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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

According to wikiquote, Benjamin Franklin actually said these words.

After the first red-red coalition in a German state, I recently heard the following from politically interested people:

It would be hard to understand if 20 years after the peaceful revolution the party responsible for federal bankruptcy, lack of liberty and oppression in the GDR were to become “presentable”.

Well, the “presentable” parties constituting the government of the BRD have spent more than 20 years preparing for federal bankruptcy, reducing liberty, and paving the way for potential oppression.

Welcome to the club – leftist and former-SED comrades. Maybe you will succeed where our other parties have failed so far.

(Translated by EG)

😉 Sorry, but I am currently living through a cynical phase.

1 Kommentar zu ““Respectability For The Leftist Party?” or “Others Already Have It!””

  1. Chris Wood (Wednesday October 14th, 2009)

    It is simplistic to equate the “Linke” with the “SED”. Plenty of SED members and even STASI spies have joined other parties. I dislike Lafontaine and find the economic views he expresses extremely dubious. On the other hand Gysi talks a lot of sense in chat shows. I find the “Linke” useful as a counter to the “every man for himself” attitude on the right. Is it more of a danger to democracy than F.J. Strauss was? What I dislike about it, is that it has weakened the SPD so much.
    Roland is too ungrateful to our politicians and the Germans who chose them. Germany is not perfect, but it is in pretty good shape. You cannot expect German growth rates now like those of West Germany after WW2. Germany is now expected to do something for the rest of the world. It has a declining population (at least as regards people of working age), rather than an influx of energetic young East Germans. There is rapidly increasing competition from the rest of the World.

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