The PolEXIT Political Party Program

(Program proposal for the subsequent party convention)

SECTION I - STATE PRINCIPLES

Our pursuit is a Commonwealth of Poland, ruled efficiently through a presidential system, with independent courts and a stable currency – the cornerstones that form the basis for sustainable economic growth. A robust and well-trained military - capable of swift deployment would guarantee our interests. The Poland which we are striving for is a state without unnecessary bureaucracy and which safeguards civil liberties.

1. Basic Principles

We will reduce the number of legal acts regulating the lives of citizens to those strictly necessary.
The law must be transparent, simple and understandable for every human being.

The Commonwealth will guarantee:

a) The rule of law based on these basic principles:
  • • Law is not retroactive.
  • • The burden of ‘proof of guilt’ lies with the prosecution.
  • • “To a willing person, injury is not done”.
  • • The interpretation of applied rights cannot, in principle, favor any of the parties concerned.
  • • The extent of an individual’s freedom finishes upon impacting the freedom of another individual.
b) Free market:
The state shall not interfere in the economy or control it in any way, but simply uphold the observance of the law in the conclusion and implementation of contracts by private entities.

c) Protection of Sovereign Rights:
Our paradigm is of Poland as a long-term political nation - that is; our ancestors, ourselves, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - not just today's society. We concern ourselves with the wider picture, about creating conditions ensuring the continuity and development of the Polish Nation.

2. Judicial Authority

The judiciary will be common and united, without superfluous ‘special tribunals’.

a) We will merge the Constitutional Tribunal, State Tribunal and Administrative Court into a single institution - a Supreme Court.

b) The Nine Judges of the Supreme Court shall be appointed for life by the Senate from among candidates selected by the President of the Commonwealth and the Marshal of the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish Parliament), previously recommended to these bodies by the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland.

c) Judges of common courts will be appointed by the President at the request of the National Council of the Judiciary of Poland. The judge will be able to be filed ex officio against his will only by virtue of a judicial verdict.

d) The Prosecutor General will be the Minister of Justice appointed by the President.

e) District Prosecutors will be appointed by the President.

We will implement the following changes:

f) The main function of the courts will be to facilitate non-governmental actions, and any penalties meted out will be in the form of compensation to the plaintiff.

g) All individuals will be able to elect whomsoever they wish for their defense - or defend themselves.

h) We will increase the competence of the arbitration court institutions and their proceedings, reducing the involvement of prosecutors and courts with the minutiae of everyday matters.

i) We will restore the death penalty for premeditated murder proven beyond reasonable doubt.

j) We will introduce punishment for abortion. The right to life cannot become the subject of a parliamentary vote or a nationwide referendum. Nor can it depend upon the declaration of any majority. The only justification for abortion is a confirmed threat to the mother's health or life. In the case of conceiving a child as the result of rape, a woman who wants to raise the child must be guaranteed adequate financial care provided in full by the perpetrator. The guarantor is to be the state - including the guarantee of the aforementioned financial care in the event of the state’s inability to obtain it from the perpetrator.

k) The issue of using in-vitro methods will be a personal matter between a woman and a man applying for a child and the procedure will not be financed from the state treasury. For the protection of life, see section II point 7.

3. Legislative power.

We will limit the amount of newly founded laws.

a) Legal acts will be established through the 120 members of the Sejm, which will be a legislative body. The laws adopted by the Sejm will require approval by the Senate, with the exception of laws concerning the amount and types of taxes. The imposition of a new (or raising the rate of an existing tax) will require a 2/3 rds majority of the statutory composition. Liquidation or reduction of an existing tax will require a simple majority. In imposing taxes, the Sejm will be guided by the principle of: the least amount of money necessary in the budget whilst maximizing the wealth of the citizenry.

b) The Senate (32 Senators + former Presidents as Lifetime Senators).

c) The Senate will have the right to propose amendments to Parliament's laws (except for tax bills). The Senate's amendments may be rejected by the Sejm by a 2/3 rds majority.

d) Voting in elections to the Sejm and the Senate will take place via the internet. An IT system that supports e-election will not suggest the order of electoral lists. A person wishing to vote for a candidate will have to search for him by name or according to available criteria such as education, profession, membership in a political party, election committee. Candidates will not be assigned to numbers on the lists and their order will be displayed randomly during each individual inquiry. Persons entitled to vote will be able to take part in elections from any place with internet access. During the transition period, polling stations with displays adapted for voting by people who do not have access to the Internet or a computer will be provided.

e) Elections to the Sejm will take place once a year, but only in 1/4 th of the electoral districts, where deputies will be elected for a 4-year term.

f) Elections to the Senate will take place once every two years but only in 1/3 rd of the electoral districts, where senators will be elected for a 6-year term.

g) Changing the electoral law for supplementary elections in sub-paragraphs e) and f) will require a transition period (of randomly determined length), where for the Sejm in three districts the term of office will take respectively: 3,2 and 1 year and for the Senate in two districts, the terms will last 4 and 2 years.

h) We will abolish the electoral threshold and eliminate co-financing of political parties from the state budget.

