We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We have mentioned here many times that the EU was designed to evolve into a modern Holy Roman Empire, or maybe just a modern Roman Empire, or a thousand-year reich, or something. I thought imperialism was supposed to be a bad thing nowadays.
The process is moving always towards imperial government, making very clear that the opposite of nationhood is not Enlightenment but Empire. And only one thing stands opposed to this result, and that is the national sentiments of the European people.
I think I represent the Maggie's view when I advocate for decentralization of power. Nationalism doesn't "cause" wars any more than guns kill people. People cause wars. Furthermore, I think that the US over the past 160 years has "evolved" into a sort of empire of states, albeit a representative one (as is the hapless EU). Compare state and local power in 1850 compared to today. Centralized institutions aggregate power the way the sun aggregated planets. They always want more money, control, and power, and there's always a rationalization for it. We're supposed to think they mean well, but they are watching out for their careers, their pensions, and their egos.
The people I respect most are those who want no power or control over anyone or anything other than their own destiny. Exceptions: one's kids and one's livelihood.
A very interesting development when you think about the major changes happening south of them. If a new Muslim-based empire is built over the next generation, then a European Empire might also re-emerge. There's nothing like a good enemy to unify the people.
Yes, they are nations first. Why do you think they all have separate languages? Had there been any innate tendency for them to coalesce as one entiry by anything other than brute force, it would already have happened. The EU is a marxist wet dream, managed by unelected officials, and was doomed from the start.