|Second Hungarian uprising is as inspirational as the first
Upon Reading Scotland on Sunday on Hungary
Sunday 15 January 2012 00:00
As a (Lutheran) roommate of a dear and late (Catholic) friend from Scotland during my Canadian years, I bow with profound respect to his memory for his brotherly friendship, but also extend my deep gratitude for his native countrys inimitably eloquent, deeply insightful, and brave treatment of whats going on in todays Hungary with the below editorial penned by todays Scotland on Sunday.
The editorial disposes point by point the calumnies of a veritable international media vendetta, coupled with an ever-tightening financial squeeze by the IMF, the European Central Bank ECB), and the unelected European Union commissars, err, commissioners, unleashed by the internationalist-turned-globalist power brokers of the New York-Washington-Brussels axis of the New world Order. They are being aided and abetted by the still powerful progeny of the Bela Kun, Mayas Rákosi, and Kadar-Aczel opposition of Communists-turned Socialists and their fellow-traveling neo-left-liberal Free Democrat allies. The former were roundly defeated and the latter booted out of the Hungarian Parliament altogether by a Hungarian electorate that, finally shedding over four decades of historical amnesia, returned in the April 2010 elections what is perhaps Europes most legitimate government with a clear-cut conservative-national mandate.
With its virtually unprecedented supermajority, the Orban coalition government (with the Christian Democrats) has proceeded to implement its massive mandate to complete the 1989-1990 systemic but flawed transition from Communist rule by the restoration of Hungarian historical constitutional continuity and a series of implementing legislation. In so doing, it had the temerity to reflect a thousand-year Hungarian tradition by making reference to the moral precepts of Christianity (something for which the erstwhile Euro-Communist authors of the European Unions constitution, the Lisbon Treaty, found no room not even for a mere reference that then was rejected wherever it was put to the public, as in France, Holland, and Ireland. Not surprisingly, the disgraced Hungarian Socialist Gyurcsany government rushed headlong to be the first to ratify the Lisbon Treaty.
Despite, or rather because of, their glaring parliamentary diminution, the current generation of the Communist-era opposition has retained its tight grip on the mainstream Hungarian media and on its wealth amassed during the fire-sale privatization schemes during the twilight years of the Kadar era and their own 12-year rule after the 1989-90 end of the Soviet one-party and command-economy model. The international finance also dreads the possible contagion effect of Orban governments unorthodox measures, e.g., spreading the burden of the eurozone-crisis fallout on a heavily indebted Hungary by imposing a temporary crisis-tax on the mostly foreign-owned banks, and other one-off measures to minimize the impact on the public.
Ominously, the IMF, ECB, and the EU thinly disguised designs are to bring down the Orban government. Or, at a minimum, undermine its popularity by holding it hostage to accepting further belt-tightening measures on an already impoverished Hungarian populace, and forcing it to repeal or emasculate the new constitution in return for extending a standby credit that the country does not now need.
Make no mistake: what the trounced domestic Hungarian opposition and its foreign handlers are up to is nothing less that to turn the Hungarian public on the Orban government for the new austerity measures in return for extending a new a credit facility, thus compounding the countrys already heavy debt burden, much of which a legacy of the elder Communist generation of todays Socialist and neo-lib opposition.
There is no telling that the nefarious tactic will not work. The average Hungarian, misled and misinformed by the opposition-controlled media, and already feeling the sting of the Orban-government imposed austerity measures needed to deal with the debt, may not see through the real cause and motive behind the new hardships and myopically may turn to blame the incumbent government.
The Scotland on Sunday editorial is so profound and humbling that I hesitate to note a missing historical link between the two countries that is left unmentioned, a reference to St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland (1045-1093), a Saxon princess who was born and raised in the royal court of King Andrew I of Hungary. But then, who is to say that it is not her spirit shining through the editorial.
