However, I find that I get really worked up about the stupid reasons people voted against the EU treaty -- even though I try to remain calm, cool and collected. I just can't believe that someone who has been ranting about the EU software patents debacle for as long as it's been on the EU agenda, voted against the treaty, smugly saying to himself: "Well, that will teach them!"
No stupid, it'll teach you -- because you just made sure that the European Parliament will not get the powers it would need to strike the guideline from the books. If he had bothered to do his homework, he would have read that the PvdA and GroenLinks actually advised to vote in favor of the treaty precisely because of this issue. The SP, whose propaganda is as suspect as that of the government parties, has nothing more to object than 'not much will change'.
"But," he objects, "it's no use anyway, because the European Comission will do what it wants anyway! But now they have to listen to us!"
No stupid, nowhere did it say that, if the treaty was voted down, a new treaty will be put forth. In fact, I deem this highly unlikely, because 95% of the treaty is already in place -- and the population of the Netherlands and France have given a signal that drafting legislation like this is a waste of everybody's time.
Also, how can you first believe that the EC will do as it damn well pleases, and then believe that they suddenly, magically, will listen to your inidividual concerns because you voted against the treaty? Rather, you have given them a mandate to continue along the course they are on now, doing damn well as they please.
I just can't understand how someone can fool themselves in such a big way, believing that they just made a rational choice. And idiots like that put my job on the line.
Also, today's Fokke & Sukke is highly amusing. Don't believe one second that any less bulls will be subjected to a bullfight by voting down the treaty.
Democracy is like programming. Everyone who has ever done any sort of serious programming knows that moment when frustration takes over, when you have been staring at the same problem over and over and over again, and you just can't get it to work. Novices are tempted to throw their hands in the air and cry out: "Why doesn't the computer just do what I want!?"
Computers do what you say, not what you want -- unless you say what you want. Democracy is like that too: you get what you say you want, not what you really want. The majority of the Dutch people have voted against renewing and modernising the European Union, thereby ensuring that things will go along as they have done for the last couple of years. And, in most cases, that was the very reason they voted against the treaty...
I am tempted to shout that all stupid and cynical people should drag their sorry carcasses out of my bright future, but that would only serve to antagonise and make me look like a sore loser. And I don't want to be a sore loser: democracy means that you don't always have it your way -- and that's probably good.
This, too, shall pass.