Post by MadameConcorde on Jun 11, 2012 14:21:04 GMT -5
Insight: Liechtenstein prince faces vote over veto power
(Reuters) - It isn't easy being a campaigner for more democracy in the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Everybody knows everybody in this arch-conservative state and the subjects of the last monarchy in Europe with any real power don't like rocking the boat.
Activists who want to end the monarchy's right to veto popular referendums say they have received threatening letters and seen far-right vandals deface campaign posters with Nazi slogans like "Heil Fatherland" and "Democrats are the death of the people".
Given the charged atmosphere in this state of just 36,000, few dare to speak out against billionaire Prince Hans-Adam von und zu Liechtenstein, whose family has ruled the 160-sq-km (62-sq-mile) principality since 1699 and is credited with turning a rural backwater into a wealthy banking centre.
But democracy campaigners still managed to gather just enough signatures to call a referendum on the prince's veto right - set for July 1 - by canvassing support in private and assuring voters that their names would be kept secret.
"People are worried about being seen as against the prince," Sigvard Wohlwend, a communications consultant who is a spokesman for the campaign, told Reuters in a cafe in the pedestrianised main street of the sleepy capital Vaduz.
Democracy sucks. Look at the US. They have wiped out their middle class which was their core. Now you have super-rich and destitute poor. They wage wars like vulgar mercenaries and when lawmen want the war monthly billions spent (as in Afghanistan) to be used to fix the state of the nation, it falls on the deaf ears of the deathmakers. They patronize the world with sanctimonious BS and infiltrate others worse than Communists ever did. They don't know their heads from their asses, stuck in some Judeo-Christian melodrama instead of building a future. Democracy has failed. It's in every nation's best interest to work towards a political model that works for them specifically and stop the undertow towards homogeneity. It's a mirage that causes too many shocks. These shocks in turn benefit only those who thrive financially on chaos, and they are not the plebeians now starving. They're the ones that stand out for their lack of humanity. God is watching.