No - really... Our prime minister, mister J.P. Balkenende, finds adversaries of the European constitutional law "not telling the truth". Generally, I could not care less with what this 'Potter of the lowlands' has to say, but there's something about this.
Wasn't he the guy, that actually opened the door for Turkey to enter the European Union? That country, where you'll punished when you state that the (young) Turkish state committed genocide? That should be part of a European Union where you'll get punished when you state there was no genocide in Germany during the second world war?
Believe me, I'm all in favor of the European Union - I envision a United Europe, just like the United States. But not with all the nitpicking rules and regulations, with all the exceptions to the rule, because some politician promised something to his mommy, or whatever reason.
So, I'll vote against the European constitution as it is now.
I mean, just look at it: 3 parts, counting 349, 382, and 121 pages. On the download link , there's a warning: printing the PDF has the following disadvantages: there will be 349 pages coming out of your printer.
What's wrong with "all people are created equal"? No - our representatives are the only ones, that do not carry their first names, just initials. And their credentials, as well. So, obviously, the dutch representatives are more equal than others.
Let's not forget, that The Netherlands took part in the birth of the european state: at first -right after WWII-, there was the BeNeLux, then the EGKS (1955?), the EG, and now the EU.
So, what did we get from the European Union so far?
- We got the Euro (€), as a result, all prices went up and the money is just awful to see.
- We got European rules and regulations. As results:
* The Netherlands are still paying (far too) much to the European Union, and not getting enough from it.
* We loose the right to create gourmet stuff, like 'rauwmelkse kaas' - non sterilized cheese. The French and English have great trouble with these regulations, too, as traditional products (not just cheese!) are about to disappear. Germans probably have to drop their 'Reinheidsgebot' on beer (a very sensible rule, describing what can be in beer).
* Every local market is still protected: look at the European currency! We (the Dutch) had one of the most beautiful paper bills in the world. Colourful, very friendly for visually disabled people, and hard to forge. Now look what we got. Easy to forge paper money, because every back-yard printing shop should have the chance to print the local currency.
I could go on, but there's some other work to do.