The so-called leftist (postcommunist), left-liberal media has been discussing (well the best word is really “voluptuously”) that President Obama did not congratulate Prime Minister Orbán for his recent re-election in the second landslide electoral victory of Fidesz. Obama joined the leaders of the five-party postcommunist coalition “Kormányváltók” (Government Changers) in their political indecency who defiantly refused to offer the basic political courtesy of congratulating Mr. Orbán for his re-election (and acknowledging the will of the Hungarian people this way). That’s something unprecedented even in the history of Hungary’s political cold war which has been going on since 1990. (Well, to tell the truth, Vice President Joe Biden finally called Orbán on Saturday, and besides discussing the Ukrainian situation, he allegedly also congratulated PM Orbán).
Last week the US Embassy in Budapest issued a statement and intervened in Hungary’s internal affairs this way:
As a fellow democracy, we continue to urge the government to seek an honest, open, and factual assessment of the Holocaust in Hungary
They made this statement because a few dozens of left-liberal/Jewish demonstrators had been dismantling the scaffolds, on a daily basis, for a monument which is meant to commemorate all the victims of Hungary’s military occupation by Nazi Germany in 1944. (And the only thing the police did was recording the events!)
Hysterical demonstrators repeatedly dismantling the scaffolds for a monument which aims to commemorate all the victims of Hungary’s military occupation by Nazi Germany
All right,I think the explanation for the statement can be found quite easily on this page which describes the biography of the US Embassy “Chargé d’Affaires, a.i”:
Mr. Goodfriend was born in California and raised in Arizona. After receiving Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy, Classical Greek, French and Radio-Television from the University of Arizona, he completed Master’s studies in Communication at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, followed by doctoral research in London on governmental use of new media.
Mr. Goodfriend has studied Hungarian, Hebrew, French, Russian, Greek (classical and modern), Spanish, Hindi, Arabic and Yiddish.
However let’s focus only on the phrase “fellow democracy” in the statement Mr. Goodfriend produced.
Let me ask the question if the USA is a “fellow democracy” indeed? I think, at least together with the 45% of active voters who voted Fidesz, that Hungary is a democracy. It’s evident that Obama did not congratulate Orbán because the global media attacks labelling Hungary “the EU’s only dictatorship” have been successful enough so he might disagree with us. We can live with that.
So let’s put the question of Hungary’s being a democracy or dictatorship, or the question of the US being our fellow or not, aside for now and let’s pose the question if the US itself is a democracy. Well, it’s an old triteness that “the US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.” It’s really more interesting when this statement is actually proven by top US university professors:
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
What this means in plain English is that “the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.” Is that called a democracy? Nope, not really. That’s called an oligarchy. FYI Ukraine and Russia are also oligarchies.