4. Executive power.

We will change the current power structure to one of presidential power.

a) The government will consist of the President and six ministers (The Minister of Defense, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Minister of The Treasury, The Minister of Justice, The Minister of Environmental Protection).

b) The President will appoint and dismiss ministers and province governors (Wojewoda). The president will also have to dismiss any minister in the event of a vote of no confidence in the Sejm by a 2/3 rds majority.

c) The President will exercise power by issuing regulations on the basis of applicable laws. Regulations will be countersigned by the appropriate Minister.

d) The government will be only the executor of the laws. It will lose the right of legislative initiative.

e) The budget will be prepared and implemented by the government, and approved by the President without requiring a countersignature from any of the Ministers. The president will not be able to approve the deficit budget. The budget will be implemented under the President's regulation.

f) Only in case of war, the President will be able to approve the deficit budget.

g) The President of the Commonwealth of Poland will be the Commander in Chief of Poland’s armed forces during war and peacetime.

5. The State Treasury.

We will limit the relationship and dependence between the Polish banking sector and the European Central Bank by maintaining the national currency. We will strengthen the Polish zloty by returning it to the gold standard. We will physically return to Poland all of Polish gold resources currently deposited outside the country. We will exchange the reserve currencies of foreign countries, held by the National Bank of Poland, for gold.

6. Local Governments (Samorzad terytorialny)

We will streamline the structure of local governments while providing municipalities (Gminy) with many current state competences.

a) We will eliminate counties (Powiaty) and regional assemblies (Sejmiki Wojewodzkie), and their competences will be taken over by municipalities, which will achieve more autonomy - they will be able to determine their own regulations, provided that the supremacy of state law prevails.

b) Autonomy does not mean sovereignty. Attempts to establish sovereignty or detachment of land from the Commonwealth of Poland will be fiercely opposed.

c) The state, as the guardian of civil liberties (see point 1), will defend its people against oppression from local governments.

SECTION II - II. SOCIAL MATTERS

1. Biological parents will be responsible for their children and have the right to make decisions on their behalf. In the absence of biological parents or their inadequacy, these functions will be taken over by a legal guardian appointed by the Court. The state will in no way interfere in the creation and formalization of the relationship between a woman and a man and the family thus created.

a) People who want to formalize their marriage, may do so in places and institutions according to their beliefs.

b) Adoption of children will be possible only by adults: a woman and a man declaring parenthood and legal responsibility for the child being cared for.

c) The state administration will not register marriages in any way. Tax credits will not apply - see section IV point 1.

d) We will restore parents to the full potential of raising their offspring and deciding upon their children’s education and how best to protect their health.

e) We will abolish compulsory insurance payments (such as ZUS and KRUS). Everyone will have the choice to insure themselves - in any institute - or not.

f) We will establish a pension fund which will guarantee the payment of retirement benefits for eligible beneficiaries of the Social Insurance Institution (ZUS) and the Social Insurance Fund (KRUS). The method of financing and functioning of the Pension Fund is laid out in a separate paper.
2. We recognize freedom as the possibility for a citizen to make a decision, which involves taking full responsibility for it. Therefore, we will lead to:

a) The state pursues a policy of justice against criminals - not prevention of the people from making decisions.

b) Every adult, sovereign and unpunished citizen, in the territory of the Commonwealth, will have full right to bear arms and to use them in defense of themselves and other people.

c) We recognize personal freedom - the foundation on which is the principle: "“To a willing person, injury is not done.”. This means that you cannot prohibit or order a citizen to do anything (unless their actions harm other people) under the argument that he will be harmed - e.g. orders to apply all safeguards to his health, bans / prohibitions on lifestyle choices, treatments or use of drugs .
3. We recognize freedom of speech as the freedom to give true facts and express our own, even the most extreme opinions. This does not apply to insulting people, using vulgar language within the public forum. Therefore, we will assure:

a) The confidentiality of private correspondence is guaranteed and legally protected, regardless of the method of its distribution.

b) Censoring of distributed content is forbidden, and freedom to criticize the authorities is one of the fundamentals of a free state.
4. We recognize religious freedom, and Christian values and Catholic traditions form a bond for our national and state identity. At the same time, we believe that all churches must be separate from the state.

