If the state cancels the social contract by no longer fulfilling its duties towards me as a citizen, by not securing my safety, then I no longer have to remain obedient. And I am hereby doing just that.
This morning’s FAZ headline read, „Syrians could bring in up to 500,000 family members.“ According to the Ministry of Migration and Refugees (BAMF), Germany will receive yet another 500,000 refugees due to family reunification. With this prognosis, BAMF contradicts almost all other predictions which were made over the last several months. Predictions which reckoned with significantly higher numbers. It remains questionable if the BAMF calculations are indeed correct. And I certainly don’t have to believe anything just because it’s official.
However, the daily rhetoric is much more interesting than the actual figures. Germany MUST. And, yes, even in the midst of the refugee crisis, I will never tire of asking: Why? Why MUST Germany? Why do hundreds of thousands of people, who have illegally crossed German borders, seem to have more rights than I, and other Germans, do? Why is it that we only seem to have responsibilities but no say in the matter? And once again, why „do we have to“, while nothing is required of the others?
Strictly speaking, I did not want Angela Merkel, with her selfies and her open borders, to invite everyone into Germany. Why should I now want these people to bring in all of their families? And again: Why do we “have to”, and why do the others not have to do anything?
For months now, I’ve heard nothing other than, „we must“. This, in spite of the fact that Article 16a does not state that we are required to accept and grant asylum to individuals, who have travelled through secure third countries. Germany’s asylum laws only pertain to politically and religiously persecuted people. It is at this point that the Geneva refugee convention comes into play. If we don’t „have to“ due to our Constitution, then we „have to“ because of the Geneva refugee convention. Apparently, however, even this requires only Germany to take in unlimited and uncontrolled refugees, while other countries have had a maximum limit for quite some time.
Truth is, there is no legal basis for my “must”. And yet, I „must.“ I have been disenfranchised by my own government, just like all the others who were also not asked. And I have to pay for it all. Through taxes. Unfortunately, the price is more than just monetary. For example, a price is paid through the restrictions on our liberal Western values due to the influx of millions of Muslims. And through the transformation of our culture, which I actually found to be wonderful just the way it was. Additionally, I pay through my rights and my safety as a woman, which is something that many women have already bitterly experienced during the course of this year. And in the end, even through the security and stability of an entire country, where I felt comfortable and at home–until a few months ago.
Roughly 80% of the people who illegally crossed the German border in the Spring of 2016 do not possess the necessary identification documentation. But I, on the other hand, am hunted down like a rabid dog, should I fail to pay a traffic ticket on time. A minimum of 500,000 unregistered individuals are free to roam Germany as they wish. I don’t know who they are, where they came from, or if they belong to a terrorist organization and are in the midst of planning an attack. Fact is, there is a significantly higher number of terrorists among these refugees than we were led to believe just a few months ago. Sadly, the politicians that I once voted for do not care about my safety. The Leviathan has ceased to exist. (“Der Leviathan ist längst nicht mehr existent.”)
And this is exactly where I can escape the „must.“ If the state terminates the social contract by not adhering to its responsibilities towards me, and can no longer guarantee my safety, then I no longer have to remain obedient. And I am hereby doing just that.
I do not have to watch my country being transformed into something that I, from the bottom of my liberal conviction, deeply reject. I do not have to unconditionally tolerate and respect a foreign culture that has no regard for my culture and that poses a danger to freedom and tolerance as a whole. I do not have to make up for the deficit of millions of people who illegally came here and who, if it were up to me, wouldn’t be here in the first place. Especially when the legal justification for all of this can not be explained.
Instead, I MUST finally be asked what I want.
Just like a majority of Germans, I strongly support helping those that are the weakest. That we protect women and children from war and persecution. I am for solidarity and I am more than willing to give. But not unconditionally and infinitely. And especially not to those that do not abide by the rules that we have established for ourselves and which apply to everybody. This is the basis on which our state functions. Asylum is one thing, immigration is another. Asylum can and should be granted according to given rules. But when it comes to immigration, we have to negotiate and we have to determine the rules. As a nation, government, and society.
As long as this is not the case, I feel disenfranchised. And as long as I feel disenfranchised, there is no social contract and therefore, de facto, there is no foundation. This is why I must act now. The political caste would rather I simply remain obedient and pay for the damage. But that’s not how this works. I am 27. I have to live here, with the consequences of these politics, for quite some time. That is, if I don’t emigrate.