Monday, March 17, 2014
Excerpts from Orban's speech
Here are some excerpts from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's speech during the March 15 national holiday on Saturday. Marking the 166th anniversary of the start of an anti-Habsburg revolution of 1848, Viktor Orban gave a speech to commemorators in the park of the National Museum in Budapest. The National Museum is one of the sites where the uprising/revolution of 1848 had broken out.
Many Polish supporters of Hungary and Viktor Orban came to the commemorations. The Polish people and Hungarians have a special bond and very good friends. Some of the generals of the Hungarian army during the Revolution of 1848 were Poles.
"Hungary could become a country which stands on its own feet, joining the ranks of proud and successful nations."
"Hungary was at the threshold of a new era, which could make it free and strong. It could stop the demographic decline of the Hungarian population, stop being pickpocketed by others and provide jobs and opportunities for everyone."
"The freedom fight of 1848-49 had allowed the extraordinary capabilities of the Hungarian nation to shine through and the holiday has been “adored” by Hungarians ever since."
"Hungarians have always wanted to be masters of their own destiny and a Hungarian hero is one who triumphs over fate. That fate had been Habsburg rule in 1848, stationing Soviet troops in 1990, and a permanent place on the dunce’s seat in Europe in 2010."
"Hungary has been able to improve its performance over the past four years due to the unity of Hungarians."
"Hungary is the most unified country in Europe today."
"The government’s measures since 2010, had protected families from usury, monopolies, cartels and “bureaucrats of an empire”. Jobs had been protected and new ones created by the hundreds of thousands while the debt trap was defeated. The government’s moves to reduce household utility bills had been attempts to reduce “the most unfair of burdens”, in a similar way that the 1848 revolution had made this a priority."
“Long live Hungarian freedom, long live our country!”