(SZ) The question of what politicians are and what are not is something that concerns the public every now and then, and Olaf Scholz has also had his experiences with this. When the former ambassador of Ukraine to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, said that Scholz was an insulted liverwurst, the linguistic esthete and politeness advocate Wolfgang Kubicki, among others, stood protectively in front of the Chancellor – in a sentence that is still memorable today, Kubicki declared: “Olaf Scholz is not a sausage .” In the wake of the farmers’ protests, Olaf Scholz once again spoke out in a video message on the question of being and not being. He criticized calls for violence and other verbal armaments. According to Scholz, it is important to maintain “moderation” in everything. Incidentally, the following applies: “Political opponents are not ‘full-headed’ https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/.”
That’s all well and good, but in all of this, has anyone thought about the poor post? For a long time, he endured his existence as the nation’s whipping boy patiently and in silence on the football field. Whenever strikers took too precise measurements and didn’t find the center, there was a loud clap. Fan curves were whispering, commentators were falling over themselves – what a blast! But no one ever went up to the post and asked if everything was okay, no one ever gave him a hug. Even legends of the game like Günter Netzer played the post more cleverly than all opponents by questioning his loyalty. According to Netzer, the post is “a friend of the goalkeeper”, but one that “he cannot always rely on”. As a result of such slander, the post finally left the playing field and found its way into the popular repertoire via the arduous detour of youth language. There he is now what is in English fair game is called fair game, namely, which the former biathlete Verena Bentele once shot particularly artfully. Bentele said, to the amusement of not only her interlocutor Erwin Pelzig, that as a blind person she could distinguish between light and dark, but occasionally could not tell whether she was standing in front of a man – or a post.
Of course, what Olaf Scholz says is true: politicians are not idiots. But anyone who puts the connotation of the word aside and thinks about it further will quickly end up asking themselves whether the comparison is really so disgraceful? Finally, a good stickler stands on a stable foundation of values, he shows backbone and stays straight as an arrow, even when the winds shift and the weather whips. And what’s more, the post reliably provides the left and right frame within which opportunities can be converted and leads achieved. Yes, there is no other way to say it: the full post is a pillar of democracy.