March 16th, 2011

PM links events of 1956, 1990, 2010 in holiday speech

The March 15 revolutionary dictum “We’ll be slaves no more” is one which all Hungarians have abided by in their dealings with each other since 1848, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in his speech on the steps of the National Museum in Budapest on Tuesday, addressing more than twenty thousand people gathered to commemorate the 163rd anniversary of the 1848-49 revolution and war of independence from Habsburg rule.

“After 163 years we are true to our word, and we abide by this to this day,” Orban said.

“The maxim means that we have jointly sworn an oath to each other; whatever turn the world takes, we’ll stand together,” he said. “The national common oath means that every Hungarian will stand by every other Hungarian and will stand together for the sake of Hungary,” he added.

1848 was for Hungarians a new chapter in their history and brought the most successful renewal, the prime minister said.

“Hungarians always stand by Hungary when the powers that be are no longer capable of speaking responsibly, when they can no longer speak truthfully, and when they purvey false principles with the sole purpose of holding on to power.”

“This happened in 1956, in 1990 and in 2010, too,” Orban said.

The prime minister said that Hungarians had stood side by side to oppose irresponsible acts, the ruination of people’s prospects, cheating and false hopes of fast riches, thereby acting on the oath of 1848. By doing so they had brought about the most successful renewal in their history, he said.

Orban said that in 1848 Hungarians had not allowed to be dictated to by Vienna, in 1956 they had stood up to Moscow and “today we will not allow anyone to dictate to us from Brussels or anywhere else.”

Orban said at the end of the 1980s there were many who couldn’t believe that the dictatorship would come to an end in their lifetimes, but there were those who believed there was light at the end of the tunnel: another, free Hungary which could be found when the time came, he said. Yet great disappointment was caused after the change in regime, he said, since people wanted to believe that, along with democratic change, the sending away of Soviet tanks and freeing up the economy, the other Hungary had indeed arrived; a Hungary that would be strong and successful.

“We were soon had to confront the fact that we had not arrived; the colours, faces and air of the past reemerged, showing that we had failed to break with the dictatorship of the previous forty years,” he said.

“The real free Hungary of ’48 and ’56 cannot be found in the world of ideology or theory, and nor will we find it in the examples of Brussels or other metropolises; neither will party deals lead there,” Orban said, adding that “we should look within rather than to the outside [to find] the Hungary we’re looking for.”

“This is why we Hungarians found each other in last year’s elections,” Orban said.

“We have stood up to end the years of hopelessness and at the same time end the twenty years of [post-communist] transformation. We have stood up to ensure that the interests of Hungarians are given priority in Hungary, and we stood up for the country when we properly bid farewell to the International Monetary Fund. We stood up for the Hungarian people when we imposed a bank tax and crisis tax, we stood up for Hungary when we had to fight against the floods, when the red sludge flooded us, when we had to take our pension system back from the hands of stock exchange sharks; and we have stood up for Hungary in the European Union, fighting back against the lowly and deceitful attacks organised at home in order to ruin our reputation,” Orban said.

“We have understood that we need a new supreme law, something that we can finally settle on after twenty years of meandering around (…) something that not only sets the framework of our common life but offers a national credo addressing issues that have lain unresolved for twenty years,” he said.

“We are proud of our king Saint Stephen who set a firm footing for the Hungarian state a thousand years ago and made our country part of a Christian Europe.(…) We promise to guard our the intellectual and spiritual unity of our nation, which was torn into pieces in the storms of the past century,” Orban said.

Orban said it was in keeping with the spirit of 1848 that the new constitution being drafted would meets the challenges of the 21st century and at the same time satisfy the instincts of Hungarians and the nature of the Hungarian spirit.

“We must create our new Constitution together, and this is why it is important that everyone who feels dedicated to finally making a truly Hungarian constitution for Hungary should participate in the process,” Orban said.

“We can once again hope and aspire to make a great nation, we can once again trust the given word; work will be given due respect, those who commit crimes will be called to account and merit will be honoured,” Orban said.

“Respect to the heroes of 48! Go Hungary, go Hungarians!,” Orban said concluding his speech which was received with an ovation.

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  • Forintman

    Scary. Really scary. Mentally unstable? There may be no opposition at the moment, but can most sensible Hungarians stand by while this maniac raves and ruins the country?

  • Elle

    The weirdo, the previous poster, seems to be hoping that he can cull an image of the ‘scary’ from the conventional celebratory speech of the Hungarian Prime Minister to his nation on a major Hungarian holiday. What scares you, weirdo?

  • http://www.hungaliennation.blogspot.com Rigó Jancsi

    There are more than enough points in that speech that are scary, but just as many points will not be understood by Elle, since she longes to live in a fascist state and simply doesn’t understand that there are people who learned from the past and are scared as this gnome tries to pull the country back into the past.

