Everyone always talks about everything being different now. That's right, but there are things that were already wrong with Corona in the world, and there is no reason why they were suddenly correct now. Playing as a democratic party with radical right-wing terms and fantasies is one of those things. As has been shown time and again in recent years, right-wing radicals in particular benefit from it when Democrats use rhetoric similar to theirs: for example, when they claim that the country is being brainwashed and re-educated by the radical left.
Marco Buschmann, the parliamentary director of the FDP, has in a memorable mirror– Contribution warned of a "revolution" and the collapse of "politically ordered conditions", which could cause "incredible suffering" in the event that Corona's middle class suffers loss of prosperity. And he didn't leave the impression that he found such revolutionary behavior particularly incomprehensible.
Now it is probably the case that the initial restrictions will trigger growing dissatisfaction with the weeks. And it is certainly true that they are a colossal civil law intervention that creates major economic problems. One can also accuse the government, or rather the German state governments, of imposing too strict, far-reaching, non-specific conditions. Or criticize the security authorities for being overzealous. One can and should ask what an exit strategy from this social emergency should look like. Opposition parties are there for all of this.
But what should you think of a passage like this?
"If the German middle class should get the impression that their concerns and needs do not come to the center of German politics in view of the threat to their social situation and lead to a clear change in priorities there, then no responsible politician should say that he could not have known what happens then. At some point revolution will be in the air. "
Somehow that sounds like the Weimar Republic. Buschmann doesn't exactly describe what's in the air, he leaves it up to the reader to imagine rioting yellow vests or even worse, more violent forms of unleashed civilization. And this rhetoric runs through the entire text. "People won't put up with this for a long time," says sentence two.
But what people does he mean? What is Buschmann talking about? Armed citizens, right-wing extremist KSK members, or rather ordinary people with air rifles and pitchforks? A takeover of right-wing militias? Nowhere in the text does the FDP man describe the potential revolutionaries more precisely, let alone criticize them. He also does not ask about ways to exclude such people who are obviously prone to violence and to dissuade them from doing so. He doesn't say much more than that the restrictions should drop as soon as possible (who doesn't want that?). And that, yes, politics for the "middle class" must be made.
So what Buschmann writes can also be seen as a threat. As a reminder that the wealthy part of society will soon be at the forks if what they want doesn't happen. You don't even have to be malicious to do this, you just have to take your grim murmur of the democratic end times, which the government would have caused by your misconduct, just word for word. It is not entirely clear whether this effect is intended. Or whether someone here, not atypical for the contemporary FDP, just played with the rhetorical weapons that are in the arsenal. According to Donald Trump: "If we have it, why don’t we use it?"