The Left can’t stand that a successful, popular, strong conservative government is leading a country at the heart of central Europe. When that country cheerfully maintains its sovereignty and distinct national identity while still belonging to the European Union (EU) and NATO, the elites bristle. Making things worse, the country self-identifies as having a Christian heritage and being pro-family. It also accepted and aided more than 700,000 people fleeing war-torn Ukraine.
Hungary and its just reelected prime minister, Viktor Orbán, now find themselves in the crosshairs of attack for daring to be Hungarian. “How dare they?” chuff the anointed arbiters of all European cultural structures, moral norms, legal debate, and wealth redistribution. “Journalists” and media opinion-leaders are quick to join the attack slinging accusations of various “-isms,” phobias, mind-reading analyses, dog whistles, and coded messages.
“The internationalist left employs a feint, an ideological ruse: the claim—their 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 Nándorfehérvár/Belgrade, this is why we stopped the Turks at Vienna, and—if I am not mistaken—this is why, in still older times, the French stopped the Arabs at Poitiers.”
Here’s the essence of Orbán’s statement: Europeans are from Europe; Turks and Arabs from their own homelands. Fundamentally, that’s it. Various peoples are indigenous to their own regions. They have their own distinct identity, culture, history, language, religion, etc. Orbán was simply and directly advocating for the Magyar people. They are allowed to have a home and an identity. They are allowed to hand down their heritage through generations. France and Germany are free to make their own decisions, or not. They can value their own identity, culture, history, language, religion, etc.—or not.
Now is a good time to consider how a country like Hungary and a leader like Orbán can make their own choices as a nation and advance their own interests—based on faith, family, history, culture, and tradition—without threat of violence, compulsion, or intimidation—and not be subjected to false claims of racism and bigotry as a sleazy political trick.