With this preamble, I offer this rare exception of a gem for your Sunday reading enjoyment and edification on the assumption that hardly any one of the recipients of this collective message could have escaped at least some exposure to the vitriolic torrent of invectives leveled at the legitimate Hungarian government. Some of the anti-Orban diatribe goes so far as to call for a regime change, legally if possible or by other means if necessary, all in the name of restoring democracy.
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Second Hungarian uprising is as inspirational as the first
Published on Sunday 15 January 2012 00:00
WHEN all the usual suspects the European Union, the United Nations, the IMF, the leftist commentariat, Hillary Clinton et al are hand-wringing and getting their underpinnings in a twist over some alleged affront to the New World Order, it is a pretty reliable indication that someone, somewhere is doing something uncharacteristically constructive.
So it is with the chorus of condemnation of Hungary over its new constitution, which came into effect on 1 January. As the lamentations of the bien-pensants suggest, it is a long time since any western nation produced a document of such intellectual and cultural integrity, moral worth and wholly admirable quality. In the moral desert of 21st-century Europe, it is startling to find this gem of traditional values, patriotic assertion and respect for genuine freedom. Naturally, Brussels and Obama-occupied Washington are anxious to force its repeal: they should read some Hungarian history before embarking on such a futile confrontation.
The first issue that has provoked dismay among critics is that Hungary is no longer a republic. The words Republic of have been excised from the nations official title. According to left-wing commentators, this suggests democracy is in danger. Considering that Hungary was declared a republic on 1 February, 1946, by a Communist-controlled government that had gained power with 17 per cent of the vote, the term hardly seems redolent of civic liberties. By its immemorial constitutional tradition, Hungary is ruled by the Holy Crown of St Stephen, the ultimate symbol of authority. The royal seal of Hungarian kings did not bear the monarchs name but the inscription: The seal of the Holy Crown of Hungary. [Yes, time has come to inform Madame Secretary and her principals that Hungary owes nothing to the US, with the possible exception of its safeguarding in Fort Knox, Kentucky, the Holy Crown of St. Stephen from May 1945 until its ill-timed and insensitively executed return to the Communist regime in January 1978. I know because I was called upon as intelligence and foreign affairs analyst for Poland and Hungary to shield the Carter administration from the fury of the majority of the HungarianAmerican community. Ironically, official confirmation of the Crowns pending return fell on November 4, 1977, the 21st anniversary of the massive Soviet attack that crushed the David and Goliath glorious October 1956 Revolution and Freedom Fight. Comment added.]
The removal of republican nomenclature was the culmination of a process begun under a new law, the Lex Millenaris, when the royal regalia were carried in procession to the Hungarian parliament on January 1, 2000, as the symbols of authority. Although the monarchy has not been restored in the person of an individual, if a Habsburg restoration were eventually thought politic the Archduke Georg [actually Gyorgy], the Magyarized son of the late Crown Prince Otto, already resides in Budapest. Hungarys post-Habsburg history has been tragic. At the Treaty of Trianon in 1920, Woodrow Wilson robbed Hungary of 71 per cent of its territory, 66 per cent of its population and its only seaport. That was a preliminary taste of American foreign policy initiatives.
The new constitution makes the classic statement of Burkean philosophy: Our Basic Law is the foundation of our legal system; it is a contract between Hungarians past, present and future. That recognition of the seamless continuum of history and the transience of generations stands head and shoulders above the trashy verbiage of EU treaties. Not only does it recognise the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood, it professes that the family and the nation constitute the principal framework of our coexistence. No wonder it is anathema to the Frankfurt Marxists of the EU.
It protects human life from the moment of conception and defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. It lists the crimes of Communism and lifts the statute of limitations that protected the criminals of the Soviet era who despatched 600,000 Hungarians to concentration camps. Hungarys transition to democracy is often called painless, because the Red nomenklatura saw the game was up, liquidated state assets and became the new rich. The Hungarian Socialist Workers Party dropped one word [Workers] from its title and soon regained power: Ferenc Gyurcsány, prime minister from 2006 to 2009, was the former president of the Communist Youth Organisation. In a world where nonagenarian Nazis who should have been hanged in 1945 are carried into court in oxygen tents, why is it an outrage for Hungary now to target Red murderers? Well, err, because the right commits atrocities, the left commits mistakes.
