Jobbik president Gabor Vona's remarks in the EMI youth camp in Borzont on Saturday caused such an uproar in Romania that authorities want to declare the Jobbik president persona non grata in Romania. Romanian MP Bogdan Diaconu called on the Hungarian government to dissociate itself from Vona's remarks.
The Jobbik chairman among others evaluated Hungarian government's activities since it has come to power in 2010; he spoke about the problems of liberal democracy, the new land law and other domestic issues including Jobbik's plan to restrict the voting rights of intellectually impaired individuals incapable of understanding election issues.
At the beginning of his presentation Vona remarked that Fidesz wouldn't have given citizenship for Hungarians living abroad and the right to vote without the pressure Jobbik exerted on the government. He also noted that Trianon needs to be brought to the attention of international organizations, like the EU and the United Nations as the world public opinion does not know about it.
Regarding domestic issues Vona noted that Fidesz was elected in 2010 by promising to solve three main issues: bring former government criminals to justice, restore law and order and create one million jobs in ten years. None of these promises have been fulfilled said Vona. Chief criminal Ferenc Gyurcsany is still sitting in the parliament, public safety is in ruin as the government persecute innocent Hungarians rather than the real criminals and on the job front the situation is so bad that since 2010 half a million - mostly young people have left the country to find work abroad.
Gábor Vona also talked about Csanad Szegedi's case that he believes ruined Jobbik's 2012 strategy (In 2012, it turned out that the former vice-President of Jobbik Csanad Szegedi was the grandson of holocaust survivors, but he tried to cover this information up by trying to bribe a criminal that blackmailed him). Vona reminded his audience that the problem was not Szegedi's Jewish background, but the fact that he tried to bribe a criminal to keep quiet about this information and when the information became public he left the Jobbik party. What he has done since is unforgivable said Vona.
Szegedi's story is especially sad because he could have proven that a descendant of Holocaust survivors can be an honest Hungarian Nationalist politician. "He has chosen a different path, something that I can't understand" said the party president.
Answering to a question as to whether Jobbik would restrict voting rights, Vona's answer was an unequivocal yes. Jobbik would link the right to vote to elementary school diploma in order to end the current practice of who can promise more to gypsies before vote. The completion of primary school and literacy are reasonable expectations and the minimum without which no one can responsibly decide on the the country's future said Vona.
Vona pointed out that while in Hungary there is a dispute about whether to give voting rights to ethnic Hungarians living in the neighboring countries, no one disputes this right when it comes to applying it to gypsy refugee collecting welfare in Canada. According to the Jobbik politician, the current system deteriorated to the point where there is no use to hold national elections because they have become vote buying events – which party has more money and who can buy more votes.
Vona noted that in recent decades the integration of gypsies into society has failed so much so that today, the lowest segments of Hungarian society start pursuing gypsy lifestyle, they adopt patterns of behavior that we want to get rid of. This is not prejudice, but a fact that has been with us for 600 years; gypsies that do not follow criminal lifestyle are my brothers said Vona. The proposed solution is the Érpatak model developed by the mayor of Érpatak Dr. Orosz Mihály Zoltán; the mayor has divided the residents of Érpatak into two groups regardless of their race -- builders and destroyers; everybody can decide what camp he wants to belong to summed up his thoughts on the gypsy issue Gabor Vona.
Vona called attention to the fact that under the 35 age group, currently Jobbik is the most popular party, and not because the older generations are dumber but because information doesn't not reach them as easily due to lack of Internet availability.
Vona pointed out that the other parties call Jobbik extremist because in that case they do not have to sit down with the party and discuss issues with it for fear of getting defeated in these debates.
The other prejudice against Jobbik is that the party has no experts. In this regard Vona noted humorously that by ten people selected randomly from his audience he could form a better government than those governed the country in the past 23 years. He also pointed out that in the state administration a huge number of "crypto-Jobbik-sympathizers" have been employed who are looking forward a Jobbik government, but "do not come forward", because they are afraid of losing their jobs. "The current Hungarian parliament is none other than a farce that puts stamps on the business plans of multinational corporations, which are designed to ensure their uninterrupted rule of the country" said the president of Jobbik.
Opposition argues that if a Jobbik government is formed, Hungary will be boycotted by some foreign countries. Unfortunately, this may be partly true admitted Vona, adding that Jobbik has excellent relations with some Eastern countries, and a critical mass of people can hold off foreign intervention.
For Jobbik the question of supporting Hungarians living in the lost territories is a matter of national strategy and Jobbik is not alone in this, which is good because "more difficult to slay a many-headed dragon" he said jokingly.
At the end of his presentation Vona reiterated his earlier statement: he is not willing to give up on the idea that one day all Hungarians live in a common homeland. "I believe that the day is coming. I believe that having been partitioned is a trial that God imposed on us because he thought we can carry this burden," concluded his speech Gábor Vona.
(alfahir.hu – hungarianambiance.com)