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Conservatives call for ban on The Left party amid commie flap

The Local · 6 Jan 2011, 15:47

Published: 06 Jan 2011 15:47 GMT+01:00

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Speaking the party conference of his Christian Social Union (CSU) in Wildbad Kreuth, Seehofer said that Lötzsch's comments this week justified exploring ways to proscribe the party. At the same time, he announced a tougher debate with “political opponents, including The Left.”

Seehofer said he absolutely had sympathy for the demands by CSU General Secretary Alexander Dobrindt, who on Wednesday said that any party that acted like The Left ran the risk of not just being monitored by the authorities “but also that a ban could under the circumstances be considered.”

Lötzsch had announced “that she wanted to adopt communism in Germany, that this is a stated goal of The Left party in Germany,” Dobrindt claimed.

She was therefore standing outside the constitution, which meant The Left party had to be “urgently monitored” by the country's domestic intelligence agencies, he said.

It was unfortunate that The Left party, which is the successor to East Germany's communist party, was falling back into old patterns, he added.

In Monday’s edition of the leftist newspaper Junge Welt, Lötzsch published a commentary about the pursuing communism. Included in the piece was the statement:

“We can only find the paths to communism if we set out and try them out, whether in opposition or in government.”

However, in the last sentence of the article, she also spoke out for democratic socialism as the future motto.

Lötzsch later told news magazine Der Spiegel: “The Left party is leftist-socialist.

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We are and will not become a communist party. And I will not become a member of the communist platform.”

Despite CSU rhetoric, banning the party, which regularly polls about 10 percent support nationally, is highly unlikely. Such talk of proscription is normally reserved for far-right parties such as the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party.


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18:54 January 6, 2011 by ngwanem
ha! banning the left party? what about banning all the NPDs and the extreme right-wingers first? seehofer should really pay visit to the sea to get some fresh air... because i'm afraid inland air is blurring his thoughts...
19:12 January 6, 2011 by derExDeutsche
I don't understand why she didn't divert all questions to her 'Official Answering of Imperialist's Q&A' Handbook.

Chapter 1 ' 'What Communism? Can you even define Communism?'

Chapter 2 ' Failed?! Marxism has never ACTUALLY been tried.

Chapter 3 ' We care for people! No, really, its why we build these walls, to keep everyone else OUT of our Social Utopias!'

That would have settled it, right quick. I am sure she'll be getting an re-education shortly.
00:56 January 7, 2011 by Louis Prince
I think the problem with the social lefts is, the party is born out of communism and although publicly the party seems moderate and the leaders may even strive to be only mildly socialistic, the roots of communism is in the party and communism is descibed by many as a desease that can lead to total chaos, so it is possible that it could unwillingly creep into the minds of leaders and followers of the lefts.
01:12 January 7, 2011 by teutonic-knight
They should abolish the left party. Communism brings degenaration and destruction to a country.
01:32 January 7, 2011 by fryintl
I understand they have Gulags for people like her, I'm sorry, social Country Clubs. If we give them a choice of the bullet and teh guilletine, maybe they will thanks us for the freedom of choice....
01:50 January 7, 2011 by bernie1927
I don't understand. Shouldn't you have total freedom of choice? Are you that afraid of the left and the right? Is your system so corrupt that you only will selectively listen to the people? The people should have the final say and if they choose a system that does not suit your idea of democracy, then you better make some changes - and soon. Your government should be "by the people for the people". Neither the extreme right nor the extreme left are desirable but the government should reflect the will of the people. Next thing you know you will forbid thinking.
08:57 January 7, 2011 by bartschaff
Trying to ban a popularly supported party is an antidemocratic and therefore anticonstitutional: the CSU should be banned for that.

Germans might be slow, but they are indeed learning from the Tea Party...
12:15 January 7, 2011 by Portnoy
You're right bartschaff! The Tea Party is an excellent example of what not to do! If you're going to ban somebody, ban the NPD but don't ban anybody. Give decent alternatives instead (or listen to the people a little more often a la Stuttgart 21).
15:09 January 7, 2011 by storymann
In a Democratic society I also believe you should have the right to choose..making groups go underground only radicalizes them...Keep them in view,makes for better transparency..

I remember years ago my cousin attended the University of New Hampshire,Late 50s,,he attended one communist meeting, He later applied for a position with the FBI,whom his best friend was employed with..He did not get the job and later found out they had recorded him as a communist ,and you know the rest of the story.
21:46 January 7, 2011 by Wise Up!
Communists = Nazis. What is the difference? Ban both or ban neither.
01:37 January 8, 2011 by wenddiver
Let's put the Lady on her own path straight to the Gulag or at least confine her in Gitmo with the other toic social elements.
02:56 January 8, 2011 by teutonic-knight
@ Wise up!, actually they are completely opposite.
13:51 January 8, 2011 by ebbelwoiguy
What essentials make them opposites? Stalin set the stage for mass exterminations which the Nazis emulated later on. The Soviets nationalized business while the Nazis nationalized people. They belong together.
16:14 January 8, 2011 by derExDeutsche
In my opinion, the only difference between Commies and Nazis, is that Nazis are remembered as being Anti-Semitic. Other than that, what is the REAL difference? Both killed Millions in Work Camps and Prisons(Commies many more and for longer). If winners didn't write history, Adolf could have taken his place alongside Napoleon, Alexander, Gengis Kahn, Lenin. Someone that attempted to bring the world under his power.

Germans on the other hand LOVE to put one party on the right and the other on the left. Makes no real sense being that both Nazis and Commies are born out of Socialism. But it makes Germans happy as they continue on with many of the same social ideologies as their forefathers, minus the Antisemitism, I would hope.
02:12 January 9, 2011 by Bishopbayern
ban them no country ever prospers under the lefty brigade
05:09 January 9, 2011 by DOZ
Better to ban Recessions, since these are the cycles that bring dangerous levels of Left and Right.
11:34 January 9, 2011 by Satanya_SS

FBI agents reach that position through merit, stratification and might, to name a few of the anathema elements of communism.

Someone who would be shocked by not seeing steak on a vegetarian menu, should go back to practice matching balls to circles and boxes to squares, first, before proceeding to attempt any further conclusion making thought.

16:12 January 10, 2011 by msparida
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