The Washington Times - February 11, 2012, 03:17PM

European Parliament Member Daniel Hannan told a gathering of conservative activists in Washington Saturday that the Obama administration’s “Europeanization” agenda has the U.S. “screeching toward the cliff” of socialism.

“I have been a member of the European Parliament for 12 years, I am living in your future — or at least the future toward which your present leaders seem intent on taking it,” he said at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday in Washington. “Believe me, my friend, you are not going to enjoy it.”


Mr. Hannan, a member of Britain’s Conservatives Party and an outspoken advocate for the decentralization of national governments, said President Obama’s aging of “European health care, European day care, European college eduction, European nuclear disarmament, European carbon taxes” is compromising Americans’ personal freedoms.

“We look up and what do we see in our rearview mirror? We see you trying to overtake us, accelerating frantically in a direction we have been going,” he said. “My friends, there is still time to turn aside.”

Mr. Hannan also warned that the United States — despite its more than two centuries of successes and its well-regarded Constitution — isn’t immune to a political breakdown.

“There’s nothing in the soil, there’s nothing in the water, there’s no law of nature that makes this country the way it is — it comes from the institutions,” he said. “Your founders understood this very clearly.”