Judicial activism is also being curbed by lowering the retirement age for judges from 70 to 62. The president of the Supreme Court requires at least five years Hungarian judicial experience, which eliminates the incumbent who instead has 17 years experience of going native in the European Court of Human Rights. Yet the biggest canard is that it is undemocratic for the government to gain influence within the Hungarian Central Bank. Why? Because elected representatives may overrule cronyism among the bonus-entitled classes exactly what every European electorate yearns for in vain.
The Hungarian constitution reflects an awakening of cultural and moral sensibilities, a revolt against Brussels-directed integration and PC impositions. It is the product of a highly civilised nation reclaiming its heritage and autonomy. It should be an inspiration to the rest of Europe, marinated in moral relativism and political passivity. As this noble document states, we have an eminent need of spiritual and intellectual renewal.Ť
|A MAGYAR LOBBI AKCIÓ FELHÍVÁSA
Dr. Olli Ilmari Rehn
Vice President of the European Commission for Economic Matters
1049 Brussels, Belgium
T: +32 (0)2 296 5745
Dear Dr. Rehn,
I like to inform you that on the streets of Budapest people say, In 1956 the tanks, now the banks! As you know in 1956, the Hungarians rose up, refusing to be slaves and mortally wounded the Soviet empire. Today, they are beginning to take the same attitude toward the EU and the IMF. This trend must be reversed and you can help to stop it.
Hungarians want to keep the independence of the Hungarian National Bank (MNB). They argue that the MNB does not belong to Dr. András Simor or Dr. Zsigmond Járay, that the banks money is their money and such decisions, as setting the interest rates or printing new money is the sovereign right of the Hungarians. They believe that the greedy lenders should share in the consequences of their past behavior and therefore forgiving some of the debt and taxing them is fair. They also refer to Greece where the banks forgave 50% of that nations debt and also refer to Iceland, which nation chose bankruptcy and that act resulted in a loss to the lenders, but protected the man of the street and now their economy is growing again.
Hungary does not want to follow that example, Hungary was a part of and the defender of Europe for 1,000 years, she wants to remain part of the EU, but I also know that the far-right politicians want to leave the EU, I know that the EU issued a 500 billion rescue package for others and Hungary received nothing from that and most importantly I know that for the EU, IMF and the other banks, the claim that they are worried about democracy is only an excuse, since the Hungarian Government is willing to live up to all EU rules and standards. I am afraid that the real reason is the precedent created by a small nation standing up to the mighty power of the banks, as she did to others in the past.
So, the question is not whether to sue Hungary or bail her out, but whether support the tentative agreement reached between Hungary and the IMF and quickly sign a 3-party agreement or to support the extreme left / socialist & right coalition in Hungary that want not only to bring down the government, but also to trigger the disintegration of the EU.
When you meet with Tamás Fellegi on Friday, please work for the 3-party agreement.
|Imádkozzunk HAZÁNKÉRT Magyar Országért!
Kedves Barátaim, Ismerőseim!
Hazánk, Magyarország most pénzügyileg nagyon nehéz helyzetben van. Sorsfordító napokat élünk át. A pénzügyi világ összefogott ellenünk.
Korunkban a háborúkat a "fejlett" világban már nem fegyverekkel vívják, hanem a tőke, a pénz, a valutaárfolyamok arzenáljával.
Mi kicsi ország lévén ezekkel szemben védtelenek vagyunk. Földi dolgok már nem segítenek rajtunk.
Ezért fordulok hozzátok, hogy emelkedjünk felül minden pártoskodáson, minden kicsinyes ellenségeskedésen, hisz itt már nem személyekről, pártokról van szó, hanem szeretett hazánkról, Magyarországról.
