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For the long-term successful development of an organisation, experience and new ideas are needed. That is why Christina (Executive Board - development of regional groups) and Sandro (Executive Board and management of the office) are running again - together with Agnès (interim head of Romandie and regional head of Geneva) and further reinforcement of active regional group leaders as well as competent and experienced staff from German and French-speaking Switzerland.
For and with our association we want to...
Our list includes 9 people who are standing for election and for Constitutional Friends as your new board:
As a freelancer, I have worked with entrepreneurs for years and know the challenges they face every day. I was a founding member of an international association of entrepreneurs in French-speaking Switzerland and the first woman to lead a group of this association in Geneva. Out of love for Switzerland, for its citizens, for democracy and for future generations, I cannot remain idle. That's why in 2020 I decided to get involved with the Friends of the Constitution, where I worked alongside our co-president Werner Boxler for a year. I want to preserve the Swiss values we inherited from our ancestors and regain our freedoms as described in our Constitution in order to prepare a good future for our children.
As a horse trainer I know that you can lead in two ways: through fear and anxiety or through respect. However, positive leadership in the long run can only come about through appreciation. Unfortunately, Switzerland has been permanently put in fear by politics and the media - we have to end this state of affairs!
Since the beginning of the Covid crisis, I have worked to defend our political model and our individual freedoms. For two years, I held the post of president of the MSLC (Mouvement Suisse pour la Liberté Citoyenne). This function gave me the opportunity to organise numerous actions and events in French-speaking Switzerland. I was also a member of the French-speaking Switzerland referendum committee against the Covid II law. In this function, I worked to ensure the smooth running of the referendum against the health certificate. Today, I want to fully commit myself to the Friends of the Constitution to preserve our rights, our freedoms and our precious Constitution.
I stand for optimal conditions for children and young people to grow up in Switzerland. Development of potential and diversity in education, art and culture.
As a family man and entrepreneur, the future of our country and also of our society is very close to my heart. Freedom, personal responsibility, independence and self-determination must be promoted. Our Federal Constitution, including Pärambel, must be given greater weight than our existing laws. The whole Covid policy has upset many things. Our values must be consolidated and cared for. Thanks to you, political influence could be exerted. That is why I would like to get involved with the FdV. For me, the prerequisite is a team that complements each other and moves forward together. Each with his or her own talents. For the good of our country.
It is important to live the change you want to see in the world! When the separation of powers no longer functions properly, the surveillance of citizens increases and the wide-reaching media is almost synchronised, something is needed primarily: a decisive and peaceful intervention of civil society to secure fundamental rights.
The constitution of a country should be the basis for peaceful coexistence and a future worth living. Especially in times like today, when it is clear that singular and economic interests take precedence over human rights and where many political decisions are either arbitrary or not about what is given, fundamental rights are more important than ever. This is what I want to stand up for with the Friends of the Constitution.
I want to live in a free, open society in which processes of truth-finding are not disturbed but, on the contrary, encouraged. I want open-ended, fair debates about all relevant issues in our society. I want to fight against the "truth mainstream" of our leading media, which increasingly puts people to sleep. Our institutions have become unreliable. We, the friends of the constitution, are needed as a corrective.
Our representatives are handing over more and more competences upwards, to the Federal Council. They exercise their control function over the government less and less. As a result of this concentration of power, we have lost essential parts of our fundamental rights. This is not acceptable to me.
The last two years have shown us that the previous social structures are not suitable to cope with the challenges of our time. Certificate-based exclusions of people from the worlds of education, work and leisure led to the building of new, open, just, developmental structures designed from the grassroots up. The Friends of the Constitution are a strong, important partner in this reshaping. I intend to continue to promote this development through networking and project work.
I stand for a free, self-determined Switzerland that is worth living in.
If the election is in favour of our list, we would be extremely happy to continue on the path of the Friends of the Constitution with the people of the previous advisory board. If we are elected, we will ask the previous advisory board about this.
In addition, the following people have already assured us of their support on the advisory board if we were elected:
We believe that with the people from the previous advisory board, supplemented by Marion, Heidi and Timon, we have a broad-based team to accompany the Friends of the Constitution into the future.
