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  • In the Green Room: British MEP Daniel Hannan on His Warning to America

    As a member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan has seen our future, and it isn’t pretty.

    The fiery British politician (and YouTube sensation) was at The Heritage Foundation last week to discuss his new book, “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America” and to sound the alarm to Americans of the creeping European-style socialism that is gaining ground among our government.

    Before his lecture, he sat down with us to discuss his warning to America and made clear that the core principles undergirding Western democracies are under siege:

    You don’t have to look to far to see how those ideals are lost. In Britain because of the European Union and the rise of the bureaucracy at home we are losing those fundamental principles we fought our civil war for. Taxes are being levied without popular consent, directives are being passed without Parliamentary control, and a similar thing is happening here. You’re behind us on this road, fortunately from your point of view, but government by decree, trampling on state’s rights, appointment of federal czars, shift in power from elected representatives to the unelected functionaries, you’re doing the same thing. And we’re losing something very precious which, once gone, we will miss.”

    But while Hannan’s warning was dire, it was not without some optimism. “The policies being pursued by this Administration all trend in that direction—European healthcare, European social security, European defense, European green taxes— but these things are reversible. … And from what I can tell looking at this country, you are doing something about it.”

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    5 Responses to In the Green Room: British MEP Daniel Hannan on His Warning to America

    1. Ohioan says:

      Everyone: Please read "Life at the Bottom" which chronicles the dire impact socialism has had on Britain. I don't remember the author's name, but he's a physician first, who wrote about the trials of fighting learned helplessness in the poorer parts of that country. Thank you Daniel Hannan for re-sounding the alarm.

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    3. Poole1Dan, Milford, says:

      Daniel Hannan is proof-positive that no person should have to be a naturalized American citizen in order to run for President.

      There are foreigners who love America and would die for the ideals and values that made America the most prosperous nation on earth (individualism, limited government, free markets, etc), and there are native-born Americans who harbor evil intentions in their hearts and who would turn this nation into a totalitarian wasteland just as suredly as the Muslim terrorists.

      The later group of Americans are known as progressives. They run jihadist organizations such as Media Matters, the Center for American Progress, and Moveon.org. They must be CRUSHED.

    4. Ric Farrah says:

      European Union is on those in Europe who laid down for it. A North American Union is on George Bush and the CFR. The question is, will Constitutional Conservatives in America lay down and take it in the same fashion as Europeans? But for a few socialist elites, the EU is a failure. Why would Americans tolerate a NAU? I believe the line should be drawn and begin the "open" debate; Euro socialism for America or a return to the Constitutional Republic.

    5. Bruce Corigliano says:

      I hope your observation that we are doing something to reverse America's decline is accurate. I'm not optimistic.

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