How Dare German Patriots Offer The People Democracy!
Have a look at Deutsche Welle’s typically impartial, objective headline!
Germany’s rightwing AfD wants to jettison postwar safeguards
Note well, please, NOT change the law or amend the rules, but jettison safeguards.
Yet as it turns out, all that’s involved is a two-fold call by Alternative für Deutschland, the German patriot party, one concerned with removing some limits to executive powers and the other sensibly aiming to strip ‘criminal migrants’ of citizenship. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/11/germanys-rightwing-afd-wants-to-jettison-postwar-safeguards
So exactly what’s amiss with moves to revoke citizenship of “criminal migrants” who join terror groups or criminal gangs within 10 years of becoming German nationals?
Aaah, the left-lib scribblers breathlessly tell us, naughty AfD will act against undesirables even if this renders them stateless!
Big deal, who cares, I hear you say, as I do. But DW and its ideological clones are fretty, because the reform would not only break with the German constitution but also international law.
So the constitution is immutable?
It cannot be amended?
Was Germany’s Constitution even ratified by a vote of the German people?
No, it’s not.
Yes, it can.
No, the people never got to vote!
…although the amended Basic Law was finally to be approved in 1990 by the full Allied Powers (who thereby relinquished their continued reserved constitutional rights); neither in 1949 nor in 1990 was it submitted to a popular vote.
And ‘international law’ should over-ride the elected government of a nation state? Countries cannot withdraw from supranational conventions that they deem outdated or pernicious.
Hell, Canada withdrew from that Kyoto cr-p deal. so why on earth can’t German legislators decide what’s best for the people they represent…
…especially if the German people agree, in a free and fair referendum vote?
And what other frightful threats does the AfD pose?
….further pledges…a Swiss system of direct democracy, whereby citizens can propose plebiscites on changes to the constitution, and
“a vote along the British model on whether Germany should stay in the eurozone and, if need be, the EU.”–
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ANY OF THAT?
It’s fair to say the AfD won’t be forming a government after the elections. They’ve done well to advance so far so fast, but there’s a way to go before a parliamentary majority is attainable.
And in a echo of the Dutch in-crowd’s closing of ranks against the Freedom Party… …the bigger centrist parties have ruled out coalitions with the populist party.
However, the political establishment has betrayed the citizenry at least as badly in Germany as in the rest of the West.
Time will tell.
And empty scare headlines like DW’s will make no difference to the voting intentions of the people.
Indeed, the idea of being GIVEN a free and fair vote on issues of great importance may well boost AfD’s chances.