A lot has happened since the idea on the Rütli. We founded the association "Friends of the Constitution", got off to a flying start and are now on a solid footing with around 26,000 members. We have learned a lot in the past months and gained valuable experience. We want to use this knowledge to continue shaping the future of our country. A mere return to the time "before Corona" is not an option for us.
Many miraculous things have happened since 2020:
Strengthened by these new insights, we continue to campaign for an open, fair society in which all people have the same rights and in which a self-determined life and respect for fundamental rights are a matter of course.
In order to define the next goals of our association, we need a realistic analysis of the starting position. We made an assessment of the "state of the nation" in the context of our team candidacy. We illuminated future social problem areas and drew from them what we considered to be a meaningful role for the Friends of the Constitution. We elaborate on the resulting goals in the Goals section.
An important vote at the end. Our team of 9, which we hope will soon be allowed to lead the fortunes of our association, sees itself as an "enabler" for the association members and the regional groups. On the one hand we ensure the administration and on the other hand we enable the decentralised implementation of the common goals. We want to use synergies and opportunities of our broad-based association for national actions, but also leave a lot of room for manoeuvre and decision-making competence in the regions.
We are your team!
Our foundation is the Charter and Mission Statement of the Friends of the Constitution.
Based on this, we have developed three thematic areas for defined our activities.
1. help shape policy
2. strengthen and network the association base
3. develop a publicity effect / influence public opinion
The conditions under which political decisions are made have changed greatly in recent years. The established political landscape hardly reflects this development. At the latest with the "Corona" event, for example, the distinction between "left" and "right" became obsolete. The contours between private/public, national/international are becoming increasingly blurred. The separation between the legislative/executive/judicial branches, which is essential for a democracy, is hardly recognisable in many cases. In many countries, the population experienced how the executive proclaimed a permanent state of emergency under the pretext of "Corona" and practically over night disempowered the legislative and judicial power. The media, as the so-called fourth power in the state, rushed to the aid of the governments, not only by reporting completely uncritically, but also by categorically ignoring opposing opinions and defaming their representatives with baseless accusations.
This synchronisation of opinions is an extremely worrying development. Politics, science and the economy should act according to their own guidelines and independently of each other. But this division of competences was undermined by the "Corona" event. Politics, science and business not only entered into cooperative ventures, but united in actual complicity. For their "decisions", the politicians picked out those scientists whose "truth" fitted into their picture, and they provided the economy with a secure purchase market for a product ("vaccine") that would otherwise never have received approval.
Of course, this complicity had been emerging for a long time in the course of globalisation, driven by organisations such as the WEF and the WHO. They praised the cooperation of politics, science and business as profitable and sold it to the world as inevitable. The darker side of the coin became abundantly clear with "Corona" at the latest. This disastrous cooperation is indeed profitable, namely for individual corporations, and something was also sold, namely our fundamental rights of freedom.
These institutional developments are accompanied by technological developments, first and foremost the Digitisation. Here, too, there is a shadow side that has received little attention so far: the pressure to conform that this creates. All processes in the digital world run according to uniform patterns. Goods and services are available according to the same schemes at the push of a button. Everything is comparable with everything else at all times. In addition, digitalisation is fuelling a development that makes it possible to record all areas of life statistically and biologically and thus to be able to control them.
Society was manipulated with mass psychological means under the pretext of "Corona". Elements such as propaganda, censorship, moralising, division, exclusions, scapegoating or hate speech have not only hindered free, rational dialogue, but in many places made it impossible. As a result, the collective consciousness has now shifted to such an extent that measures that would have been considered unacceptable a short time ago have successively become a frightening normality.
From a historical-philosophical perspective, structural similarities with dark eras of contemporary history can be identified. In her analysis "Elements and Origins of Total Rule", Hannah Arendt names the levelling of as many existing meaning-giving structures as possible as the necessary precondition for producing a homogeneous, arbitrarily mouldable and available "mass": "The specific selflessness of mass man appeared here as an addiction to anonymity, to pure functioning, to blending into a so-called greater whole - in other words, to any transformation that might help to erase one's own inauthentic identity with certain roles and prescribed functions in society." (p. 707f.)
