By Viktor Orbán
Welcome, everybody, to the ceremony of Freedom.
I would like to respectfully welcome the participants from the Peace March, and I would like to welcome with special appreciation our Polish friends. Our cohesion is natural; our connection to each other is a source of energy. At the time of ‘Father’ Kossuth [Father = term of respect] they wrote: Hungary and Poland are two immortal oaks. that grew separate tree trunks, but their roots are intertwined, so one’s existence and strength is a condition of the other’s health and existence. This is no different today. If Poland is strong, then Hungary cannot be lost, either. If we are strong, we can help our Polish friends. That is why the Peace March is not only an assembly for the cause of the homeland, but also a stand for Poland, too. Respect for Poland! Respect for Hungary!
Again came the day — respected celebrating compatriots — that lifts up the hearts of every Hungarian. That day when they wrote a word in the Hungarian language into the great book of history: Freedom! This day many of us congregate to celebrate the brave, bow down before the memory of the heroes. Today a lot of us are gathered here because of — besides the tribute — a special reason. In not much more than three weeks we will decide the fate of Hungary. For this election, not only the next four years will be at stake.
I knew there would be a lot of us; I knew I would see resolute faces. Today we need exactly that. Seriousness and intrepidity, because we must discuss serious things. Just as serious things as were discussed 170 years ago [Revolution of 1848, when Hungary became separate from Austria]. We are the successors of 48’s freedom fighters and revolutionaries. That is why — just like 170 years ago — today we must also speak honestly and directly. If we do not say clearly what is happening with Hungary, and why what is happening is happening, then nobody would understand it. And if we do not understand, we can’t make a good decision three weeks from now. That is why directly, without opportunism, and without being demure, we must speak.
Petőfi clearly asked: “Shall we be slaves or be free?” Everybody understood it, and everybody knew the answer for this. We have done a lot of things together in the last 30 years, lots of struggles, and memorable battles we fought together. But the greatest things we could achieve in our lifetime, the utmost battles that we could fight together, are still ahead of us. And by all signs, right now, just coming up. The situation, my dear friends, is: They want to take away our country! Not with a stroke of the pen, like they did 100 years ago at Trianon [WW1 treaty that divided up Hungary]. Now — in just a couple of decades — they want us to hand it over willingly to others. To strangers from another continent, who do not speak our language, who do not respect our culture, our laws and our way of life. Who want to replace our way of life with theirs. From now on they do not want us and our descendants to live here, but someone else.
There is no exaggeration in this! We can see it day by day, as great European peoples and nations, step by step, area by area, from city to city, lose their homeland. The situation is such that those who do not stop the migration at their borders will be lost. Slowly but surely they will be consumed. All of this by external forces, international powers that are trying to force it upon us, with the help of their local allies, and they see the upcoming election as a great opportunity for this.
Respected ladies and gentlemen: The legacy of 1848 is that Hungary shall be a free, independent and HUNGARIAN country. In this there is everything that we would need today. As Széchényi said: “National orderliness, educated people, and a self-sufficient country.” Then he added: “Many think Hungary has been. I would like to believe: it will be.” Today we would answer the earl: Hungary WAS, IS… The question is: WILL IT BE?
So, my dear friends, we not only want to win an election, but our future too. Europe, and in it, we Hungarians are at an historic turning point. Never before have the national and globalists forces so openly strained against each other. On one side: us, the millions with national sentiments. On the other side: the elite world citizens. On one side: us, who believe in nation states, the defense of borders, in the value of families and work. And on the opposite side: those who want open societies, a world without nations and borders, who want new types of families, devalued work, and cheap labor. Above them rules an army of inexorable, impenetrable and unaccountable bureaucrats. The national and democratic forces on one side, supranational, undemocratic forces on the other side. This is how the situation looks in Hungary 24 days before the election.
