When we talk about parties that support the state, we mainly mean the SPÖ and ÖVP, i.e. those parties with traditionally the greatest government responsibility in municipalities, the state and the federal government. And even if the political landscape is becoming increasingly colorful and a grand coalition is losing its radiance as a role model, the fundamental finding is still true today.
Rather than being in office, however, it is a certain degree of access to politics that qualifies them as state-supporting, I would almost like to say, distinguishes them. Namely the one to put the well-being of this state above everything else and the courage to make unpopular decisions when it is necessary and right.
Typically in crisis situations, this is where the wheat is separated from the chaff, the true face of the parties and especially the actors involved is revealed.
Our political great-grandfathers provide the best example of this. Within just 10 days in April 1945 – at a time when there was still fighting on Austrian soil and our beautiful homeland was in ruins – the SPÖ, ÖVP and KPÖ adopted a joint declaration of independence, constituted the provisional state government and enacted a constitution. Within 10 (!) Days and only a few years after each other’s throats were attacked during the civil war.
Our parties today, on the other hand, allow themselves up to 130 days to negotiate “simple” coalitions – among “partners” who previously threw at most a few bad words at each other.
But there were other times too. If our ancestors had not taken the reins of action quickly and spoke to the occupying powers with a strong voice that united all of the camps at the time, it might have been with Austria in this form. The first thing to do was to secure what future generations could argue about again. For me, the epitome of state policy – all trenches filled in, former enemies pull together for a higher common goal.
Today at the latest, in the middle of the biggest crisis since the Second World War, after two years of pandemic, confronted with exploding incidences and new bad news every day, one might think that it would be time again for this national alliance of responsibility.
But the opposite seems to be the case. Instead of a common line, the rulers ‘rulers’ rolled out patchwork carpet still prevails. Necessary nationwide steps (spoilers: the virus doesn’t care about national borders!) Come, if at all, too little, too late.
One still affords the luxury of arguing publicly about nuances of measures, the effect and necessity of which are largely common sense. Just as one still lets oneself drift by a kickelist-liberal strategy of irresponsibility, the primary goal of which is to maximize voices through contradiction – even if that means saying goodbye at will to our reality, which is at the bottom of science, and to say goodbye to our own devotees, de-wormers for horses to feed.
With an unbelievable 15,000 new cases per day, it should therefore be clear by now at the latest that more is at stake for our country than slipping on the Sunday issue. What is needed now is the unification of all reasonable forces in the country. Sit down, you government officials in the state and federal government, lock out the media and only report again when a package has been put together that will enable us to defeat the virus. Because it is better to end with horror than to end with horror!