Csak az egység és az összefogás segíthet rajtunk. Ha túllépünk évszázados megosztottságunkon, - mely az utóbbi időben észveszejtő méreteket öltött - és egy szívvel, egy lélekkel fordulunk a Mindenség Urához, Ő megsegít bennünket. Istennek semmi sem lehetetlen.
Voltunk mi már ennél nehezebb helyzetben a tatárjárás idején és akkor is megmenekültünk. Mikor a tatárok 1241-ben Magyarországra törtek, IV. Béla király és felesége - az akkor áldott állapotban lévő Laszkarisz Mária - fogadalmat tettek, hogy születendő gyermeküket Istennek ajánlják. A megszülető Margit ezt a fogadalmat megerősítette és beváltotta, mikor is "Margit imái vezekelve szálltak".
Most Szent Margit ünnepéhez közeledve (január 18.) szálljanak a mi imáink is vezekelve Isten elé.
Ki-ki hite, felekezeti hovatartozása szerint imádkozzon és könyörögjön Istenhez hazánkért, reménységünk szeretett földjéért, Magyarországért.
Szeretettel kérem azokat is, akik még nem hisznek Istenben, hogy őseink és gyermekeink földjéért mondjanak naponta egy fohászt, hisz Isten feltétel nélkül szereti őket is és meghallgatja kéréseiket.
Befejezésül a jó Isten áldását kérem szeretett hazánkra, Magyarországra és mindazokra, akik csatlakoznak ehhez az imahadjárathoz.
Százhalombatta, 2012.január 6. péntek
Gátai Tamás Péter
nyugdíjas mérnök és
|Bishop Székely about the real reasons for worldwide attacks against Hungary
Jesus Christ said, "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first." (John 15:18). These words are especially acute today, since our country has been under single fire from many all over the world Bishop János Székely writes.
What is the reason for this hatred? The real reason is the fact that our country has been promoting basic human values sought to be destroyed by many in our days.
The Hungarian Parliament has given our country a Fundamental Law starting with the name of God (Preamble), stating that embryonic and foetal life shall be subject to protection from the moment of conception (Freedom and Responsibility II) and that Hungary shall protect the institution of marriage as the union of a man and a woman (Foundation L). The Fundamental Law also states that the family is the basis of the nation''s survival and that the extent of contribution to satisfying community needs shall be determined in consideration of the costs of raising children (Freedom and Responsibility XXX). Obviously there are many in the world who dislike this definite statement of these basic human rights.
Moreover, the Hungarian Government has levied extra tax on banks. Naturally, it makes the lords of the financial world anxious lest the example should be followed by others.
This is the basic reason for the attacks against our country. Of course these reasons are not explicitly named, other, less significant complaints being brought up.
One of these accusations is the Law on Churches. The aim of this Law is to deprive business churches of church status. The reason is that in Hungary, unlike in many European countries, Church education, health and social institutions are granted State funding equal with the funding of similar State institutions, since they provide educational or health service for equal taxpayers. Therefore in our country several fake churches have been established, whose main purpose was to obtain State funds.
The new Law on Churches changes this situation. More precisely, it describes the requirements for any community to be able to obtain Church status (minimum membership of 1.000; minimum presence of 20 years in the country etc.). Any community not fulfilling these requirements will be absolutely free to continue their work; however, they will not be granted State funding for their institutions.
It is just natural that the Hungarian Parliament and the Government have also made some errors in their work. These included some - later amended - paragraphs of the Media Law, as well as some, perhaps unnecessary amendments of the Central Bank Law, which gave an opportunity for attacks. Similarly, it would have been more appropriate to make the agreement with the banks prior to issuing the rulings on final repayment.
However, the reason for the attack against our country is not this, but the basic values Hungary now represents.
The present Parliament has had to responsibly avail itself of the two-thirds majority with which it has been authorized by voters to act. It must bear and turn into actions this great responsibility and opportunity with humility and prudence. And it must make efforts at averting outside attacks with composure and sometimes ingenuity.
