Lost in the discussion of the goings-on in American politics is an astounding victory for those who will not be bullied into decisions, who believe that the will of the people is not always reflected in the will of the politicians, and who believe that the common man does understand more than he is given credit for. As the Irish vote on the Lisbon treaty resulted in a massive setback for European integration, one has to wonder if the ruling classes throughout the rest of Europe would face the same backlash if they were to open their ratifications to public vote. Sure the people voted for their representatives, but to presume that the Lisbon treaty as it is being presented was a campaign would be, well, presumptuous. As an aside, I am surprised that more countries did not open this to a vote. This isn't just a treaty, it is further consolidation of Europe. It has the power to fundamentally alter national institutions, something that everybody has a vested interest in. That Gordon Brown does not credit his people with the savvy to deserve input on this issue is disappointing. While I am pleased with the result (I think that the forced integration of so many nations runs the risk of homogenizing Europe, turning it into a Franco-German blend, crushing the many other nations that make Europe what it is), I am more pleased that the people have been given an opportunity to make their will known. I fear that parliament will try to force a constitutional amendment, but something tells me that it would be soundly defeated.