The left hates that a popular, conservative government prospers in the heart of central Europe. When that country cheerfully maintains its sovereignty and distinct national identity while belonging to the European Union and NATO, elites bristle. Making things worse, the country self-identifies as a Christian, pro-family nation, and aided more than 700,000 refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine.
Hungary and the reelected Prime Minister Viktor Orban are in the crosshairs of attack for daring to be Hungarian. “How dare they?” chuff anointed arbiters of European moral norms, legal debate and wealth redistribution. “Journalists” and opinion leaders are quick to join in slinging accusations of various “-isms,” phobias and mind-reading analyses.
Adding to the indignation of the post-Western, globalists-in-charge is that Mr. Orban was a keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas last week. Mr. Orban gave his fearless, inspiring speech to a packed house, well-received with standing ovations. Mr. Orban told the Texas crowd that Hungary was the “Lone Star State of Europe,” while engaging in brutal truth-telling that Americans almost never hear:
“If somebody has doubts whether progressive liberals and communists are the same, just ask us, Hungarians. We fought them both, and I can tell you: They are the same.”
“Obama … tried to force us to change the Fundamental law of Hungary, and delete Christian and national values from it. Do you get it? The leading power of the free world wanted to force us to change our constitution according to a globalist liberal concept. How bizarre!”
“… Today’s progressives … separate Western Civilization from its Christian roots once again. They are crossing a line that should never be crossed. If you separate Western Civilization from its Judeo-Christian heritage, the worst things in history happen.”
“To sum up: The mother is a woman, the father is a man, and leave our kids alone. Full stop! End of discussion!”
In the corridors of Brussels and leftist editorial Zoom meetings, the same objective was made clear: “Mr. Orban and his message must be stopped!”
But Mr. Orban predicted their reactions: “I can already see tomorrow’s headlines: ‘Far-right European racist and antisemite strongman, the Trojan horse of Putin, holds speech at conservative conference.’” Mr. Orban was correct, because the “go-to” technique to silence anyone making the left nervous is “the smear,” straight out of the Saul Alinsky “Rules for Radicals,” and it often works.
Before CPAC, Mr. Orban made an annual address to the Hungarian minority in Romania. The Washington Post and their ilk will not give you Mr. Orban’s full quote with context, too busy saving keystrokes so they can write “Nazi” and “authoritarian” while advocating for the EU to withhold funds from Hungary. Here is what Mr. Orban actually said:
“The internationalist left employs a feint, an ideological ruse: The claim … that Europe by its very nature is populated by peoples of mixed race. This is a historical and semantic sleight of hand, because it conflates two different things. There is a world in which European peoples are mixed together with those arriving from outside Europe. Now that is a mixed-race world. And there is our world, where people from within Europe mix with one another, move around, work and relocate. So, for example, in the Carpathian Basin we are not mixed-race: We are simply a mixture of peoples living in our own European homeland. And, given a favorable alignment of stars and a following wind, these peoples merge together in a kind of Hungaro-Pannonian sauce, creating their own new European culture. This is why we have always fought: we are willing to mix with one another, but we do not want to become peoples of mixed-race. This is why we fought at Nandorfehervar/Belgrade, this is why we stopped the Turks at Vienna, and … in still older times — the French stopped the Arabs at Poitiers.”
Here is the essence of Mr. Orban’s statement: Europeans are from Europe; Turks and Arabs are from their own homelands. Fundamentally, that’s it. Various peoples are indigenous to their regions with distinct identities, cultures, history, languages, religions. Mr. Orban was simply advocating for the Magyar people. They are allowed to have a home and identity and hand down their heritage through generations. France and Germany are free to make their own decisions and value their own identity, culture, history, language and religion — or not.
Self-determination is the freedom to choose without external compulsion — the power of a nation to decide how it will be governed without the influence of another country. The United Nations Charter guarantees the right to self-determination in the framework of international law and diplomacy.
Now is the time to consider how a country like Hungary can make choices to advance its own interests — based on faith, family, history, culture and tradition — without the threat of compulsion or intimidation, or subjection to false claims of racism and bigotry as a sleazy political trick.
• Christopher J. Farrell is the director of investigations and research for Judicial Watch in Washington. He is a former U.S. Army counterintelligence officer.