Arendt's observation on the dissolution of the working class under Stalin is also striking (keyword: vaccination card). This process "had reached its end in 1938, when the introduction of the work book, without which no worker could work or travel or obtain food in Russia and in which all the details of his occupation were recorded, transformed the entire working class into a gigantic forced labour force, from which all freedoms had been collectively withdrawn." (Elements and Origins of Total Rule, p. 691)
The parallels to today are frightening. Influential supranational organisations use their power with threatening consistency, governments hardly act in the interest of the population any more.
More than ever, determined civil society engagement is needed to uphold fundamental and human rights. There is much to do!
Unsurprisingly, further "crises" are already looming on the political horizon: climate, scarcity of resources, cyber attacks, collapse of the financial markets, further "pandemics".
Corona" showed us which instruments for "crisis management" we can expect in the future: Lockdowns, curfews, bans on demonstrations, contact tracing, access regulations via certificates - all means with which crowds are controlled and which, at least for Western democracies, are new or have been tested for the first time on a global scale. Despite individual "special paths", the uniformity is remarkable. The fact that this is being done in the name of a "good", in this case ostensibly health, should not reassure us, but on the contrary should put us on high alert. Every totalitarian regime from the far left to the far right has invoked some "good" in its time.
Thus, should the "Corona" event become the paradigm, the focus will no longer be on targeted crisis management (such as expanding hospital capacities). Instead, the temptation is great to impose a general state of emergency, which will be prolonged again and again under changing pretexts and finally become the normal state. The rights of individuals guaranteed in the constitution are thus unhinged. This is particularly objectionable when the arguments put forward are not comprehensible. Be it because the danger situation can be assessed differently with well-founded arguments, or be it because information about it is selected or even manipulated.
This was also clearly evident in the course of "Corona": the strong tendency towards cancel culture. Voices that do not conform to the government's narrative have been and continue to be excluded by the mass media with frightening uniformity. Yet the very "criteria" that supposedly justify such exclusion should be discussed comprehensively and with the inclusion of all perspectives.
The high point of this development so far is the censorship of vaccine-sceptic contributions on Youtube and other large platforms. Who is afraid of what here and why? What is not to be brought to the table? Scepticism is not an anti-scientific attitude, but a prerequisite for a science worthy of the name. It is particularly noteworthy that dogmatic attitudes, up to and including advocacy of the use of batons and coercive detention, come primarily from circles that used to see themselves in the role of the minority and opposition to the state.
If we want to counter all these highly problematic developments, we need social support and sustainable communities of like-minded people!
ID 2020 - The global digital identity
Under the name ID2020, based in New York and developed at the WEF in Davos, an alliance of the largest global players has come together to use blockchain technology and the collection of biometric data to give every (!) person worldwide a digital identity. This is already being used in travel between Canada and the Netherlands under the name KTDI (Known Traveller Digital Identity). All existing data of a person are recorded in this ID and run together in the background: Travel history, vaccination status, bank account statement, credit status, etc. After the facial check, the barrier at the airport then opens - or maybe not!
Bangladesh served as a test bed for linking vaccination with ID2020. There, the ID was given to millions of people via a vaccination campaign. According to Dakota Gruener, executive director of ID2020, vaccination is also "a unique opportunity" today to capture the digital identity of billions of people.
The Friends of the Constitution are a force to be taken seriously in Swiss political life. They launch and support petitions, referendums and campaigns. The Covid law, the anti-terror law (PMT), the initiative "Stop compulsory vaccination", the referendum on the "media law", the referendum on the "contradiction solution for organ donations", the "cash initiative" show the direction in which our country is currently heading. The population is increasingly being patronised and monitored.
We Friends of the Constitution focus our attention on the obvious complicity between politics, business and the media and expose the usurpation of power by elites that are in no way democratically legitimised. We need an antithesis to the world view of the powerful who want to deprive people of their right to exist as empathetic, self-determined and social individual beings and see them merely as biological mass beings. We do not need utopian "resets", blanket medical assaults and elitist control fantasies.
We want a return to what makes states stable and strong: a society of independent and sovereign individuals with a liberal and democratic constitution. The Friends of the Constitution are the new force working for this and consistently standing up for the observance of fundamental constitutional rights.