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Hungary ‘Lurches To The (Racist) Right’

From an outraged Der Spiegel:

Hungarian opposition Fidesz party leader Viktor Orban(C) delivers a victory speech in central Budapest on April 11, 2010.

Hungary Lurches to the Right – Orbán Triumphs in Landslide Victory

By Jan Puhl


In a massive shift to the right, Hungarians have voted the conservative opposition leader Viktor Orbán back into power. But the former prime minister will not be celebrating for long. The country is deeply in debt, society is divided and the far-right Jobbik party will be breathing down his neck.

Hungarian politician Viktor Orbán spent eight long years in opposition. In the end, he didn’t want to wait until the polls in Sunday’s Hungarian election had closed before declaring victory. By the time he went to cast his own vote, he was already proclaimed himself the new prime minister of Hungary. "Tomorrow we will wake up in a new country," he said.

Truer words were seldom spoken.

Hungary has undergone a drastic shift to the right, bringing Orbán, who was prime minister from 1998 to 2002, back into power. "Hungarians voted on Hungary and Hungary’s future," a triumphant Orbán said on Sunday night, once his victory was clear. "Today Hungary’s citizens have defeated hopelessness."

The preliminary election results show just how great the desire for a change in favor of the conservatives was in Hungary. Orbán’s Fidesz party won around 53 percent of the vote. The party that came in second place, the governing left-leaning Socialist Party, trailed far behind, with around 19 percent of the votes. The result was not even half of the 43 percent which the Socialists won in the 2006 election.

And they narrowly avoided an even worse defeat: The far-right Jobbik party secured around 17 percent of the vote and almost made it into second place. Jobbik will now enter parliament for the first time, as will the environmentalist party Politics Can Be Different (LMP), which got 7 percent of the votes.

Orbán’s victory required little effort on his part, given the amount of popular anger against the Socialists’ minority government and Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, who is not affiliated with any party…

Orbán kept a low profile in the weeks leading up to the election. He gave no interviews, not even to Hungarian newspapers…

In his few campaign appearances, he promised to get business and the health care system "back into shape," guarantee public safety, reduce taxes and create 1 million new jobs within a decade

He will indeed need all the help he can get. Back in 2008, Hungary nearly went bankrupt. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union and the World Bank had to come to the country’s assistance with a €20 billion ($27 billion) loan. In return, Bajnai promised a tough austerity program. He radically slashed government spending and reduced the budget deficit from 9 percent of gross domestic product to 4 percent.

Orbán had railed against this course of action with excessive rhetoric. But what should he do now? Hungary is still strapped for cash, and the new government has no money available for gifts to the electorate

Der Spiegel just doesn’t get it, do they?

The threat comes less from the Socialists, who have fallen too low and will be engaged in recriminatory navel-gazing for the foreseeable future. The real danger to Orbán comes from the right, from the fascistic Jobbik party, which agitates against Roma [Gypsies], Jews and especially the political establishment, which it considers to be entirely made up of corrupt criminals. Jobbik leader Gabor Vona is co-founder of the paramilitary organization Hungarian Guard, which was legally banned in 2008, and whose uniforms evoked those of Hungary’s fascist Arrow Cross Party during World War II.

So far, Jobbik has directed its attacks against the Socialists. But now Orbán himself runs the risk of becoming the target of Jobbik’s cheap and hate-filled tirades.

Ironically, Orbán is largely responsible for the fact that Jobbik is now stronger than ever. Orbán has changed since his first term in office. At the time, he was a liberal; now he is a right-wing conservative who enjoys playing with nationalist rhetoric and is trying to compete with the far-right in terms of ideology. He has cultivated a political style which purports to despise compromises and has denounced his political opponents as "enemies" of the nation.

The result could be that the demons which Orbán has evoked may soon be chasing after him.

As usual, any news about any electoral victory for conservatives in Europe is either portrayed as racist or ignored all together.

But look at the pattern in election after election – with Germany being just the latest.

And the Democrats still think it can’t happen here.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Hungary ‘Lurches To The (Racist) Right’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Name calling.

    Now we’re Lurch.

    Is there no end to these callous slurs?

  2. proreason says:

    As I’ve said many times, despite the last few decades, Europeans aren’t people who let themselves be run over.

    The military tradition is long and deep, for virtually every nationality.

    It’s where Mark Steyn goes wrong in his assumption that Europe will become Muslim.

    I think it’s more likely Muslims will be eradicated, in a “lurch” by people whose ancestors took Europe by force, fought the Romans for centuries, developed the military cultures of the Middle Ages, fought the Crusades, the Hundred Year War, the wars of nationality, WWI and WWII.

