For many Germans, it remains out of the question to vote for the Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD).
The boycott of the AFD by the establishment parties and the media is only part of the reason, though a crucial one. The other part has to do with the AfD itself – its members, its program, its spirit.
The effect of the systematic boycott of the AFD has been to drive the party into an insular and at times victim mindset which has prevented a rational analysis of its problems. And so the AfD keeps wondering: Mommy, why doesn’t anyone want to have sex with me?
The AfD carries on as a political party in the toughest of circumstances. Everything it proposes in the Bundestag is categorically rejected, and not by accident. The goal of the establishment parties is to crush the AfD, to make it count for nothing, until its voters get tired and stop voting for the party, a party which cannot seem to change things where they are changed, that is, in parliament.
Unless the AfD can attract more votes, it may continue to exist, but it will not see better days.
The AfD fills a sore need in German politics, and that is the need for a genuine opposition to the incompetence of the establishment parties. Many of the problems of modern Germany are politically made, which also means they can be more or less easily solved by politics. Less ideology, more common sense.
But that is exactly the problem of the AfD, a problem which it refuses to see.
The positions and campaigns of the AfD on the important societal subjects of family and same-sex relationships remain thoroughly ideological and antiquated. The AfD does not see same-sex families as normal, genuine families; at best, they are partnerships. As a party that has recently started to call itself the freedom party, it refuses to see same-sex marriage as genuine victories of freedom and human rights. In fact, it wants to repeal same-sex marriage. The AfD likes to say it has nothing against homosexuals, and thinks it is a sufficient alibi. The other dependable alibi is Alice Weidel.
As an opposition party, the AfD is unable to offer a balanced criticism on real aberrations such as the hyper-sexualization of homosexual and transgender people, or the abuse of gender ideas to promote dangerous medical interventions in children and young people, for example. Its combative approach, useful and necessary in many cases, is unsuited to the needs of the debate, which requires a calm voice of measured opposition.
These are missed opportunities for the AfD, but what is more important, it has no intention of ever seizing those opportunities. As long as Bjorn Höcke and his clan rule the AfD from behind the scenes, no change will come, not even with the bitter taste of successive electoral defeats.
The damage done to the AfD by refusing to take a sensible and positive line on these subjects cannot be underestimated. Who wants to have sex with a party with zero sex appeal?