The foreign currency reserve of the Central Bank of Hungary amounts to almost half of the present state debt of our country, which the Central Bank will indeed utilize for financing the debt service if necessary. This means that even in this strong headwind Hungary can persist for some time.
It has often happened in history that the appearance of light has immediately been opposed by the appearance of the power of darkness. I wish all of us to become the sons of Light, the builders of a truer and more humane world.
Auxiliary Bishop of the EsztergomBudapest Archdiocese
|Regime Change Express Surges Toward Budapest
January 16, 2012
Regime Change Express Surges Toward Budapest
Posted by Daniel McAdams on January 16, 2012 12:15 PM
Poor Tamas Fellegi. Hungary''s envoy to the International Monetary Fund had to spend last week enduring endless lectures on democracy and fiscal responsibility from the unelected head of an international financial organization that is largely funded with money stolen from the US taxpayer.
And poor Viktor Orban. Just over twenty years ago the young Hungarian had the temerity to stand up at the reburial of the hero of the 1956 uprising to demand that Soviet troops leave and that the communist regime agree to hold free and democratic elections. The communists didn''t like him very much. Orban and many other anti-communists of that era were fighting unelected Moscow-based occupiers who stole his country''s sovereignty and ruined its economy for ideological reasons. Now, as Hungary''s prime minister, he is fighting against an unelected Brussels and Washington-based force that seeks to steal (what''s left of) his country''s sovereignty and ruin its economy for ideological reasons.
The Europeans -- and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- are bearing down on the Hungarian government, attacking its "authoritarian tendencies" and demanding that Orban restore democracy. Charles Gati, who briefly served in the State Department of Clinton''s husband, has gone even further, opining in the pro-opposition news weekly 168 Ora that, "there are opportunities indeed to remove this (Orbán) government -- if possible in a democratic way, if not then in some other way."
Gati, who has been joined at the hip to the renamed Hungarian communist party and its governing allies from even before the regime change in 1989, now threatens a violent overthrow of the democratically-elected Hungarian government -- in the name of promoting democracy! (And if you wonder whether he is serious, click on the above link and you can see that he is pictured in front of the "Regime Change Factory" flag of the CIA-affiliated Freedom House).
(Incidentally, Gati''s tireless efforts on behalf of the former communists in Hungary were richly rewarded in 2009, when his friends in the Hungarian government awarded him the Commanders Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. Hmmm... a star?)
So what is the problem with Orban? Well the "problem" for Orban and his center-right political party Fidesz is actually not a lack of democracy, but rather too much democracy! His party was elected with an unprecedented two-thirds majority in 2010 by an electorate brought to its knees by the financial mismanagement and corruption of the long-ruling renamed communists, now called the Hungarian Socialist Party, and its junior coalition partner, the Alliance of Free Democrats, which was literally obliterated in the last election.
The Hungarian voter became outraged when a recording at a private Socialist Party meeting was made public in which then-Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admitted that his government lied to the population and "screwed up" the country.
Spoke the loquacious Hungarian former communist:
"We have screwed up. Not a little but a lot. No country in Europe has screwed up as much as we have. It can be explained. We have obviously lied throughout the past 18 to 24 months. It was perfectly clear that what we were saying was not true. ...we lied morning, noon and night."
High marks for candidness -- but one must always check for live microphones!
It should hardly surprise observers that after the admitted disaster of Socialist Party governance in Hungary the voters would turn to something new given the opportunity at the polls. But the problem for Fidesz, at least in the eyes of the EU and State Department, is that, well, just too many Hungarians decided to vote for them! More than two-thirds of the country wanted a change of leadership.
But worst of all in the eyes of Brussels and Washington, the Hungarian government actually began using the mandate that had been handed them by the Hungarian people. It is undemocratic to use power gained through the democratic process, apparently. I wonder whether that idea will catch on in the US.
What horrid things did the Orban government do? Well they initiated the replacement of the Stalin-era constitution, but included therein what are to today''s Washington and Brussels totally unacceptable language.
