter of Margaret Thatcher.

The people in Greece asked for it. They elected and trusted socialist/Marxist politicians who betrayed them and sold the nation’s

This woman fought against the socialists in Britain. She was ridiculed, character assassinated by the Liberals and socialists who were simply good at propaganda and myth-making.

This woman fought against the socialists in Britain. She was ridiculed, character assassinated by the Liberals and socialists who were simply good at propaganda and myth-making.

sovereignty to the globalist European Union. If only people in Europe listened to Britain’s former PM Margaret Thatcher, the ongoing economic crisis and political farce in Europe today would have not happened. As expected, the first to fall is the most hardcore communist country of all the member states of EU. The state with least freedom and least respect for individual rights and with the highest degree of economic controls and regulations is Greece.

Today, a specter is haunting Europe, the specter of Margaret Thatcher.

When she was still the combative Prime Minister of Great Britain, Lady Thatcher fought against the European Monetary Union and the European Union proposal as a whole. A visionary leader, Thatcher strongly opposed a European integration.

“What we should grasp, however, from the lessons of European history is that, first, there is nothing necessarily benevolent about programmes of European integration; second, the desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom; and third, European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy,” said Thatcher.

In her Bruges speech on September 20, 1988, Mrs. Thatcher warned the European leaders that the proposal to crush nationhood in favor of continental integration was a highly dangerous idea. “To try to suppress nationhood and concentrate power at the centre of a European conglomerate would be highly damaging and would jeopardise the objectives we seek to achieve,” she said.

Here’s part of Mrs. Thatcher’s eloquent and prescient speech:

Europe will be stronger precisely because it has France as France, Spain as Spain, Britain as Britain, each with its own customs, traditions and identity. It would be folly to try to fit them into some sort of identikit European personality.

Some of the founding fathers of the Community thought that the United States of America might be its model.

But the whole history of America is quite different from Europe. People went there to get away from the intolerance and constraints of life in Europe. They sought liberty and opportunity; and their strong sense of purpose has, over two centuries, helped to create a new unity and pride in being American, just as our pride lies in being British or Belgian or Dutch or German.

I am the first to say that on many great issues the countries of Europe should try to speak with a single voice. I want to see us work more closely on the things we can do better together than alone. Europe is stronger when we do so, whether it be in trade, in defence or in our relations with the rest of the world.

But working more closely together does not require power to be centralised in Brussels or decisions to be taken by an appointed bureaucracy. Indeed, it is ironic that just when those countries such as the Soviet Union, which have tried to run everything from the centre, are learning that success depends on dispersing power and decisions away from the centre, there are some in the Community who seem to want to move in the opposite direction.

…  My second guiding principle is this: Community policies must tackle present problems in a practical way, however difficult that may be.

If we cannot reform those Community policies which are patently wrong or ineffective and which are rightly causing public disquiet, then we shall not get the public support for the Community’s future development. And that is why the achievements of the European Council in Brussels last February are so important.

… Tackling these problems requires political courage. The Community will only damage itself in the eyes of its own people and the outside world if that courage is lacking.

…  My third guiding principle is the need for Community policies which encourage enterprise.

If Europe is to flourish and create the jobs of the future, enterprise is the key. The basic framework is there: the Treaty of Rome itself was intended as a Charter for Economic Liberty.

But that it is not how it has always been read, still less applied. The lesson of the economic history of Europe in the 70’s and 80’s is that central planning and detailed control do not work and that personal endeavour and initiative do. That a State-controlled economy is a recipe for low growth and that free enterprise within a framework of law brings better results.

The aim of a Europe open to enterprise is the moving force behind the creation of the Single European Market in 1992. By getting rid of barriers, by making it possible for companies to operate on a European scale, we can best compete with the United States, Japan and other new economic powers emerging in Asia and elsewhere.

And that means action to free markets, action to widen choice, action to reduce government intervention.

Our aim should not be more and more detailed regulation from the centre: it should be to deregulate and to remove the constraints on trade.

…  My fourth guiding principle is that Europe should not be protectionist.

The expansion of the world economy requires us to continue the process of removing barriers to trade, and to do so in the multilateral negotiations in the GATT. It would be a betrayal if, while breaking down constraints on trade within Europe, the Community were to erect greater external protection.

We must ensure that our approach to world trade is consistent with the liberalisation we preach at home. We have a responsibility to give a lead on this, a responsibility which is particularly directed towards the less developed countries.

…  My last guiding principle concerns the most fundamental issue – the European countries’ role in defence.

Europe must continue to maintain a sure defence through NATO. There can be no question of relaxing our efforts, even though it means taking difficult decisions and meeting heavy costs. It is to NATO that we owe the peace that has been maintained over 40 years.

