Frankfurter Zeitung 19.07.1930: The Reichstag is dissolved: A lesson of German democracy

this 18. July, yesterday, in many Parts of Germany the school holidays began, has now also need to set the Reichstag his work, but While our children rest and j

Frankfurter Zeitung 19.07.1930: The Reichstag is dissolved: A lesson of German democracy

this 18. July, yesterday, in many Parts of Germany the school holidays began, has now also need to set the Reichstag his work, but While our children rest and joyful relaxation are entitled to, we will have an adult German people to this day as an internal loading. For now, no vacations may begin. We have as a people to self-govern, the examination of a complicated political Situation, once again, failed.

We have failed, and the only way, the failure of betting is going the that we seek to learn from our mistakes. It remains for us left on the duration is simply nothing more than the fact that we govern ourselves. So we must learn to govern ourselves.

We must also be clear to us, that we ourselves, we the German people and voters are, on the whole (certainly including our parliamentary and our governing leaders), have the failed. Not the System of democracy has suffered shipwreck. Not even the parliamentary System. We don't want to make, such as through the fallen students, teachers and school system for our bad Learn to be responsible. Why not work elsewhere, democracy and parliamentarism, why us? Because we have not learned your rules and terms. Maybe it can help us now, just this last failure of the parties in the Reichstag to Learn and Understand. It is a school offers an example of how you can't work in Parliament.

All expenses of the historic E-Papers at a Glance

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The first Maxim, it's all we need, is the need to distinguish between political principles and political day's work, the Real ideological principles should certainly be in the policy price and not negotiated given. On the basis of the political days of work to be done. Principles must be fixed and verfaßbar and viable. The political work but must remain elastic; otherwise it tears or breaks have, as of yesterday, our parties will learn.

Learn to compromise, negotiate

requirement of parliamentary democracy is that one make the other concessions to enable the formation of a parliamentary majority. This basic rule it is that some of the terms of our parties and very large circles of our people still not be enough. Even where two parties Govern together alternately, it behaves not differently. As always, the thoughts and wishes of the people are very diverse. Under the two-party system, compromises must be closed, first of all, very extensively within each of the two parties. In our System, this process of majority formation made up of many individual plays views in Public, and it increases the risk of Auftrumpfens, the Prestige, vanity and the agitative demagoguery.

Particularly difficult, the majority of education is, of course, by the fact that we have parties which do not want to promote this current state, and strong parties, where the factual assessment of each individual measure is less important than its usability or Non-usability to the vibration of the state, you want to the case, and then in your own control. These parties need to retire for any majority formation, it is positive Work on the ground of the modern state, from the outset. This is true of Communists and national socialists, and the Experience of the last rich day fur sufficiently proved, that it is at least also of the German national Hugendbergscher direction.

Updated Date: 19 July 2020, 11:19

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