  • Elle

    So what are you scared of, weirdo mark II: a fascist state? You stop-at-nothing ziobolshies are pushing so hard to pump credibility into the stupid allegation that there is this ‘danger’ in Hungary. But it is the continuing knocking out of grafting instruments from the hands of some of you that you really fear. But then, you have good reason to fear this.

  • spectator

    “…when we had to take our pension system back from the hands of stock exchange sharks..”
    Well, his pal, Mr.Csányi must be delighted, hearing his new title…

  • Humphster

    Orban said that in 1848 Hungarians had not allowed to be dictated to by Vienna, in 1956 they had stood up to Moscow and “today we will not allow anyone to dictate to us from Brussels or anywhere else.”
    You join a club (the EU) you play by the rules. Pretty surprising that the current president of the EU could make a inflammatory statement like that.

  • Law

    Orban the patkany is an EU, Zionist and NATO
    supporter, always has been one.

  • Donian

    ‘Humphster’ and ‘spectator’ are right.

  • Elle

    ‘a inflammatory statement like that’
    Humphster at March 16, 2011 2:41 PM
    Have I missed something? Is it now ‘inflammatory’ to say that we will not allow Brussels to dictate to us? Whom does saying so set on fire? (I doubt that Brussels is keen to insist that ‘it will so dictate, so there’.)
    Spectator,
    I doubt that Orbán would agree that Csányi is/was his pal.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I5BGsK5ZAU Viking

    We stood up for the Hungarian people when we imposed a bank tax and crisis tax

    And against this “crisis tax”, related to the Telecom industry, the European Commission (EC) this week opened up infringement procedures against
    We will just love to see how Orban will continue to yell “”today we will not allow anyone to dictate to us from Brussels”, while he and his allied are busy plotting changes to the law, so it will not create the big stir as the new Media Law did
    In some sense Orban was always a looser
    It is symptomatic of the situation in Hungary that Hungarians cling to him
    -
    NB. Anyone knows a decent and approved translation of this speech into English?
    I think it could be a good idea to spread the Orban Words of Wisdom to some people in Brussels and the International Media
    What could ever be wrong with that?

  • GK

    Oh dear it seems Orban is really finding it hard
    to link himself to popular themes. Mind you he has
    little shame (or a very large self opinion) if he
    can stand up and compare his “struggles” with
    those of the courageous people who took part in
    the revolutions of 1848/9 and 1956. Perhaps he
    really believes that standing up to the deadly
    force of an occupier’s military might, is just
    like going to the European Parliament and giving a speech to a some what hostel audience, and then
    have to answer questions from a press that was not
    checked beforehand. I am sure those who survived
    the “Terror House”, were just so thankful that
    they did not have to face the torture of defending
    their policies at an EU inter-government meeting.
    If he can’t just honour the heroes of the past,
    and has to make a political statement why can’t he
    just talk about his own policies (if he has
    any)instead of trying to score cheap political
    points from other people’s courage and great
    achievements.

  • Leto

    @Rodent (hamster):
    Do you like your own country, whichever it is, to be dictated to? We, Hungarians, don’t like that if you don’t mind. (It doesn’t matter if you mind either.)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I5BGsK5ZAU Viking

    Do you like your own country, whichever it is, to be dictated to? We, Hungarians, don’t like that if you don’t mind. (It doesn’t matter if you mind either.)
    Leto at March 16, 2011 9:01 PM

    But Orban just loves it – to be spanked by the EC and in public, with both his pants *and* under-wears down!
    Just remember Germany and France complaints in November/December before Hungary taking over the EU rotating presidency, really embarrassing
    Then the humiliation by both the EC and the EP over the Media Law
    And now the EC infringement procedures starting against the special crisis tax that was Orban’s big thing in the Autumn and most likely Orban has to make new concessions soon and this time the EPP is maybe not so interested to save Orban?
    So, what is this, if not to “allow anyone to dictate to us from Brussels”?

  • GK

    If you join a group that has rules then you can only
    expect to receive complaints from the other members
    when you ignore the rules. It is not about a
    “humiliation for Hungarians” only the government
    that has broken the rules and the same applies to
    every member of the group. The “humiliation” as you
    call it was equally applied to the governments of
    Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy,
    Portugal, Spain, and the UK that I can think of in
    recent years. This is not about Hungary being picked
    on or dictated to, the government of each country
    that has taken action contrary to the agreements
    they made has had the same experience from other
    members.

  • erotik-hobby

    “But Orban just loves it – to be spanked by the EC
    and in public, with both his pants *and* under-wears
    down!”-Viking
    You have such a nice imagination, Viking, you
    naughty-boy !
    But there must be into something true here, as EU is
    rising the cane Orban still playing ‘naughtier’
    (perhpas this adds to the final the enjoyment, pumps
    up the emotions ?) :
    http://bbjonline.hu/politics/tensions-between-
    hungary-and-eu-rise_56625

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