Written by Erzsébet Forgács, 16/01/2017
Translated by Eszter Somogyi
Edited by Réka Eszter Szabó
Headline of the day: Zsolt Bayer transferred to the newspaper Magyar Idők. This could have been the shortest article of my life, as there is nothing to add or take here, it is not worth it and is not at all interesting. But luckily there is a much-much more stirring story out there, so let’s speak about the Momentum Movement. They are the ones who have been trying to initiate a referendum against the 2024 Budapest Olympics aspirations and they will start collecting supporting signatures to this end later in the week. This is an exciting piece of news on its own, but it is even more interesting to see who these people are and what it is they want.
First of all, they are young. Young adults who want to take part in politics, who do give a sh*t about what is happening here, who do not eschew public life but want to participate in it just like everyone else could and in which case the Orbán regime would probably be history by now. As it is, many turn away from politics, perhaps thinking that they can do nothing to influence the proceedings of our country. But they can, everyone can. This is exactly why we are being saddled with a series of unfit governments; because many fell for the propaganda that politics was not their business.
This is why the emergence of the Momentum Movement is exhilarating and welcome. Young people, intellectuals in their twenties and thirties who at long last want something. This is what they say about themselves:
Momentum is a new political force. Momentum was founded by members of the first free generation of Hungarians in the spring of 2015 with the objective to solve Hungary’s systemic problems. As individuals, we felt powerless, but we had a dream: we wanted to create a new political community so we can convince people that there is a future of politics in Hungary.
Momentum does not offer ideology, it offers solutions. The age of ideological battles is over, this is the 21st century. The Left must accept national identity while the Right has to learn solidarity. Momentum is a new kind of political community where solidarity, meritocracy and sound national identity can all fit together. The last 27 years was a chapter of unfulfilled dreams. After the regime change a system evolved which is not only unsuccessful but totally corrupt.
The Hungary of momentum is safe: you can plan a future, carrier and family.
The Hungary of momentum is European: democratic, free and offers solidarity.
The Hungary of momentum does not fear change: it embraces the new, it invents and develops.
27 years have passed since the change of the political regime. The current political elite has had more than enough time.
Now itis time for another change.The time has come for momentum!
Let’s take our destiny in our own hands!
As we speak, the supporters of the government have already started their attempts to associate the movement with the left. The reason for this reaction is that the movement openly criticised the Orbán-regime and perhaps they will before long declare their political opposition.
They are self-sufficient, their existence is financed by membership dues, but now they have also turned to the public for support. This is quite novel in Hungarian politics but a lot of things are perceived as strange here that are evident elsewhere. We even had an article about it. Podemos in Spain started out in a similar manner, too. They could enter the elections by public subscription and up to this day half of the party’s upkeep is donated.
I believe that we, too, can join hands and raise a party with the capacity to change the present, rotten system. I also believe that Momentum has to prove their worth first and I can see that they have already begun.
I also believe, however, that besides being young, clever and pure they will need something else that, if lacking, can be the stumbling block of their attempts to stir this Communal Work Based Swamp of our Virgin Mary. This something is a very-very good public speaker. A speaker who can inspire and hearten people, who can convince those sunk in apathy that it is worth it and whose voice can turn around those showing their backs. The experience of the past years has shown us that no matter how good or important a programme is if there isn’t someone who can communicate it powerfully, who can hold the story together and convey the message to the masses and grip and whirl people with his momentum, the whole thing is doomed. Momentum must be well aware of this of course, I am just saying.
One cannot miss the similarities between Momentum and Podemos. And I am happy for this, indeed I am. Our country is in bad need of some fresh wind. Hopefully this wind will swell into a hurricane and will sweep out the rubbish from this stagnant basin. They may be the ones, who knows?
Momentum’s homepage seems not to be ready yet, but I link here the part which is working. Perhaps there are people who are interested. I hope there are. There should be. We, at Kolozsvári Szalonna are interested and hopeful; if we despaired, there would be no reason to get up in the morning. We can support them for the time being (just like other sites with greater or lesser attendance can do so) by relaying their message to the readers. And after that… Who knows? Right? But of course!