Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Europe's Jefferson Airplane

Mark Steyn is probably the most loved/hated columnist among bloggers. I usually find him amusing even though he frequently overreaches. Today he's right on the money describing the disdain that some of Europe's leaders have for "the people". Jean-Claude Juncker's 'the people of France and Holland didn't really vote NO to the constitutional treaty' is the low-hanging fruit for Eurosceptic columnists, but I prefer Steyn's description of d'Estaing, who described the work of the convention he led as comparable to the work of the founding fathers of the United states.
"It is not possible for anyone to understand the full text," declared Valery Giscard d'Estaing. "Europe's Jefferson" has apparently become Europe's Jefferson Airplane, boasting about the impenetrability of his hallucinogenic lyrics. The point is the French and Dutch shouldn't have read beyond the opening sentence: "We the people agree to leave it to you the people who know better than the people."