Last Thursday, Viktor Orbán gave the speech of the beginning of his fourth term, a Christian speech that ended with these words: “Isten engem úgy segéljen” (So help me God).
As you recall, in the Hungarian parliamentary elections on April 8, the Fidesz party of Viktor Orbán and his allies of the Christian Democratic Party (KDNP) won 133 of the 199 seats in the National Assembly, just two thirds. A resounding victory that demonstrates the majority rejection of the Hungarians to the impositions of the elite of Brussels, and that has been rudely manipulated by means ideologically hostile to Orbán, in a new example of lack of professionalism and journalistic ethics of means that are said Serious
“We are Christian democrats, and we want Christian democracy”
This Thursday, Orbán’s speech took place in his fourth inauguration as Prime Minister of Hungary. The speech can be read in its entirety, translated into English, in Visegrád Post. Of the same I would like to highlight the following part:
“Liberal democracy is no longer able to protect people’s dignity, provide freedom, guarantee physical security or maintain Christian culture. Some in Europe are still tinkering with it, because they believe that they can repair it, but they fail to understand that it is not the structure that is defective: the world has changed. Our response to this changed world, the Hungarian people’s response, has been to replace the shipwreck of liberal democracy by building 21st-century Christian democracy. This guarantees human dignity, freedom and security, protects equality between men and women and the traditional family model, suppresses anti-Semitism, defends our Christian culture and offers our nation the chance of survival and growth. We are Christian democrats, and we want Christian democracy.”
It is necessary to make a note to the words of Orbán: in Hungary, as in the United States, the term “liberal” is used to refer to what in much of Europe is known as “liberal-democratic” or “progressive”, and not to the classic liberalism of thinkers like Alexis de Tocqueville, Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman. In fact, the Magyar Liberális Párt (Hungarian Liberal Party), which only has one seat, belongs to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), a coalition represented in Spain by UPyD and by Ciudadanos, parties that defend theses closer to progressivism than to classical liberalism. Equally, the Polish partner of ALDE is the Partia Demokratyczna (Democratic Party), which is part of the social democratic coalition Lewica i Demokraci (Left and Democracy).
A statement that links with the thought of Saint John Paul II
The words of Orbán in the speech of the beginning of his fourth term reminds a lot of what was written by the Polish Pope St. John Paul II in his Encyclical Veritatis Splendor, published in 1993:
Today, when many countries have seen the fall of ideologies which bound politics to a totalitarian conception of the world — Marxism being the foremost of these — there is no less grave a danger that the fundamental rights of the human person will be denied and that the religious yearnings which arise in the heart of every human being will be absorbed once again into politics. This is the risk of an alliance between democracy and ethical relativism, which would remove any sure moral reference point from political and social life, and on a deeper level make the acknowledgement of truth impossible. Indeed, «if there is no ultimate truth to guide and direct political activity, then ideas and convictions can easily be manipulated for reasons of power. As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism».”
(Photo: Dailynews Hungary)
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