October 26, 2020

Autocrats The World Over

Politicians want to be dictators, and not just in California.Is the coronavirus pandemic undermining German democracy?

"For nearly nine months now, regulations have been put in place by local, regional and central authorities which are restricting people's freedoms in a manner unprecedented in post-war Germany," [Florian Post, a member of the Bundestag and legal affairs expert with the Social Democrats (SPD)] told the mass-circulation Bild newspaper. "And not even once has an elected parliament been called on to vote on the measures," he complained.

Because they don't need parliament. It is an emergency. Just trust the bureaucrats to do the right thing, and relinquish all the power when the emergency is past. Which the WHO or the IMF or the UN or some organization says should be sometime in 2022.

Decision making behind closed doors by Angela Merkel and the state premiers was not the only thing to anger parliamentarians. It also emerged that the health ministry in Berlin is fast-tracking efforts to push through both an extension (beyond March 2021) and an expansion of the special rights granted to Health Minister Jens Spahn of the Christian Democrats (CDU).

Germany isn't the only place where democratic rule is under attack. The governors of California, Michigan, New York and other places also seem to think they can rule by decree.

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