Frank “Buschi” Buschmann has been a fixture on TV for over three decades. His commentary on football and basketball games is a piece of sports history. “t-online” now reports that shortly before the Bavarian state elections, Buschmann gave his assessment of the German political landscape on Instagram.
Buschmann warns that anyone who is “offended by politics or society” should not watch his video. Nevertheless, he “just had to get something off his chest”.
Buschmann: “I don’t feel represented by any party”
In the video, Buschmann then explains what makes German politics today so problematic, reports “t-online”.
To be honest, Buschmann says it was “never so difficult for him to tick (his) box anywhere” as it was before the Bavarian state elections on October 8th. Unfortunately, this is not due to the agony of choice. Rather, he simply feels “no longer represented by any party.”
Buschmann finds the Greens sometimes “abstruse to the point of damaging to the common good.”
Buschmann then takes on all the major parties one after the other, reports “t-online”.
Buschmann sometimes finds the Greens “absolutely d’accord”. Every now and then, Green politicians said things that were simply “abstruse or harmful to our common good”.
At the SPD, he was able to find individual proposals “good” and “others not so good”. The same applies to the CSU and FDP.
Buschmann finds AfD “no alternative at all”
Outside the major parties, however, things will be “difficult” in terms of party programs, says Buschmann. For example, he does not believe that “every AfD voter is a fascist”. For him personally, the AfD is “not an alternative at all” and “not electable”.
The reason for this is that it does not correspond to “democratic requirements”.
A lack of culture of debate is the greatest weakness of today’s politics
Overall, today’s parties lack a profile and politics as a whole lacks a healthy culture of debate. That is the main problem. Clear, even moderate, opinions should be allowed. But these would then have to be properly discussed.
“That’s why people tried to make compromises in the past, sometimes behind closed doors,” says Buschmann. “When in doubt, discuss problems hard and find a middle ground. For me, this no longer happens in politics at all.”
After all, no political opinion or decision, no matter how good it may be, can make everyone happy. Society must learn again to argue politically properly.