Not Many Political Criminals Would Dare To Show Such Cheek

MTI Foto: Balogh Zoltán MTI Foto: Balogh Zoltán

Written by: Erzsébet Forgács, 19-10-2016

Translated by: SEA

Edited by: SZRE

I took it upon myself to listen to the early government information session of János Lázár (Minister of Prime Minister’s Office – trans.) the other day and formed a few thoughts of my own about the current state of Hungarian affairs.

I am inclined to say that Minister of Everything János Lázár is mistaken when he tries to communicate towards the stupefied masses that Hungary cannot be called an autocracy because we had a referendum. And we all know that democracy dwells in the lands of referenda. Or so he thinks. Or rather pretends to think. I highly suspect though that he is perfectly aware what a bag of lies the farce called referendum is. He just wants to make the faithful  believe and swallow the following reasoning:

Hungary is being attacked from the outside; these arguments will be used against us in the coming weeks and months. As you can already see in the US media.

They will use this to attack the government without any justification.

So please don’t believe your eyes or ears, believe only what the government communicates, because Lázár (or any other Fidesz crony) will tell you what’s what. We have a thriving democracy – end of discussion. Whoever speaks otherwise attacks Hungary.

I hate to break it to you but we have no democracy. For the sake of those government fans that are more concerned about the fate of our country than the financial security of our career politicians let me explain the following:

Free press does not begin with not hauling journalists into prison, let alone not executing them for criticizing the regime. Free press is when the government does not bully opposition newspapers or does not try to trample them down with financial means, power or pretend-business machinations. It does not set upon them paid or unpaid trolls; it does not contract anybody to attack their website. Those working at an opposition portal are not in danger of personal attacks, bullying by the authorities or existential threats.

If journalists comply with the laws applying to everyone they should suffer no retaliation or attempted retaliation whatsoever. Free press does not begin with prison and execution. Given that there is no conceivable underhand trick this one-party government has overlooked to shut up critical voices, there is no free press and no free speech. No democracy either. They all lie.

János Lázár alludes to the referendum as a measure of democracy. Not many political criminals would dare to show such cheek. And even fewer countries would let them get away with it. It was the Fidesz regime that changed the law of referenda. It was the Fidesz regime that raised the threshold of validity from 25% to 50%. It is the Fidesz regime that spits on its own law and lies to the country’s and Europe’s face unabashed, cynical and dirty. Referring to the referendum  as a measure of democracy  while they call the invalid vote valid and  thus further widen the existing division (NewUnity and Them) in the society can only be described as unmeasurable cynicism, vileness, treason. This is no democracy. If it was, the government would admit its defeat and would shut up.

When the government of a country uses every means for placing party soldiers in each and every position – let that be the angling stool of the President or  local government units, sports associations, the public prosecutor’s office or the last little village school – that is no democracy.

When the government of a country does anything in its power to keep members of the society in the dark about how and what public money is spent for and vigorously classifies and makes public data unavailable – there is no democracy.

Where it is impossible to hold a politician accountable for their assets, where a Flórián Farkas or an  Antal Rogán[1] can get away with anything and even gets protection – there is no democracy.

Where power attacks civilians with its own enforcers let that be on occasion  of an application for a referendum or objection to chopping down trees – that is no democracy. Where the government can use and does use its toolbox starting with economic extortion through the threat of authorities and all the way to enforcement organisations against media, civilian organisations or civilian individuals they do not like, that is very, very far from democracy.

Lázár and his partners is crime lie through their teeth without turning a hair, but if someone, they know exactly how ignoble, unprincipled and lawless this regime is. They also know how big the damage and how irreversible the injuries are that this government inflicts on this country. But they persist in lying because it pays. They want power and they want money.

In the end let me quote the words of inHuman Minister Zoltán Balog spoken in Germany:

It is impossible to transform Hungary into a dictatorship or into an authoritarian regime without military enforcement, because Hungarians are freedom loving people and they will send packing those who try to tread down their freedom – with their vote or otherwise if needed.

I hope he will prove to be right. They will be sent packing. Him included. And it’s high time, too.

[1]     Antal Rogán: Minister of the PM’s Cabinet Office and suspected of many corruption cases: residency bonds, Hunguard, real estate deals.