Should India stop its moral policing

Corona crisis: These are really the pillars of our society

Thanks to the corona crisis, we are recognizing more and more clearly who really deserves to be valued in our society. The top managers tend not to be.

Since there was Corona, some professions have received new appreciation that deserve it. These are the people who work in the health system, in hospitals and retirement homes, in intensive care units and in homes for the demented. Moral appreciation is good, a higher salary is of course even better, because hard work should be rewarded more generously. Probably happens too, if not it would be a shame.

Corona allows new perspectives on society, which is not bad. What is important and what is less important can now be said in more detail. Whoever contributes to the whole and who only pretends to be, shows how casually these days.

Forbearance should be over

As it happens, the public prosecutor's office recently passed the resolution to bring charges against Martin Winterkorn, VW's chairman at the time of the tampering with the exhaust system. OK then. As it turns out, the Bafin and the Treasury Secretary have to be asked at the moment why they did not notice that Wirecard was a monstrous wind egg - while two British journalists read the numbers and sounded the alarm. As it happens, since yesterday German banks have had to declare whether they contributed to money laundering - after the many scandals surrounding cum-ex deals, currency manipulation, etc.

It is strange that since the great financial crisis of 2008 the series of scandals in the heart of capitalism has not stopped. Those up there should be ashamed of themselves, you might say, and they should go into their own minds, and otherwise it is only logical if they stand before a judge who will convict them appropriately. The time of forbearance with those who see themselves as the pillars of society should be over.

The police should be valued more

The time of appreciation for the really supporting pillars should not end. There are good reasons for this and there is a lot of catching up to do elsewhere. Which brings me to one of my latest favorite topics: the police officers.

Yesterday there was a lateral thinker demonstration in Düsseldorf. Several thousands came, called by a man named Michael Schele from Hagen, a DJ who says he has not had any jobs since the beginning of the Corona crisis. Those who came did not wear a mask because they thought the pandemic was a lie, an invention by whoever.

Doing a thankless job for the common good

What matters to me: Every one of these marches is passively accompanied by young police officers, no matter how close together the demonstrators roam the streets, how much they make fun of the government or make vile comments about it, and no matter what other rules they violate still violated. It's Sunday, the sun is shining, the glory of late summer and several hundred are on duty. What is going through your head?

It may well be that some of these police officers are secretly showing sympathy for the demonstrations. It is quite possible that a majority of them will grind their teeth because violations of corona rules will go unpunished.

This work is the norm in the life of young police officers, regardless of whether they are in the vicinity of the squatted houses on Rigaer Straße, in arguments with hooligans in crowded football stadiums or at clan weddings that have gone wild. They are right in the thick of it, they stand up, they enforce law and order. They do a thankless job for the common good, that is, for us, and get little benefit from it, both materially and morally.

The Federal President has shown the way

How about appreciation? The Federal President recently started when he invited the three policemen onto the steps of the Reichstag. Imitation recommended.

I come to this because someone is calling for the ultimate in unmasking the latent racism in the police, ideally through a study that proves all the prejudices that Saskia Esken or Bodo Ramelow harbor. What if they were right? What would follow from this?

You can't wish that you were right. They only react verbatim because bright cases invite them to do so.

Seehofer's rejection of the police study doesn't help anyone

But it goes without saying that people who send malicious emails to lawyers, politicians and other figures in public life from their offices have no business in the police. It is also clear that people who got stuck deep in the Hitler era have no business in the police. Whether they were right-wing sleepers or radicalized themselves on duty would be of burning interest to me, but the best way to find out is through their cases - with solid, alert police work.

As reflexively as leftists suing for a study according to their ideas, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer defends them reflexively. That doesn't help anyone. A study is expected at the end of September, which the Office for the Protection of the Constitution should work out on the security authorities - from the BND to the customs office to the police. I am curious whether she will help to find the truth or not want to hurt anyone.

There are around 250,000 police officers in Germany. Almost a third of them come from immigrant families, not just a few. Not a bad relationship. There are certainly everyday debates among civil servants about what is racist and what is still possible, when a border is crossed and how they should deal with right-wing colleagues and when they should report one of them to their superiors.

Everyday study would be useful

For a study that describes everyday life and deals with internal conflicts, which tells me how demos à la Düsseldorf or Berlin affect those in uniform who run next to the demonstrators and listen to what theories about them up there in the stands Society is spread and what that does to them - I would be interested in that. Because normally the work shapes the attitude of the worker to work, what else?

Are you getting crazy about your job? Cynical? What do they conclude for themselves from the experiences and what do they tell when they come home to their families?

This would automatically result in a study of the attitudes of police officers and policemen towards their job and their country. A mentality study about a certain milieu within the security authorities, from which consequences could be drawn, especially if it were designed as free of prejudice as possible.

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  • Subjects:
  • News,
  • Coronavirus,
  • Viral infection,
  • Gerhard Spörl,
  • Police,
  • Corona crisis,
  • BND,
  • Saskia Esken,
  • Racism,
  • Money laundering,
  • Martin Winterkorn,
  • Financial crisis,
  • Thomas de Maizière,
  • Defense of Constitution,
  • Bodo Ramelow,
  • Wirecard