The fact is things are going our way: the democratic model of a free enterprise society has proved itself superior; freedom is on the offensive, a peaceful offensive the world over, for the first time in my life-time.

We must strive to maintain the United States’ commitment to Europe’s defence. And that means recognising the burden on their resources of the world role they undertake and their point that their allies should bear the full part of the defence of freedom, particularly as Europe grows wealthier. Increasingly, they will look to Europe to play a part in out-of-area defence, as we have recently done in the Gulf.

Now this is the most important part of her speech:

Let Europe be a family of nations, understanding each other better, appreciating each other more, doing more together but relishing our national identity no less than our common European endeavour.

Let us have a Europe which plays its full part in the wider world, which looks outward not inward, and which preserves that Atlantic community – that Europe on both sides of the Atlantic – which is our noblest inheritance and our greatest strength.

But five years after Mrs. Thatcher’s ominous warning, the globalists, liberals, socialists and Marxists in Europe went on to

Evil system begets evil results.

Evil system begets evil results.

establish the European Union by virtue of he Treaty of Maastricht on 1 November 1993. As a result of this continental integration, the EU established its own currency, Euro, and developed a single market through a standardized system of laws which apply in all members states. The Union also maintains common policies on trade, regional development, and agriculture fisheries.

To qualify as members of the European Monetary Union, countries must fulfill the following criteria, which was released in 2007:

  • Government deficit and debts must be no more than 3 per cent and 60 per cent of gross domestic product respectively;
  • Inflation rates and long-term interest rates be within 1.5 percentage points and 2 percentage points of the average of the three countries with lowest inflation;
  • The currency has stayed within the Exchange Rate Mechanism bands for two years.

Now it turned out that Socialist Greece’s budget deficit is 12.5 percent, way above the allowable 3 percent government deficit. Now who’s to blame for this ongoing economic crisis in Greece?

Consider this: In October 2009, the people in Greece gave the Greek Socialist Party Pasok an overwhelming victory in a national election. After garnering 160 out of 300 seats in the Greek legislature, Pasok’s top candidate George Papandreou became the socialist country’s Prime Pinister. A few days later, the new government announced that the budget deficit would be at least 12.5 percent of GDP, double what the previous conservative government had predicted.

So what do you expect when the socialist thugs take over? It was found out that the socialist government of Greece tampered with public finance data. In just a very short period of time, the socialists drove the country’s economy into the ground, forcing economic crisis that affected the whole of Europe.

Now consider this news article that details what is going on in Greece. This news article states that at least 60,000 young Greeks take to streets to protest against their socialist government. Here’s part of the story:

Street clashes broke out between rioting youths and police in central Athens today as tens of thousands demonstrated during a nationwide strike against the cash-strapped government.

Hundreds of masked and hooded youths punched and kicked motorcycle police, knocking several off their bikes, as police responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades.

The violence spread after the end of the march to a nearby square, where police faced off with stone-throwing anarchists and suffocating clouds of tear gas sent patrons scurrying from open-air cafes.

Police say 16 suspected rioters were detained and two officers were injured.

Rioters used sledge hammers to smash the glass fronts of more than a dozen shops, banks, jewelers and a cinema.

Youths also set fire to rubbish bins and a car, smashed bus stops, and chopped blocks off marble balustrades and building facades to use as projectiles.

Organisers said some 60,000 people took part in the protest. But an unofficial police estimate set the crowd at around 20,000 – including those that took part in a separate, peaceful march earlier Thursday. Police do not issue official crowd estimates for demonstrations.

Thursday’s strike – the second in a week – brought the country to a virtual standstill, grounding all flights and bringing public transport to a halt.

State hospitals were left with emergency staff only and all news broadcasts were suspended as workers walked off the job for 24 hours to protest spending cuts and tax hikes designed to tackle the country’s debt crisis.

Riot police made heavy use of tear gas during the start-and-stop clashes throughout the demonstration, including outside Parliament.

Strikers and protesters banged drums and chanted slogans such as ‘no sacrifice for plutocracy,’ and ‘real jobs, higher pay.’

People draped banners from apartment buildings reading: ‘No more sacrifices, war against war.

The demonstrators included hundreds of black-clad anarchists in crash helmets and ski masks, who repeatedly taunted and attacked riot police with stones and petrol bombs, at one point spraying officers with brown paint.

Greece insists it doesn’t need a bailout, and its European partners are reluctant to fund one.

The labour unrest could spark fears that the government will have trouble in implementing its new measures.

The Grecian economic tragedy simply tells us that socialism is evil, and that the only moral economic system is laissez faire capitalism.

Photos below show that the crisis primarily caused by the European Union and the socialist government of Greece isn’t over yet.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 12, 2010 3:38

    Its been a long time coming.

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