Is our democracy good or bad

Threats to democracy : The bad comes so close

So there is now everywhere about a threat to democracy, and it is - of course - Donald Trump's USA. The No. 1 topic these days, apart from Corona for a moment. But who is talking about the threats to our democracy? As laborious as it has been achieved, one must be vigilant that it is not, say, worn down. And through constant tugging and pulling and shaking on the pillars, on our constitution, on which the community rests.

That our Basic Law, generally declared to be significant, is not taken as seriously in the deeds as it is necessary to consolidate its authority - that is a danger. Inviolability of the home, for example, is a fundamental right. Anyone who wants to come in and come in during these times, whether from the local police, the federal police or other security authorities, must be legally protected. It is not possible for high-ranking politicians to talk behind closed doors as if they wanted to defy such norms in the Corona era.

What is reminiscent of the other fall into sin: encouragement to denounce. Corona makes it possible? Just not. We've got such times behind us once and for all, haven't we? Woe to us if not.

And then the weakening of the political binding force. Put very simply, Helmut Schmidt's policy led to the Greens becoming strong on the left; that of Gerhard Schröder led to the Left Party; and that of Angela Merkel nurtured the far right of the AfD. Now this group comes up: that of the discontented. Many grumble about the Corona policy, find it inconsistent and often no longer understand it. These are not all aluminum hats.

The displeasure in society does not only accumulate on the fringes

If you look at the free democrats in the Bundestag or in various state parliaments, if you take North Rhine-Westphalia, you get an idea that resentment is gathering - in the midst of society, not on its fringes. The FDP can be happy because it will almost certainly return to the Bundestag, but otherwise none. Some kind of strict folk pedagogy doesn't work against grumbling, and there is little evidence that this will change.

Which means: Every measure that is to be decided from now on would have to be carefully checked in advance from all points of view, for proportionality, appropriateness, rule of law, by law, always with the same expiry date, all of which, of course, in Parliament - in order to be able to be declared in this way , again and again, patiently, as an appeal to solidarity and not as a barracks yard roll call.

Why is it important? Because communication is becoming more and more important right now. It is not the deeds that determine the people, but the words about the deeds - this aphorism is attributed to Caesar, Thucydides, Aristotle, Heraklit and the CDU politician Heiner Geissler. However, it comes in a free translation from the “Handbook of Stoic Morality” by the Greek philosopher Epictetus. It doesn't matter, the sentence is so good that everyone wants it to be said because it is true. Put another way: if you want the deeds to reach the people, you have to choose your words all the better. And weigh what he / she wants to do all the better.

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