August 2, 2018 (C-Fam) – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appears to relish giving indigestion to elites of Western Europe and the European Union. He did it again on July 29 in the Romanian spa town of Băile Tuşnad at an annual event called the Bálványos Summer Open University and Student Camp.
His speech was nothing short of a call to political arms for center-right Europeans to rise up and take over the European Parliament in the coming elections.
Orbán is particularly pleased to have been given another term with a clear mandate for his vision of a stronger Hungary, which includes Hungary becoming “one of the European Union's five best countries in which to live and work,” by 2030 to halt Hungary's demographic decline, and to build a new Hungarian Defense Force. He also has eyes for reviving the economic, political, cultural, and military role of Central Europe.
Orbán argues that Central Europe possesses a “special culture,” one that is different from Western Europe. He articulated five tenets for building up Central Europe including that “every European country has the right to defend its Christian culture, and to reject the ideology of multiculturalism.” This is part of the Hungarian leader's ongoing efforts to repel what he sees as an Islamic invasion of what used to be a Christian continent.
Taking a swipe at the sexual ideologues of the European Union and the United States, Orbán's second tenet was that “every country has the right to defend the traditional family model and is entitled to assert that every child has the right to a mother and a father.”
Orbán insisted upon the right of every country to defend its borders, and a right to reject immigration. He also calls for one-nation one-vote “on the most important issues, and that this right must not be denied in the European Union.”
He praised what he sees as Europe's shift to the political right. He mentioned specifically the recent German federal election and the Austrian and Italian electoral results: “We can see that a shift to the right is a general trend across the whole of Europe.”
Orban's critics have called his populist government authoritarian and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights called his anti-immigration policies racist. Orban's supporters, however, voted him handily into a third term in April.
In his speech, Orbán explained that Europe is in decline, that “it was once a great civilization.” He said, “This was so because it dared to think, it dared to act, it was brave, and it embarked upon great endeavors.” He said this is no longer so because Europe has rejected its Christian foundation. He called out the spirit of censorship and political correctness in Western European countries. He specifically singled out European leaders who, he said, “are inadequate, and that they've been unable to defend Europe against immigration.”
He took dead aim at George Soros's vision of an open society, one that is at odds with Christianity. “In Christian Europe, there was honor in work, man had dignity, men and women were equal, the family was the basis of the nation, the nation was the basis of Europe, and states guaranteed security. In today's open-society Europe there are no borders; European people can be readily replaced with immigrants; the family has been transformed into an optional, fluid form of cohabitation; the nation, national identity, and national pride are seen as negative and obsolete notions; and the state no longer guarantees security in Europe,” he said.
Orbán has once more caused European and some American elites to reach for their antacids.
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