This open letter has been making the rounds for a few days. In it, a former ÖVP community politician calls on the members of the National Council to investigate their conscience. Highlighting, minor corrections and subtitles were added by the editorial team for better readability.
An open letter from Christoph Kölbl
Dear national councilors, dear members of the ÖVP parliamentary club!
I am writing to you as a former party official (until October 2021) (therefore in the Du form, because we have always come to an understanding with you within the party, hope that fits) in your function as national councilors and members of the ÖVP club in parliament, to give you my view of things and also a prevailing mood among other things to bring the “base” closer to us in the upper Mühlviertel. Knowing that you are of course not all responsible for our constituency, but as part of the “overall ÖVP” in our country.
I wanted to keep it short, but there are four pages and I hope and ask you to take your time and still read it carefully through to the end. Thanks very much!
The mood in our country and the division in our society have reached a new low, which certainly did not go unnoticed by you either and many ask: “Where has our famous and beautiful country of Austria gone?”
After 30 years in the ÖVP as a local councilor and most of them as a local council, I decided a week ago to leave this party. It will not be particularly noticeable and no one will care if a small local party official “disappears” and I am also aware, but that is not my point.
For me it is about the people in this country and about good cooperation and that is what it should be about every one of you politicians who support the state! But it no longer works, as you can see from the behavior, as much as I regret it!
Contemptuous choice of words and propaganda from the government and state radio
I simply can no longer see / support the way in which the highest level, starting with the Federal Chancellor, through many ministers and many so-called experts and the propaganda and state radio ORF, promoted the exclusion and discrimination of the unvaccinated and such Division of society yes is really provoked and what contemptuous choice of words is already used here!
“Christmas will be uncomfortable for the unvaccinated” (Schallenberg), “The time of solidarity for the unvaccinated is over” (Köstinger), “An unprecedented control!” (Nehammer), “We do not want any exclusion and division in society! (Platter after he announced “punitive measures” for the unvaccinated?!? “), Unvaccinated, medical staff is referred to as the” angel of death “…. and many more examples!
Is it enough that you have found “a” culprit in order not to have to admit and distract from your own inability and the (demonstrably) many FALSE statements and empty promises to the population?
If the one People’s Party should be, where people are treated and marginalized in this way, placed on the fringes of society, as it were, as fair game, aluminum hat bearers, conspirators, unsolidarians and anything else declared and incited so that many family members, friends, acquaintances, club members, local politicians and fellow human beings these “lepers” Apply pressure to encourage them to vaccinate? Then I don’t know anymore and many can no longer understand what is going on in your heads as “our” representatives?
When families are destroyed, club members quarrel, spying, betrayal and denunciation find their way, friends get lost, children and adults fall into psychological despair, then I don’t know anymore what prompts you to put more pressure on the populationinstead of evaluating what is happening in our country through your actions and statements! Do you really know what is going on at the grassroots level here, with the “little” citizen? I do not think so!
I deliberately say “population” because it is no longer just the unvaccinated who see it that way. I know a lot of people around me and have a lot of social contacts and There are also many vaccinated people, as well as ÖVP people among them, who share my opinion and in no way support this line of governmentlet alone understand!
You are wrong if you think you have the majority behind you
If you believe that you have the majority of the population behind you and “to save the health system and humanity” we have to act like this, then you are wrong and I wish you all the best, it is a fallacy in my opinion and will end in a political “disaster”. It is a law of nature that pressure always creates counter pressure and if one plans such an “intervention” as a vaccination obligation in the most intimate private sphere of every citizen, in such an eminent one sensitive and highly personal and individual area, then it will fail on all levels!
The task of politics is to create a health system and the necessary infrastructure to ensure adequate care for the population, but not to take care of and patronize the personal health of each individual. I am responsible for my own health and everyone is responsible for themselves!
