German Far-Left Party Takes State Parliament – Communists Return to Power 25 Years After Fall of Berlin Wall
The communists are rising again in Europe and what better place to start than Germany. Never again is continuously morphing into never mind… The communists gave their heartfelt apologies to the German citizens for their brutality and murderous ways in the past. They swear it will be different this time. But you know what? It never is. The great victories over communism by Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul II have been forgotten and made irrelevant by global Marxists. The Berlin Wall fell, but communism is resurrected.
Bodo Ramelow, head of the leftist Die Linke party faction in the Thuringia state parliament
Photo: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images
From the Telegraph:
Germany’s far-Left party has returned to power in a state government for the first time since the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, stoking heated debate about its communist roots.
The Left Party, widely seen as the successor to the Socialist Unity Party (SED) that once ruled East Germany, will head the government of Thuringia after the state parliament narrowly voted to approve a new coalition.
The new state prime minister, Bodo Ramelow, used his first speech in parliament to apologise to victims of the former communist regime, and said he wanted to “reconcile rather than divide”.
Thousands of people braved sub-zero temperatures on the streets of the state capital, Erfurt, on Thursday night to protest against the expected result of the vote.
Angela Merkel predicted the decision would be “bad news” for Thuringia, while the German President, Joachim Gauck, broke with the traditional neutrality of his role to speak out against it.
But the state parliament voted to approve Mr Ramelow’s three-way coalition after the Social Democrats, Mrs Merkel’s partner in the federal government, rejected an alliance with her Christian Democrats in the state.
The coalition, which is completed by the Green Party, will have a majority of just one seat in the state parliament.
Although Mr Ramelow grew up in West Germany, many of the Left Party’s leadership were senior figures in the East German communist party and some have been accused of links with the Stasi secret police.
Thuringia was part of East Germany until reunification, and many have expressed dismay at the former communists’ return to power.
“Old SED [Socialist Unity Party] comrades and Stasi informers run the state now,” said Rainer Wagner, chairman of the Union of Victims’ Associations of Communist Tyranny.
“Many who were in prison in the GDR [East Germany] are very upset,” the director of the Stasi memorial in Berlin, Hubertus Knabe, told Nord-West Zeitung newspaper. “They feel that the lessons of history have been forgotten.”
Mrs Merkel’s spokesman issued a terse statement: “It is government practice that the Chancellor sends each elected [state] prime minister her congratulations, and that, of course, is what she does in this case”.
Bodo Ramelow (2nd R) of the Left party (Die Linke) is congratulated by Christine Lieberknecht, former state premier of Thuringia, after succeeding her, in parliament in Erfurt December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Merkel thinks this is “bad news.” You think? That’s like calling a nuclear bomb detonation a minor inconvenience. But then again, Merkel has deep communist roots herself. Merkel has a more than cuddly relationship with Russia, but the Christian Democrats elected her anyway. Merkel grew up in communist East Germany. She freely admitted joining the Free German Youth, the communist youth organization, and a photo surfaced showing her in a communist uniform. She hid her role in the youth group as secretary for agitation and propaganda, instead depicting herself as someone engaged in “cultural” affairs. So, you see… there is little room here to finger point. Commies of a feather.
Thuringia voted in September in state elections which were razor thin. This lead to a lengthy negotiation involving four parties. Eventually the three left-leaning parties agreed on a coalition and the state assembly elected the Left party’s Bodo Ramelow, a 58-year-old trade unionist from West Germany, as premier of Thuringia. This guy’s a real winner. He is known for stating emotionally: “We need reconciliation instead of division.” Gee – sounds like the American Left. This was said in a speech to the 91-seat assembly. Ramelow is an unabashed backer of socialism and campaigned for September’s election with a bright red bust of Karl Marx at his side. He is pro-Russian in the extreme. See a trend here? Beware of fog and mirrors. When it comes to communism, things are never what they seem.
Witness the rise of the German communists and the new Stasi secret police. History is repeating itself. Next on the greatest hits list – genocide, slaughter and conquest. Germany could well join the new Axis of Evil: Russia, China and Iran in their war plans. It’s a global game of RISK that is playing out before our eyes, but Americans seem to be utterly clueless they are already at war. Pretty hard not to defeat an enemy who doesn’t even realize they are on the battlefield, much less being conquered.
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