Richard North, 04/07/2004  

Let us, on this day, July 4, recall some of the sonorous words of the American Declaration of Independence, words that neither the Laeken Declaration, nor the Preamble to the draft EU Constitution can rival, no matter how much former President Giscard d’Estaing postures:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
I leave it to all our readers to decide whether those words are applicable to us or not.

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