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The Hungarian Election: What Are the Issues?

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Yesterday, I gave a 10,000 foot overview of the upcoming Hungarian election and its significance to the U.S. and other white countries. Today, I will discuss the specific issues the election will be fought on and why they are important.

1. Immigration

The migrant crisis and Muslim immigration are the overriding issues at the back of every Hungarian’s mind. It’s easy to forget that prior to the Muslim invasion in 2015, Fidesz and Viktor Orbán had seen their popularity collapse after a series of corruption scandals. Orbán’s decisive action in constructing a wall along Hungary’s southern border redeemed him and his party in the eyes of voters, and they have enjoyed a massive surge in popularity that has yet to abate.

Prior to the construction of the border wall, Hungary was in chaos due to the migrant influx. Because the migrants were insistent on continuing to Germany, Sweden, and other northern European countries (due to their more generous welfare programs), Muslims who traveled through Hungary treated it like a garbage dump. Train travel was disrupted, rapes and murders spiked, and railway stations like Budapest Keleti (Budapest’s central international terminal) were turned into massive homeless shelters. The border wall ended all this, slashing Hungary’s rate of illegal immigration by 99 percent.

Beyond the wall, Orbán has also taken aim at the NGOs, universities, and other institutions that either facilitate non-white immigration or brainwash citizens into supporting it. In particular, Orbán has been vocal in criticizing George Soros, who he accuses of masterminding the “Soros Plan,” his metaphor for Soros’ plot to flood white countries with non-white immigrants in order to destroy them. Soros’ ugly face is a common fixture on billboards around Hungary with taglines such as “Don’t let him have the last laugh!”, paid for by the Fidesz government.

Last year, the Hungarian government completed a national survey on the Soros Plan, with the overwhelming majority of respondents rejecting it. In response, Orbán recently unveiled a suite of legislation known as the “Stop Soros” package, designed to cripple and punish organizations who aid illegal immigration. In particular, under the law’s provisions, NGOs that receive “funds used to support migration” will be forced to pay a 25 percent tax on those funds. This is on top of a law passed last year that requires NGOs who receive funding from foreign sources to register and label themselves as such, as well as the government’s ongoing campaign against Central European University, which Orbán derisively calls “Soros University.”

Finally, the Hungarian government has steadfastly refused to take in any migrants under the European Union’s refugee quota, which forces member states to accept the Muslim rapists that Angela Merkel thoughtlessly invited into Europe starting in 2015. In 2016, the government held a referendum on whether the E.U. should be allowed to resettle migrants in Hungary without the consent of the National Assembly; while 98 percent of voters voted no, the referendum was invalidated due to low turnout, as the leftist opposition boycotted it due to the fact that they stood no chance of winning.

Indeed, immigration is the primary reason why the left is shut out of power in Hungary. Not only are the leftist parties in Hungary in favor of bringing in migrants and opposed to the border wall, Orbán has been able to keep them on the defensive by accusing them of being on George Soros’ payroll. Fidesz’s most credible competitor, Jobbik, has essentially the same opinion as them on migration, though Jobbik has gone left-wing on other important issues, such as NGOs.

The closest the opposition parties have been able to get to damaging Orbán on this issue is through a recent non-scandal where the Fidesz government admitted to resettling refugees who had legitimate claims under the Geneva Convention. While Jobbik attempted to seize on this by claiming the government had lied about their stance on migration, the story deflated when it was revealed that these refugees were entirely separate from the migrants being forced on Hungary by the E.U., the refugees had only been given temporary residence permits, and the majority of them had already left Hungary (either to other Schengen Area states or to their home countries) by the time this news came to light.

2. The European Union

The problem of the E.U. is deeply intertwined with the migration issue; as mentioned above, the E.U.’s mandatory migrant quotas are a major source of friction with the Hungarian government. Both Orbán himself and the Hungarian people support E.U. membership and integration (I’ll explain why in a future article), but they are opposed to Brussels’ constant agglomeration of power and attempts to trample on the sovereignty of member states.

Because of the E.U.’s consensus-oriented model, Hungary’s intransigence is a major problem for Angela Merkel and other globalist leaders from Western Europe. For example, the E.U.’s upcoming Article 7 proceedings against Poland (which would strip Poland of voting rights) will fail because Hungary has already pledged to vote against them, and a unanimous vote is necessary for the initiative to succeed.

Pro-Brussels leaders such as France’s Emmanuel Macron and Belgium’s Charles Michel have already threatened Hungary and the other Visegrád states with revoking their E.U. funds, but they are unlikely to deter Orbán. If anything, the constant saber-rattling from Germany and France will push Hungary to the right, as Orbán will be able to demonstrate how the E.U. is trying to bully Hungary into taking in Muslim rapists.

One bizarre line that the leftist opposition and international fake news media have deployed against Orbán is that he is somehow a puppet of Vladimir Putin. Leaving aside the fact that Hungarians hate hate HATE Russians due to the Soviets occupying their country during the Cold War—and Orbán first became famous as a crusader against Hungary’s communist puppet government in the 1980’s—the reality of politics in Eastern Europe is that governments here have to deal with Russia, since it’s one of the major powers in the region. It’s better to have a decent working relationship with Putin—which Orbán has done through his deal to expand Hungary’s Paks II nuclear power plant—then to needlessly antagonize him as the left is dead set on doing.

3. Other Issues

The twin issues of migration and E.U. abuse overshadow just about every other problem in Hungary. Economically, the country is doing very well: Orbán’s combination of paternalistic and libertarian policies (for example, Fidesz has replaced progressive income taxes with a flat tax) has made Hungary one of the strongest states in Eastern Europe. Jobbik and the other parties have tried to make an issue out of Fidesz’s supposed corruption, but Orbán is an objective improvement over the Socialist government he replaced, which was in the middle of selling off Hungary’s state-owned utilities to foreign interests before they were defeated in 2020, and had also allowed the country’s infrastructure to fall apart.

Ultimately, issues such as tax policy and corruption dwarf Hungary’s survival as a culture and independent nation, which the migration issue directly threatens. Hungary—and other Eastern European countries—literally cannot afford to take in any non-white foreigners due to their already weak demographic situation. So long as the Hungarian and international left insist that the entire world should be allowed to move to Hungary, the Hungarian people will run right into Orbán’s arms.

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