Or do we start in our country out of solidarity, charity, consideration for others, etc., about the unsolidified, inconsiderate high blood pressure patients, overweight / obese, unhealthy diets, people who do not do sports, chain smokers (like our great health minister), extreme sports enthusiasts, etc. to judge, to marginalize them, to marginalize them, to point the finger at them? How solidary and considerate are those for our health system and our society? Do these people, if they have heart attacks, strokes, vascular occlusions, lung diseases, open feet and so on … don’t also and to a much greater extent take away the sick bed in the normal / intensive care unit from the needy vaccinated / unvaccinated corona patient?
Wouldn’t it also be in great solidarity that these people would finally start (or that they would be forced!) To take on personal responsibility, to eat healthy and moderate, to do enough sport and exercise, to quit smoking? Should we also start denouncing, marginalizing, defaming, etc. these people because they are a danger to society and the health system and overwhelm the hospital staff when often not even 3 nurses are enough to move a 150kg person from one side to the other so that it is not sore? Did our great health workers deserve this? Will you then also publicly “take care” of this group of population in the future and impose “punitive measures” and “compulsory ordinances” and laws on them?
Incredible behavior of a “people’s party”
It is also complete for many, many people in our country incomprehensible and incomprehensible, that one Volks-Party and government on such fundamental human rights issues, tramples the Austrian Constitution and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and with compulsion and sophistication for some way of argumentation and circumvention searches and checks to find legal ways and possibilities to circumvent this, to legitimize in order to impose UNWORTHY things on these people and to force them to be administered a HIGHLY controversial forced vaccination !?
I would like that YOU too begin to see the people and citizens of this beautiful country again, to meet their future fears and health concerns with understanding, not with coercion! Many countries around the world are already taking a different path, contrary to vaccination requirements and relying on various scientific and international studies, which are also available in sufficient numbers and are not written by any “aluminum hat wearers”. Apparently in Austria one only believes “his” experts and specialists who have been specially selected and paid by our government does not allow any other opinion, let alone let it be discussed in the media.
Resistance to forced vaccination was successful in Canada
I travel a lot all over the world for work (I also have a company in Canada) and why, for example, are the governments in Canada, in the provinces of Ontario (14.5 million inhabitants) and Quebec (8.5 million inhabitants) now? currently compulsory vaccination due to the resistance of tens of thousands of nurses and against the complaints of the CMA (Canadian Medical Association)?
Because it is the government’s responsibility to keep a health system “running” as mentioned above in this letter, to create and maintain a functioning infrastructure of the health system and, if necessary, to expand and develop it and it is not the task and certainly has no authorization to forcibly vaccinate medical staff and, as a result, all people due to this lack of infrastructure! There are enough facts why someone opposes a vaccination and everyone, whether they admit it or not, everyone can see for themselves from many examples that vaccination is NOT the panacea to solve this problem!
I would like to see the great concerns of our fellow citizens taken seriously and taken into account and the demonstrations that have now begun on such a large scale in our country must also belong to a government and you, especially one Volks– Make the party think about whether one can get ahead here by force and whether one continues to divide, marginalize, defame the population and destroy many structures in the population that have been created over the years, or whether to bring the divided population back together and is looking for other ways to overcome this crisis and there will be a united Austria again! I wish this from you as some of the highest political representatives in our country!
Suddenly and unexpected
As a conclusion for you to think about, not as politicians, but as people and possible mothers and fathers:
Yesterday evening my wife Bettina received a call from a friend.
Her 20-year-old son (student of sports science) was dead in bed with his mouth full of blood and for inexplicable reasons on Sunday morning after he got the “2nd stitch” on Friday (under pressure that he can study “in peace”) ?!?
Would you like to be affected by something like this yourself or would anyone else from our society want to receive such a blow or message?
Would you like to be jointly responsible for vaccine damage or deaths because you want to “make a population happy” with force?
I certainly do not want that, but you will all be confronted with it and will have to vote on it and at the latest then you should ask your conscience!
All the best and I would be very happy to hear from you!
Christoph Kölbl, Aigen-Schlägl, on November 22, 2021