It's an opportunity to change the world. Why, for example, shouldn't it be possible for the Europeans to pull together, just as the 13 new American states did in 1787 for their constitutional convention? Then, too, the states were jostling for power and money. But, after a long struggle, they managed to constitute themselves, under the motto "We the People," into a powerful, democratic, federal state that has endured to this day.
The Americans enshrined "the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence. But is that any different than the European dream of peace, freedom and prosperity? Could the words "We the People," or "We Europeans," also be chiseled into the constitution of a European federal state one day?
It warmed my heart to see leading leftist Europeans invoking America's founding words and ideas as they struggle through their collapsing fiscal and political structures. Yes, of course, I understand that such a call for the "American model" is being used with the objective of reducing the power of the European nation states and forming a stronger, more centralized European government. And I am also cheerfully aware that — as I have long argued for — the several peoples of Europe are moving in exactly the opposite direction: They are increasingly demanding, and voting for, stronger nation states and less centralized European government and power.
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