Restoration of the free and democratic constitutional order
Out of love for the German people and the desire to make the Federal Republic of Germany capable of taking action and fit for the future, the renewal of the state system in all areas of the legislative, executive and judicial branches is indispensable.
The theses and the party programme are born of the conviction, and in the spirit, of the Basic Law, Article 1, which places prime importance on the human dignity of every individual and makes the protection of people an obligation for all state authority. Influenced by the Second World War, the Federal Republic of Germany has also committed to making a core contribution to peace and justice in the world.
Sovereignty is a characteristic of the German people. All state power emanates from the German people. The elected bodies implement the mandate of the German people that is characterised by Article 20(2) of the Basic Law. The mandate of each elected representative is therefore based exclusively on the guiding principle that the interests of the institution granting the mandate are to be represented and that elected representatives are not to pursue their own interests or singular interests from the business world.
Article 20(4) of the Basic Law stipulates that anyone who undertakes to abolish this order automatically includes a call to all Germans to seek redress. If this is not be possible, the Constitution also provides for the right to resist. This is exactly what is prompting me to stand up and speak out publicly for the first time.
According to the author, creeping and constant changes in the state system have created a system which allows power to be exercised, without exception, no longer by constitutionally designated bodies but by economic lobbying associations which have established themselves in the corridors of the ministries and in and around the offices of the Members of Parliament.
Whereas in Bonn, the lobbying associations were required to enter the ministry from outside in order to influence the political decision-making process, since the move to Berlin this has taken place invisibly behind closed doors as influential associations were allowed to participate directly in all decision-making processes there. However, no one has elected them and no institution granting a mandate wanted such influence to occur in this manner.
As a result, bills are no longer introduced from the centre of parliament and presented independent of considerations of the interests of German and international business, but instead influence is first exerted behind closed doors. Since the corona pandemic, exerting influence has become even clearer and easier because parliamentary debate has been abolished and lobbying associations from the ministries (federal and state) can directly govern with regulations.
Legislative texts are no longer written by parliament, nor does the legislature determine their content. Instead, for years now, it has been the business lobby associations behind them, which nobody sees, nobody knows, nobody has elected, but which still maintain their offices in all ministerial corridors.
How are laws made today?
A draft law is sent out by the Ministry as a mailing list through the lobbying associations and the representatives of economic interests influence the decision-making process by writing their own versions in indented paragraphs under the draft law. This is called a legislative text with indented paragraphs. The authors of the indented paragraphs are not revealed. There is then a codified version on the basis of which it is no longer possible to identify which interest group has contributed to which amendment of the legislative text. Since only such bills or packages of bills written by large law firms on behalf of big industry will enter parliament, the absurd result is that those who are destined by the constitution to wrestle with the best wording and content in the parliamentary debate will receive bills that have already been predetermined from outside and pre-determined in committees together with the lobbying associations, which parliament will have to nod through (pressure from the parliamentary group and pressure from the tables).
Therefore, the actual sovereign of the German state is the German and international economy. It makes no difference therefore which party is elected because the result always remains the same regardless of the outcome of the election. It is more or less the unity party, the Federal Republic of Germany. Such a system can only be maintained with the help of corrupt Members of Parliament who are usually the holders of the list places, and with corrupt officials. The upcoming federal elections will descend into farce because the result does not change the actual balance of power and the sovereign – the people – provided for by the constitution is more of a troublesome subject than an institution granting a mandate.
This is expressed in the frustration of all voters who gain the impression that, regardless of whom they vote for, the outcome of politics will always be the same. Everything seems the same, right down to the media representatives.
Even in terms of personnel, the people have no influence on the specific decision-making process in parliament because the parties have selected a tribe of politicians via party lists, who can set up their own lives as career politicians and basically decide who will be on the list in the future. The decades of successful cooperation with the actual holders of power in the German state is sweetened by various lucrative posts which German business and industry have held ready for compliant politicians after their departure. This also creates the impression that, even before starting work in the German economy, the entire political action of this politician was not understood as a mandate for the German people, but only served as an opportunity to enrich himself via the mandate itself. The same structures can be found at municipal, state and federal levels. The corruption monitors of Transparency International are highly dissatisfied with German politics. With regard to the poor ranking in international corruption statistics, they argue above all: “The absence of important reforms with regard to bribing Members of Parliament and the transparency of supplementary income of Members of Parliament stands in the way of Germany’s better ranking,” says Transparency International. Edda Müller, chairwoman of Transparency Germany, is upset about this: “The sitting out of important reforms to prevent corruption by the majority of the German Bundestag must come to an end”.
But there will never be an end to it because those who are suspected of corruption decide on it themselves. This also means that there will be no change without the pressure of Article 20(4) of the Basic Law.