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We all know that the general mass of people, the crowd, is not politically aware and knows little, if not nothing, of policy-making. How is it then justifiable to let people who are not politically sensitive to take political decisions? Politics is for politicians.

No offense intended, but this is quite elitist.  Who are you to judge the knowledge of the people?  Does the average Frenchman not know what is good for him?  There's an old saying in America politics: "Everyone is an idiot during an election year."  No.  Everyone is simply treated like an idiot during an election year.  They're not given an alternative.  People are smarter than they're given credit for, and it's time to recognize that.

Politicians serve the people who have elected them, and they can be thrown out, so you can't be surprised by the fact that they listen to public opinion.  That's how they keep their jobs.  Sometimes the outcomes are wrong, in my opinion, but it's better than the alternative.

Unfortunately, the public is, more often than not, poorly informed, politically speaking, and cannot therefore make an educated decision.

You think politicians make educated decisions?  Isn't the entire point of this diary to show that they don't?  I think you'll find that politicians know very little about making smart policy.  (I've spoken with many politicians, at the federal and state levels here in America.  They often know no more about smart policy than I know about performing heart surgery.)  They pander to the people who have elected them -- whether business, labor, or other groups.  They pretend as though they're well-informed, but, in fact, they know no more than the average person in many, and perhaps most, cases.

I'm completely in agreement that Bulgaria and Romania should be granted accession based solely on an objective analysis of reforms.  But the fact that Bulgaria has made great strides by Bulgarian standards is irrelevant.  If a country wants to join the EU, it has got to meet the EU's standards.

You're right that older member break the rules, too, but two wrongs don't make a right, and to say that they do will only weaken the union's chances of success.

I can't say whether I would support a delay or not, because I don't know enough about these reforms and their progress.  And, frankly, it's none of my business, since I don't live in Europe and this doesn't (yet) affect me.  But I think you've got to rethink your views on policy-makers and voters.

The French and the Dutch want to have a say, because it's their future, too.  The best Bulgaria and Romania can do is meet all of the criteria.  When they do, there will be no room for debate.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Feb 20th, 2006 at 02:53:48 PM EST

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