In writing this blog the only thing that really concerns me is the concept of being regarded as on the margin by associaton.
I dont want to be associated with parties I do not vote for because of my opposition to the Treaty.
I consider an undemocratic attempt to push through a treaty I do not believe and certainly have not been convinced as being good for the EU.
I am an independent voter. I have friends, relatives, neighbors and colleges who I admire and like, who I respect, from right across the European political spectrum.
If the politicians have any respect for their electorates or democracy then this has to stop.
As an independent I have canvassed and normally voted for the Labor Party in Ireland.
In the next local elections I will vote Fianna Gael, possibly continue to vote Labor at National level and in the past I have voted for Fianna Fail.
All the main Irish parties are in favor of the treaty/constitution, is this out of conviction, fear or inadequacy? If it is out of conviction, why did they fail to convince the 93.1% of voters who in 2007 put them in office to accept the treaty/constitution?
Maybe its peer pressure, wanting to impress their bigger political partners on the mainland?
Or is it simply the politicians belief this is too big a decision for the regular voter to make themselves? This is something I don’t know.
The main problem for me right now is no major party represents my views on Europe. I thought that this is what being in opposition meant, to at least offer an alternative.
The only group I can find with a broad base of support, across the political spectrum are called The Peoples Movement - more about them and other alternatives as I find out more.
We should be able to disagree without being disagreeable, and should not the democratic opinion of the Irish electorate be accepted if we are part of a comunity of nations?
In my opposition to the Lisbon treaty, I worry that I might be associated with Sinn Fein, I am not, but they are the only party in the Dail objecting to the Lisbon Treaty.
But then again, the Turks have a saying that I really like – that a broken clock is right twice a day.
In my opposition to Lisbon, I might be associated with Libertas – a grouping who have no seats in the Irish Parliament, no council seats or any representation in the European Parliament are also being promoted as the main opposition to Lisbon.
To be blunt Libertas scares the crap out of me, a Pan European party with a mandate which is specifically anti European, nothing about Ireland. They are closer to UKIP than they are to the Irish political scene. Are we going to end up a laughing stock with a party in the EU parliament but no national representation? I don’t want to support a party with no national mandate. They don’t even have a .ie website for gods sake, yet the Irish media expect me to take them as the only opposition to the treaty. That is a failing by the Irish media in my opinion.
They are in rhetoric closer to parties who I would not naturally be inclined to vote for like UKIP or the US Republican party than they are to the Irish political scene.
I admire many aspects of conservative political thought – self reliance and personal responsibility, the importance of a stable family unit, and for true conservatives like Lincoln the importance of civil liberties and a less intrusive government.
The Libertas.eu site trumpets an alliance with a German Party – the AUF, who I cannot find on wikipedia, but whose German website gives me the impression they are quite conservative, for a Christian God, Work, and the environment.
I understand that many aspects of our traditions, morals and laws come from a religious background – but I am politically secular. Personal faith is a separate issue. But I really believe that mixing religion and politics always seems to be a bad idea.
That has been especially true when the leaders were unelected.
Europeans in particular, with the history of the continent, should understand that.
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