As explained in a this excellent editorial in the Scotland on Sunday,
"The new constitution makes the classic statement of Burkean philosophy: ''Our Basic Law is the foundation of our legal system; it is a contract between Hungarians past, present and future.'' That recognition of the seamless continuum of history and the transience of generations stands head and shoulders above the trashy verbiage of EU treaties. Not only does it ''recognise the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood'', it ''professes that the family and the nation constitute the principal framework of our coexistence''. No wonder it is anathema to the Frankfurt Marxists of the EU....
"It lists the crimes of Communism and lifts the statute of limitations that protected the criminals of the Soviet era who despatched 600,000 Hungarians to concentration camps. Hungarys transition to democracy is often called painless, because the Red nomenklatura saw the game was up, liquidated state assets and became the new rich. The Hungarian Socialist Workers Party dropped one word from its title and soon regained power: Ferenc Gyurcsány, prime minister from 2006 to 2009, was the former president of the Communist Youth Organisation. In a world where nonagenarian Nazis who should have been hanged in 1945 are carried into court in oxygen tents, why is it an outrage for Hungary now to target Red murderers? Well, er, because the right commits atrocities, the left commits mistakes."
Orban''s other divergences from "democracy" according to the European Commission and the US administration include using his mandate to bring the Hungarian central bank under the oversight of elected officials rather than remain the purview of highly-paid bureaucrats who more often than not do the bidding of their foreign counterparts at the expense of those who pay their salaries. It is not quite an "end the Fed" movement in Hungary but it certainly could be seen as a move to curb the seemingly limitless power of an unelected Hungarian Ben Bernanke.
As financial expert Andrea Hosso observed regarding claims of Orban "threatening the independence" of the central bank:
"How independent is the US Federal Reserve with its consecutive bouts of Quantitative Easing, or the European Central Bank with its new venture into buying up hundreds of billions of Eurozone bonds to keep the big project afloat?"
No wonder the Obama administration is irritated.
It is particularly rich to see the European Commission threatening legal action against the Hungarian government unless it "return to democracy" by overturning laws such as the above curb on the power of the central bank and a new mandatory retirement age for judges. The European Commission, that paragon of democracy, is as we know an entirely unelected body that meets and votes in secret.
Unfortunately for him in this instance, Orban''s tendency to shoot from the hip can come back to haunt him. After declaring last year that no new IMF assistance was needed, Orban''s government experienced what seems to some a concerted effort to bring the country to its knees -- to bow before the IMF and international finance. Bond yields soared, Moodys downgraded the governments debt to junk status, and the forint has lost 15% of its value. Orban sent Fellegi to Washington, tail between legs, to have his pound of flesh extracted by IMF managing director Christine Lagarde.
Not so fast, said the unelected Lagarde last week. First Hungary must change several of its domestic laws and renew its commitment to democracy. Then the price of a bailout to Hungary''s creditors will be a new austerity program on its population. It seems the government is in a panic and will agree to anything for IMF assistance, but they would do well to have a look at Greece, where IMF "reform" is producing its usual results.
As if by design in these situations, the demanded austerity programs will make the ruling regime (who the West wants to change) extremely unpopular. A shocked and bewildered population will take to the streets demanding a change in regime, assisted by the generous support -- and intoxicating lies -- provided by the US regime change experts NED, NDI, and, IRI. Violence may ensue, sovereignty will be destroyed, and the Western-preferred malleable descendents of the old regime will sweep back into power.
Questions the Hungarian government might want to ask instead, looking at its debt obligations, are why should the current population be squeezed to death to repay the endless borrowing by the communist regime in the 1970s and 1980s? Where did that money all go? To build villas in the hills of Buda, no doubt.
The great Bill Bonner suggested last year, "Why Greece Should Default and Go Broke With Dignity." He could be writing for Hungary as well.
Maybe Hungary should just tell Lagarde, José Manuel Barroso, and Hillary Clinton to "stuff it."