Taking down a lockdown, Swiss style

Comes a referendum to strip government of power to impose one.

Taking advantage of a unique provision in their constitution, campaigners in Switzerland have garnered sufficient signatures to force a national referendum aimed at stripping the government of its powers to impose pandemic-related lockdown measures.

The group Friends of the Constitution solicited 86,000 signatures requiring a nation-wide vote on whether to repeal the government’s 2020 COVID-19 Act, which was passed in September, Business Insider reports.

Switzerland’s constitution provides a recourse to direct democracy whereby citizens may trigger a referendum to overturn laws introduced by parliament if they are able to collect 50,000 signatures in 100 days. Having well surpassed this requirement, the vote is expected in June.

Wha’ happened?

Last week, the Swiss government announced tightened restrictions with a stated purpose of mitigating the spread of new COVID-19 variants which were first claimed to be discovered in Britain.

They closed shops which sell “non-essential” supplies, limited private gatherings to five people, and ordered companies to instruct employees to work from home where possible, or require staff to wear masks. They also extended the closure of restaurants, along with cultural and sports sites to the end of February, Reuters reports.


Christoph Pfluger, a board member at Friends of the Constitution, said the group believed the government was “taking advantage of the pandemic to introduce more control and less democracy.” [A suspicion shared by many, I suppose.]

The group also stated that the COVID-19 Act is “disproportionate” and “demonstrably ineffective,” while others expressed that it gives the government too much power to enforce a “compulsory system with poorly tested vaccines.”

Now you’re talkin’. He’s sayin’ the damn lockdowns don’t work! and the vaccines are not trustworthy? What next? In any case, “The success of the referendum would be a call on the authorities to exercise the utmost caution in the vaccination campaign and even impose a moratorium on it.”

Negative thinking! He could be cancelled.

Keep an eye on those Swiss people.

Biden DHS Pick Says DHS Will Grant Citizenship to Most Illegals

Instant Democrats.

From Washington Times: Abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a nonstarter and the fate of the border wall is uncertain, but the Biden team does want to grant citizenship rights to most illegal immigrants and to pump money into Latin America as the way to discourage illegal immigration, Alejandro Mayorkas, the pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, told senators Tuesday.

From Senator Tom Cotton at Fox News: “…it’s what you’d expect from the party of open borders: Total amnesty, no regard for the health or security of Americans, and zero enforcement.”

(Lifted from the excellent, highly recommended Daybreak Insider.)

Addicted to Trump – WSJ


Democrats have spent five years defining themselves in opposition to Mr. Trump. It’s the one idea that unites them. As he recedes into history, they will have to deal with the symptoms of political withdrawal. Watch for the shakes, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, even depression—and falling ratings on CNN and MSNBC. Promoting Joe Biden’s tax increases won’t provide nearly the same rush.

No venom, no vigor. Or hardly any.

How Will President Biden Govern?

Not well, if he keeps talking the way he does:

Mr. Biden’s rhetoric in particular has been more condemning than unifying. He was right to blame Mr. Trump for contributing to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but comparing Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz to Joseph Goebbels is Trump-like excess.

His speech writers seem infused with woke ideology, as they cast the riot and most other events in the language of identity politics.

Mr. Biden’s early legislative priorities also seem odd given that he has no great election mandate and a narrowly divided Congress.

Ron Klain, his new White House chief of staff, described the top priorities as addressing four “overlapping and compounding crises”—Covid, the economy, climate and racial justice. The rhetoric of “crisis” is the familiar progressive trope to scare the public into accepting radical change.

With a dollop, of course, of “hope” thrown in.