A moral question lingers for both Americans and Europeans, 30 years after the Ruby Ridge incident: do we as citizens have the right to isolate ourselves and effectively secede from the rest of society? If we try to do so, does the government have the right to intervene and force us back under its jurisdiction?
The ECJ handed down the much-anticipated ruling on denying EU countries EU money. Significantly, the pronouncement was broadcast live in Hungarian and Polish, indicating how ground-breaking ruling is considered. The court denied all of Poland and Hungary’s grievances, but the fight over rule of law has just truly begun.
The Court of Justice declared that member countries are “free to decide whether or not to allow marriage and parenthood for persons of the same sex under their national law.” But the Court ruled that Bulgaria had to recognize the child’s Spanish birth certificate and issue an ID.
Scholz met with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in an attempt to establish better relations between the two nations that have been increasingly at odds over issues ranging from energy policy to rule of law.
96.5% of the votes cast in the referendum were in favor of remaining as a French territory, rejecting independence. President Emmanuel Macron responded: “France is more beautiful because New Caledonia has decided to stay.”
Twice, the question had been put to Kanaks and French people living on the island. And twice, the result was clear-cut in favour of remaining in France. But that is not enough, and those in favour of independence want to force people to vote again to achieve their goal.
The EU puts little faith in the people of Europe; it prefers to oversee national policies—all for the common good, it argues—and to preach progressive values. It is a self-absorbed and overbearing organisation, drowning in red tape, one that costs billions to taxpayers across the continent.
When Pope Francis visited Hungary recently, he couldn’t leave fast enough. But the Hungarian Prime Minister used the occasion to remind the Pontiff that the defense of national borders is neither unprecedented nor “immature.”
It’s time for something different. It’s time we were more courageous and firmer on matters of principle—like the dignity of human life, like national sovereignty, like sexual morality. It’s time we stood our ground without flinching. Perhaps then we will finally see some real change—and help save what remains of our civilization.