New Courage Future Makers Needed

Politics is often so incompetent because the ingredients of mediocre people benefiting from party careers and their motivations are too banal. They are grey politicians who earn their living primarily by serving the community and who hang on the drip of pay, high pension entitlements and the perfume of power. Something they could often never achieve in life otherwise. Their ambitions are not the political ideal, but power and career.

For sound policymaking, we need many energetic men and women with character, the will to think for themselves, with a joy for redesigning, for humanity, creativity, courage and optimism. With inner musicality for the political. In addition, with knowledge and experience outside the unreal political bubble. In a vibrant democracy the parties need to be less of a career lift. We need more criticism, bottom-up decision-making, and no old blinkers.

And today?

Our ossified party systems hate new and unconventional thinkers, who we urgently need. Why? Because they are different from the majority of silent and inactive members. That alone makes them suspicious. They also hold up a mirror to the mediocre majority every day. Who likes that? Then they are also particularly active, demanding and exhausting. They even question old party members and the leadership. Decisions that have been loudly applauded in the party befo- re and are represented by the leadership. In other words: they are annoying and are consistently sifted out at party conferences. The result is a mass of yes-men and often stuffy functionaries who are neither effective nor creative. The parties are slowly abolishing themselves. They are becoming passive, boring and tired individuals merely distributing worthless party jobs.

The party management usually encourages and promotes so-called “loyalty”. As a result, members don’t express their own opinions, keep their mouths shut and clap, adapt and subordinate themselves. Mediocre people without character and courage. But not independently minded individualists rethinking our future.

True statesmanlike “loyalty” always belongs to the people themselves, to people in need, to children, to humanity and the constitution. Loyalty is a trait of individuals intent on competently shaping the future of his people.

The best, exhibiting special talent, potential, creativity and courage, are far too seldom promoted upwards in the encrusted parties and are even excluded and segregated.

The old parties regularly and in large quantities produce tasteless champignons instead of strong porcini mushrooms.

They choose people who are like themself: Pale, opportunistic and mediocre. But they are not up to the demands of a creative future policy.

Once these typical party politicians have reached the top, they use almost any means to benefit from the “honey of power” for as long as possible. They are intoxicated by the opium of power as well. That is why very few of them voluntarily relinquish their power when the time comes after many years in office. They can talk better and better, but they can think less and less creatively about the future. Incrustation and a lack of sustainability are the result. They thus jeopardise the vitality and viability of our democracy.

I can no longer bear the dominating majority of party ca- reer politicians with their lack of imagination and planning, their ideological stubbornness, anxiety, their standard phra- ses and their opportunism. They are an imposition and are blocking the pipeline to a better future.

How can we create a more humane, creative and effective policy 4.0 with mediocre individuals? That is impossible. They are squandering and blocking our future.

We need change and must fill ministerial posts according to talent and ability, as well as im- portant positions in parties and parliaments.

The empowered and the elite also feel disappointed by these boring politicians. The likely outcome: The elite loses interest in politics and leaves it to the boring mediocrity. Or it drifts to extremes.

Future-oriented policy needs clever and creative minds as well as unconventional thinkers. New women and men. Poor and wealthy. Managers and students. A colourful mixture of experienced and young people. People representing our socie- ty on a broad scale, and who are not just recruited from the camp of party officials.

There are one to three in every thousand young citizens with special skills. The undiscovered and uncut rough dia- monds and catalysts of progress, our engines of the future. We must filter out and promote these young elites, not only in politics, but in all areas. A few who are more talented, braver, more creative than the average. Even if they have more rough edges, less styled and polished for the mainstream.

Particularly capable women and men are to be found less in the villas than in the apartments of an emerging lower and middle class. 

Proposals:

1. Look for capable, committed young people in your personal environment and support these personalities on a long-term basis as a mentor.

2. Appoint a talent development officer in your party, company or association who can bring them together with experienced older people as mentors.

3. Political parties should rethink their career approach and involve more young creative people. This should become part of party programmes.

4. Half of the safe places on the national electoral lists should be filled with specially qualified and innovative indivi- duals capable of providing fresh impetus for the parties.

5. A larger number of representatives should not sit in parliaments all their lives as professional politicians but should return to their old jobs. We need a fluctuation bet- ween politics, society and business.

6. As a politician, look for several young talents of excellence in your party. Support these talents over many years and try to obtain mandates for them. They will hardly manage it alone.

7. Be courageous and fight as a proponent for a fresh policy 4.0. in your party. Start with a long march through the institutions and ally yourself with the few future-oriented people.

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