Lawrence Auster, commenting upon the heartening news that opposition to the EU's Treaty of Lisbon, itself merely a repackaging of the constitution rejected by the French and Dutch, is surging in advance of the Irish referendum, observes of the conservative establishment:
I've said this before but I have to say it again. Could there be anything more despicable than American "conservatives" who constantly bleat about FREEDOM, saying that FREEDOM is the greatest thing in the world, that FREEDOM is what America is all about, that we must constantly be on guard to defend FREEDOM, that we must have mass non-Europen immigration to show our belief in FREEDOM, and that we must spread FREEDOM everywhere, even to alien peoples completely unsuited for it, yet who have remained STONE COLD SILENT about the onset of a totalitarian superstate in the cradle of our own civilization?
While there have been occasional voices of opposition to the European Project, and that in most of the mainstream organs of conservatism, it cannot be gainsaid that political conservatism, in deference to the political and foreign policy establishments of the country, within which elite conclaves support for the EU is regarded as akin to support for the Voting Rights Act or something similar, has simply gone along to get along. Much could be said about the reasons for this, but I prefer, at this time, to be oblique: the European Union stands as an invincible proof that economic and political inefficiency are indispensable prerequisites to the survival, not merely of traditions of liberty in the West, but of our broader civilization itself.