What that “anti minarets” initiative & referendum were really about

That state wide initiative and referendum were not about building minarets or mosques, they could not have been. Simply because building permits are communal matters.

They were, in their “ban on minarets” clothes, nothing more, nothing less than “caressing” Mr Blocher and his party. Which 30.7% of voters did.*)

As to those building permits, here specifically of mosques and minarets, which nobody can forbid, it is – really and precisely – about relations of a believers’ community with that of the citizens, the citizens themselves, who decide quite a lot of things.

*) 57.5% valid votes, with voters’ participation of 53.4% on this ballot, makes 57.5% x 53.4% = 30.7%, one of the fourth quarter’s voting topics, in the weeks ending Nov 29, 09


O čem bylo hlasování “proti minaretům”

Nebylo o stavbě mešit, nemohlo být. Neboť stavební povolení jsou věcí komunální, česky obecní.

Šlo, a sice v rouše “zákazu minaretů”, o nic víc nic míň než “pohlazení” partaje pana Blochera. Kterou tak, na úrovni Spolku, pohladilo 30,7% voličů.*)

A u těch stavebních povoleních, zde konkrétně mešit, které nikdo zakázat nemůže, jde o to, jak ta která obec věřících s tou obcí občanů, občany samými, vychází.

*) 57,5% platných hlasů, při účasti 53,4% na tomto hlasovacím lístku, 57,5% x 53,4% = 30,7%, jedno z témat hlasování čvrtého kvartálu, v týdnech končících 29.11.09

Klaus fears to lose sovereignty, Czechs say

nanofjórbyznys.cz – 22 Apr ’04

One week before the Czech Republic joins the European Union, Václav Klaus, also known as The Great euSkeptic, said that May 1 will spell the end of His Sovereignty. “In a few days, Our Majesty will cease to exist as an Independent and Sovereign Entity,” he wrote in an opinion piece published Thursday in the daily MF Dnes under the title “Let Us not lose Ourselves in the Union.”

While recognizing positive aspects, i.e. new money flowing in(to his and other cronies pockets), of the accession of ten mainly former communist countries to the current group of fifteen next week, he said that enlargement posed an “important risk” for the emerging twentyfive-strong European Union. Klaus warned in particular of “a too hasty de-communisation process … which does not sufficiently take into account economic status, geographic situation and national particularities of the Sovereign Majesties of Central and Eastern Europe.”

He said tensions could arise among EU members over a “majestic deficit in EU decision-making – in other words, insensitive decision-making by civil servants who are elected by no one.” A new competition to all those non-elected priviledged in Postsoviet satellites – the CEE Honorary Majesties, Cronies, Looters and Robbers.

The Czech Monarch urged: “Let Us do all We can to avoid losing Ourselves in the EU, so that the age-old work of our Honorary Majesties, Cronies, Looters and Robbers does not get diluted. The Monarchs of the East are the only Legitimate Force, and Vladimir Putin, Boris Yeltzin and Leonid Brezhnew our Great Prophets.”

However, some Czech sources report that Klaus is fearing competition of Brussel’s bureaucracy, he feels inferior to.

related articles: Czech Vaclav Klaus fears to lose sovereignty, cease to exist in the EU, April ’04 and beyond, EUbusiness et al.

Free Europeans, don’t leave yourselves alone!

European Citizens’ Convention and Constitution

Free Europeans, don’t leave yourselves alone!

EU Convention should be made permanent and together with the EU Constitution put under citizens’ sovereignty

Once upon a time, as I grew up in Switzerland (Europe), my second home, I too began to participate in approving of changes to our Federal Constitution. Nothing extraordinary, one of the most natural, almost everyday – perhaps slightly boring – things. One of our political rights as citizens. Initiating amendments to the Federal Constitution is another one of these our political rights, each of us, the Swiss, naturally has.

We, the citizens, are called the Sovereign – as written in our Constitution – and so must approve of every such amendment. If we wish, we initiate changes to our Constitution – to put things into it as we see them, as we please to see them. Our representatives’ task is to make these our wishes, when accepted by the majority of voters in one of the federal referendums, into working laws. Of course, they may propose their amendments, which we, the citizens, approve – or not, as we wish.

As all this keeps on going since some generations, our Constitution became a patchwork. A patchwork which I like, as all living things, that by their nature are like that – living, chaotic, and everyone’s thing. On the contrary tombstones, intended to be firm, don’t live, they just dissipate, their intended firmness becoming an illusion.

Yet other, more educated, people, our representatives, politicians, and lawyers, did not like this chaotic patchwork of bumpery text and made a revised version of it. For the second time since 1848. To be elegant, and to be read smoothly. Discussed widely by interested public, and in both chambers of the Federal Parliament. Naturally, we the simple citizens had the last say in the revision, approved it in one of the obligatory binding referendums, and now go on amending this streamlined version – turning it into a patchwork again.

And so we live on happily, wondering why the citizens of Europe don’t have these – most natural – rights and why on earth are they deprived of such a – most natural – participation in their very things. And wondering, why the EU Constitution has been brewed up by a handful of men, watched doing so in a Convention theatre by an audience of a selected couple of hundred. Passing on the presidential paper onto fifteen heads of states to approve it after their summer holidays. For – instead of – the millions of citizens.

Amazing middle ages, to our simple Swiss ears, eyes and minds. Since a couple of generations, we do have our initiatives and referendums – our citizens’ Convention – and are Sovereign also to our Constitution. In this our permanent citizens’ Convention we keep on initiating changes to it and approving of all changes to it. So our kids will do, and their kids, and their kids, and so on.

Free Europeans, do you want to leave the Swiss alone in enjoying the most natural political rights? No? So, dear co-Europeans: Why don’t you demand that the EU Convention be made permanent and together with the EU Constitution put under your, citizens’, sovereignty.

You too are free and responsible citizens, aren’t you? Free Europeans, get your – natural – rights!

Free Europeans, don’t leave yourselves alone!

Vladimir Rott
Zurich / Prague, Europe
26 August 2003

released in August 2003 through NDDIE Network for Direct Democracy in Europe – you may find some of it’s people at • citizens-initiative.eu • democracy-international.org • democratie.nu • mehr-demokratie.de (you may contact and/or join in the working circle mehr-demokratie.de/ak_europa.html) • meerdemocratie.nl • referendumplatform.nl • sdnl.nl/wit-view.htm (WIT)…

available as pdf download (300kb) at: vjrott.com/eccc-call-2003-en-nl-cs.pdf – in Englisch, Dutch/Flemish and Czech