My interest in Switzerland was spurred around 7 years ago after reading a book, The Seven Myths of Gun Control. The author argued that America was originally founded on the republican form of Swiss governance.
My how we have strayed from the Swiss, and original American model.
Additionally, I have always admired Switzerland’s unwavering foreign policy of not meddling in foreign entanglements and until recently, their banking and monetary policies.
In his article Why Switzerland is Still Free and America Is Not, posted at Lew Rockwell dot com, Ron Holland highlights reasons to admire the Swiss and look to their model for answers to solving our dire political problems.
In Switzerland, the people still rule and have the ultimate right to decide decisions above the government or parliament. Through the right of referendum they can cancel legislation and with the initiative they can pass or create legislative action on issues parliament refuses to act upon.
The bias and closed statist views shown in the article is business as usual for the US media elites out to protect the American political establishment and are so evident in this headline and article. It isn’t the question they asked but rather the question they didn’t dare ask is the “700-lb gorilla in the room.”
Quoting from the article, “Critics say the SVP, the largest party in Switzerland’s coalition government, has taken advantage of the country’s unique brand of direct democracy to push its populist, anti-immigrant agenda on the Swiss electorate. Citizens have the right to propose new laws in Switzerland – the only thing they need to force a nationwide vote on an initiative is a petition of 100,000 signatures.”
Mr. Holland goes on to wonder how America could benefit from Switzerland’s style of direct democracy.
How America would be different if we had Swiss-style political rights to restrain government where the people rule instead of the special interests. Imagine an America where the billions in graft and political influence that control Congress could still buy legislation but not ultimate control if we as a people could overrule their actions.
What if the will of the people still ultimately controlled the political system and direction with true limited government at the federal, state and local level? Imagine the American electorate overriding Congress and demanding a strong dollar backed by real gold reserves, an audit of the Federal Reserve, a rollback of the bailouts, a declaration of war for foreign military intervention, the abolishment of the Patriot Act and a return to banking privacy.
Yes, a Swiss political party (The Swiss Peoples Party) promotes a nationalist agenda to the Swiss voters and they will ultimately decide in referendum yes or no on the issue. This is currently impossible in the United States but Swiss direct democracy and limited confederation government have worked in Switzerland for hundreds of years.
This is far superior to the two-party monopoly in America where the elites controlling both parties can push their self-serving agendas without restraint. Currently, short of the Tenth Amendment movement, state nullification or outright state secession, there is no real effective way to push back against Washington.
The supposedly enlightened elite in America are constantly prattling about the need to look to Europe for political guidance, how about Switzerland?
God help us!
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