    They aren’t cowards, no matter what the commisars in Belgium think.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Unless you have another Vlad the Impaler to keep the Ottoman’s out, they are going to keep coming in.

      I don’t see people fighting back against the Muslim hoards that pour in every year. As soon as the rest of the world gets wind of it, the U.N. comes in, countries impose sanctions, then there is crimes against humanity trials and all that.

      Gotta give the Muslims some credit: They may be be a group of invaders, but they attack as lone wolfs, and as we have seen, it is nearly impossible to control and predict small cells or individuals. The system looks innocent, while they pay and train the lone wolf to do their dirty work.

    • proreason says:

      “Unless you have another Vlad the Impaler to keep the Ottoman’s out, ”

      That’s exactly what will happen.

  3. Right of the People says:

    You may be right Pro but the thing that disturbs me is that it has taken so long for them to remove the heads from the anal cavities. They had to go way down the socialist path before wising up. I don’t want to see us even go any further towards the dark side then the moron in the WH as already shoved us.

    • proreason says:

      ROP, there are several factors about Europe that make it significantly different than the US.

      The two World Wars took a much heavier toll in Europe than the US. US casualties were 600,000. Russian casualtes were 20 million. German casualties were 6 million. Allied casualties were many millions. Generations were wiped out in both wars.

      So Europeans became, understandably, much more anti-war than the US.

      Next, the US has essentially defended Europe since WWII. European military budgets have been about nil. That money was directed into socialist programs (unemployment insurance, unsustainable retirement benefits). They have been feasting for decades, and there is only a slowly growing awareness that the debt cannot be paid without a massive re-structuring of society.

      Next, the birthrate in every European country is lower than the replenishment rate that has never before been reversed.

      Next, the labor supply at the low end has become either Muslim or Turkish. That is particularly acute in France.

      All of this has conspired to make Europeans much more accepting of socialism and much less agressive than Americans have ever been. What is hard for them to see is that they are very close to the point of no return. Mark Steyn thinks they are past the point of no return.

      My argument is that despite the demographics, I believe they are still warriors at heart, and that we will begin to see movements like the one in Hungary where that spirit emerges.

      My view is that easy living doesn’t trump genes. There will come a day when Europe says enough is enough. It could result in another world war. At the very least, it will be ugly and violent.

      Steyn doesn’t think there are enough males left and that the world will simply become muslim. With modern technology, I think it it will not take many males and it is hard for me to imagine working class Europeans submitting to Islam.

      And as for the US, I would rather see us confront the unsustainable problems now rather than wait until violence begins to appear to be the only solution. Stupidly naive liberalss think the country’s biggest problem is income distribution. I think the country’s biggest problem is that there are about 190 countries that would like to dismember the US and divide up the spoils.

  4. Right of the People says:


    I’m with you on that. I spent 3 years in Germany back in the early 70’s while in the employ of my Uncle Sammy wearing a green suit and the Germans, particularly of my parents generation were extremely apologetic about WWII. At that time there still was a pretty good work ethic going on but you could see the changes that were happening mostly among the Germans of my generation. There was already a growing Turkish population who were doing the same types of menial jobs the Mexicans are doing here in the US because by that time, the typical German felt they were below them.

    This of course has led to slovenliness in the general public. I traveled quite a bit at the time and saw the same thing happening in France and Holland. The last time I was in England visiting our daughter just last year, I felt like I was at the UN. More than half of the shops in big cities like York and Manchester are now owned by either Indian/Pakis or Arabs of different flavors. I could see England becoming Islamic very easily especially since Shiarh (sp?) being allowed.

    Getting back to our own mess, this November is both a golden opportunity and might just be a last ditch chance to turn things around. If we can’t at least take back the House and draw even in the Senate, we might not be able to reverse the main damage, The Won, Drooling Barney, San Fran Nan and that worthless piece of donkey excrement from Nevada have done.

    I’ve read a few articles where some pundits think if we can keep the discord going and in the public eye until the elections that a turn over in the House as many as 185 to 200 seats might be possible given the right set of circumstances. The same for the Senate but of course not on the same scale because only 33% of Senate seats are up for change at one time.

    We’ve all got to do our part to wake up the uninformed and our comfortably numb neighbors and get them to vote for the right people.

  5. Mithrandir says:

    When people have lots of money b/c of capitalism, they start throwing it around to the beggars until they get socialism. Then when they run out of money, run up debt, they want to get rid of all the parasites and start over with capitalism again.

    Capitalism is great, until you run out of money.

    Socialism is great, until you run out of OTHER PEOPLE’S money.

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