The Commonwealth is open to people of different faiths and ideologies. We define religious freedom as equality before the law of all people, both believers and non-believers. Residents of the Commonwealth of Poland may exercise the provisions of their religion and perform the rites prescribed in it both privately and in public, unless they constitute acts prohibited by the law and do not contradict public order or public morality.

However, if a religion or ideology preaches hatred or the slightest aversion to our people, we have the right to treat its followers as potential enemies of the State and they may be prevented from entering and staying within the territory of Poland – being regarded as objectionable individuals. If anyone - in the name of their beliefs or for any other reason - tries to act against the rights of the Commonwealth, they will be held criminally liable.
5. We believe that a basis for society is

private property. For this reason, we will return to the rightful owners or their heirs property plundered by the totalitarian communist system, with ownership rights acquired.

6. We will privatize health care. The contributions that everybody pays for public health services will not be charged via the state. Therefore, everyone will be able to choose whether to buy private medical insurance or conserve funds privately in case of illness. At the same time, we will dramatically reduce taxes so that they cover anticipated expenses related to the commercial use of healthcare - see section IV point 1.
7. Human life will be protected from its conception to natural death, excluding people sentenced to death by a final court judgment. The state will prosecute and criminalize all acts of eugenics, euthanasia and abortion - if the pregnancy does not threaten the health or life of the mother.
8. We will privatize education, parents and adults will have a choice about how to educate their children and themselves. We will maintain a sufficiently long transitional period. During the transitional period, the freedom to choose an education center at basic secondary level will be based on the concept of an education voucher. Universities will be privatized without a transitional period.

SECTION III - FOREIGN POLICY, DEFENSE AND SECURITY

1. We will increase budget for the army, police and special services. This will apply to both salaries and expenditure on equipment and training.
2. Universal military training will only apply to men between the ages of 18-24 years. Trained people will create civil defense forces modeled on the Swiss equivalent.
3. In international politics we will be guided by calculation of profits and losses, not by sympathies and antipathies.
4. We will strive to maintain the principle of free movement of people (the "Schengen Agreement") and goods (within the European Economic Area {EEA}). We do not have to be a member of the European Union to travel freely around Europe "using identity cards".
5. We will limit unquestioning subordination to the Brussels bureaucrats. If the federalist course of the European Union is maintained, we will withdraw the Commonwealth from its increasingly bureaucratic and socialist structures.
6. We will review existing international treaties and obligations in terms of their alignment with the interest of the Commonwealth.
7. We will abolish Legislative Act 1066 (Pol. Ustawa nr 1066) - concerning the rules of stationing of foreign armies within the territory of the Commonwealth of Poland. During peacetime in Poland, only the armed forces of the Commonwealth will be permitted to stay, with the exception of periodic military exercises under allied agreements. During wartime, permission to allow the movement of allied forces within Polish territory will be decided by the President of the Commonwealth of Poland.
8. A large number of restrictions placed upon police officers regarding the use of firearms on duty will be lifted.

SECTION IV - ECONOMY

1. We will remove, as particularly harmful, income taxes: PIT, CIT, inheritance and gift taxes as well as sales and purchase contracts. The abolition of these taxes will lead to a lowering of the costs of family maintenance, prices of goods and services as well as increasing demand for them; leading to strong economic development.
2. We will lower excise duty and VAT to the minimum rate set by the EU - in the case of VAT at the level of 15%. Lowering these and other taxes will lead to economic development as in point 5 below.
3. We will not allow the state to favor any business, under any pretext.
4. We will reduce the number of offices and officials in order to reduce the costs of the State's activities and to make life easier for its citizens. Offices should be in service of the people, not the officials.
5. We will eliminate the vast majority of barriers limiting development in the form of concessions, licenses and permits for any cultural, social or economic activity of citizens. At the discretion of the state, we will only leave areas related to its defense and security. We will accept the general rule that anything that is not prohibited is allowed. A citizen as a free person can do what they think appropriate, bearing in mind that they are responsible for their actions.
6. In place of socialist "sustainable development" and "social justice" we will introduce the obligation of a balanced budget, i.e. a budget without a deficit. We will stop indebtedness by not allowing the government to approve spending beyond the state’s actual treasury at the expense of future generations.