Democracy, but there is no change. Why is that?
What happens to parties that want to do something radically different (or climate protection groups, for example)? They are defamed to the extreme by those who have airtime and resources and put into extremist and radical corners. The moral compass of the citizens is manipulated in such a way that these parties appear to be unelectable to the masses for suggestively invented reasons. So only a few vote in the first place.
Since we have a 5% hurdle, these parties also do not get into parliament and cannot have an effect.
What does that mean? So if I sympathise with the aims of a party that is unlikely to be represented in parliament, I vote for a party that is established and comes closest to that. Which it doesn’t actually do, because it is established and only wants to preserve the system as it is.
So nothing changes and the established parties can continue to rule in their familiar circles. In other words, they can continue with their well-known sham actions and serve their own interests. That is what the 5% hurdle is for. The comfort of the established parties and the preservation of an ailing system that benefits only a few. So it is an absurdity, but not surprising, that, for example, in election reporting, the will of the electorate is placed under „others“ instead of publicly naming these parties and analysing the results. Not even on the website of the Federal Election Commissioner do they appear other than cumulatively under Others. 4.4 million voters are ignored. They do not matter. In democracy…
It’s convenient. That’s why it’s done that way. And it is convenient to eliminate parliament in a pandemic, and it is convenient to want to have a motorway bridge built against the law without a planning approval procedure and environmental impact assessment. Simply out of the desire and will of those who empower themselves in this way. Because someone thinks that everything would go faster and better that way. The autocratic non-legal state is becoming acceptable in the minds of some local rulers. It becomes thinkable and even discussable.
Democracy is seriously being sacrificed for the convenience of procedure…. And of course of maintaining a status quo that is comfortable for the leaders….