The basic law turns 64

The Basic Law turns 64

"Hello! May we invite you? We celebrate birthday today!" – "who is the birthday boy?" – "it has several parents." – "???" – "the basic law turns 64 today!" – "first?!"

That's how the seven bufdis spoke to passers-by on thursday afternoon in staffelstein's market place. To the 64. On the occasion of the 50th birthday of the basic law, they set up a stand and treated the incoming burgers to sparkling wine, homemade donuts and fattbemmen (french: lard bread).

Together with manfred pappenberger, a lecturer at the bad staffelstein training center (the former civilian service school), they spent a day preparing for the action. The result was a quiz about the basic law, which they presented to the passers-by. The bufdis wanted to know, for example, when the basic law came into force (1949), which body drafted it (the parliamentary council) or which court is responsible for interpreting the basic law (the federal constitutional court).

Thought provoking
The two young women and five young men swarmed out, approached people and asked them what they thought of the basic law. Most people know article 1, paragraph 1: "the human being is inviolable". What else does it say? This is exactly what manfred pappenberger and the seven bufdis had in mind.

"We are happy when people stop and think about the basic law", says anna-lena hermann, who is currently attending a seminar at the bad staffelstein training center. "Many people are quite fit", lisa westhauber finds after almost two hours of celebrating the basic law's birthday.
Melanie weghorn, who comes forward and spontaneously takes part in the quiz, sums up self-critically: "you had to be more involved with it."

One of the most famous ignorers of the constitution was once the federal minister of the interior, hermann hocherl (CSU), who coined the saying that he could not walk around all day with the constitution under his arm. 1963 he had defended the constitutional protection, which had violated the basic law by tapping telephones: "the civil servants cannot walk around all day with the basic law under their arms", was his flippant remark, which earned him massive criticism.

One of the people who spent a long time discussing this afternoon with the bufdis was hans bialluch from memmelsdorf near bamberg. As a lawyer, he can contribute many details to the history of the basic law. He is, however, very surprised that the basic law still does not enjoy constitutional status.

After the survey, the volunteer julian wenzel sums up that he was surprised at how open-minded the people were. "Some", he added "have even equated us with a regional suggestion box" and told all that they have on their hearts.

Beatles hit on the 64th birthday.
"Many were also surprised that they were not being offered a vacuum cleaner", manfred pappenberger jokes about the eagerness of passers-by to discuss the issue. He himself remains the 64. The 64th birthday of the GG is certainly also remembered because the beatles' hit "when I'm sixty-four" was sung to him a fitting happy birthday song for the german constitution sounded like an earworm in my head.

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