Respected celebrators, respected Peace March members! The end of the work that needs to be done is far away. But the results of the last eight years speak for themselves. To remind you of those is important, but not enough! Europe and Hungary are in the middle of a war between civilizations. We face a migration that upsets our order and puts at risk our way of life. At the same time, we must protect our achievements, and begin to fight for the persistence of meaning. Without preserving our way of life, everything will lose meaning. If the country is no longer Hungarian, what is all the “orderliness” for?
Let’s not delude ourselves [refers to Earl Széchényi’s sentence]; we do not have to fight against the anemic opposition parties, but an international network that has been organized into an empire. Media financed by foreign groups, and a domestic oligarchy, professional activists for rent, agitators, organizers of riots, chains of NGOs paid by international speculators, which can be summed up with George Soros’ name, since he personifies it. This is the world we must fight against, to defend our own.
A good soldier does not fight because he hates the opponent before him, but because he loves what is behind him. Loves Hungary and the Hungarian people.
Respected celebrators: we grew out of Christian culture; we differentiate between the man and his deeds. We never hated and we will never hate anybody. Just the opposite: we continue to believe in the power of love and unity. But we will fight against what George Soros’ empire does and wants to do against our country. This is our home; this is our life; we do not have another one, so we will fight to the end for it and never give up… ever!
We know that in every constituency they will be against our candidates. Their mission — once they grasp power — to execute the “Great Plan”. The Great Plan is to break Hungary, which stands in the way of the migration, and bring first thousands of migrants, then ten thousand, later tens of thousands to be settled in Hungary.
In these numbers there is no exaggeration! Europe is already under an invasion. If we let it, in the coming decades, tens of millions will begin to move into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. Western Europe is watching this with their hands in the air. Whoever puts his hands up is disarming himself. He is no longer making decisions about his fate. The history of the losers will be written by others in the years ahead. The young people in Western Europe will see it, when they become a minority in their own country and they lose the only thing in the world they can call home. Such forces as now reveal themselves have not been seen in the world for a long time.
Africa will have ten times more young people than Europe. If Europe does nothing, they will kick down the doors, and Brussels will not protect Europe. They do not want to stop the migration, but rather to support it and organize it. They want to dilute and replace the people of Europe! They [Brussels] throw them our way of life, our culture and everything, what separates us and differentiates us Europeans from other nations of the world. It is a meager consolation that the European nations will not forgive those leaders who — without asking the people — totally changed Europe.
Let us be proud that we were the ONLY country in the entire Union that asked the people if they want mass immigration.
Respected ladies and gentlemen, respected celebrators: in three weeks, we will have an election. The list of parties has been published; the candidates are registered. We know them. There are some we have battled with for 30 years, and some for ten years, but sometimes it feels like a hundred years. We can’t have illusions; let’s learn from our past. They themselves acknowledged they were lying in the morning, at noon and in the evening — without taking a breath. We must prepare for the fact that in the end, against our candidate will stand one of Soros’ candidates. Perhaps ostensibly more than one of them will start, some of them with the parking brake on; others will step down at the last minute; some of the others will pretend they are not even there. We must prepare also; they will try to wear disguises. Last time they hid behind a candidate disguised as an independent. They were afraid to openly acknowledge their owner. They know that if they openly stand in front of the country and say who is paying them, they have no chance. Everybody knows that we, the migration-opposing Hungarians, are the majority. Our opponents only have a chance if they can divide our camp, if they can break our unity.
Their goal is to talk of anything except the trouble that endangers Hungary. Our opponents know that the fate of Hungary could now be decided for decades. That is why they are undeterred by anything. They do not argue, but censor. They do not fence, but pinch, kick, bite and sow the seeds of hatred wherever they go. We are a lenient and jovial people, but we are not blind or dupes. After the election we will have our satisfaction — moral, political and legal satisfactions, too. But right now we can’t waste our strength or our time. We should shake off the attacks, like a dog shakes off water. Only think of our mission, only think of our common goals, turn our strength towards defending Hungary. Let’s not forget the first rule of election fights: strength is in unity! One camp, one flag, and everybody is needed!
Respected ladies and gentlemen… I know this struggle is hard for everyone. I understand it if some are scared. It’s understandable, because we must fight an opponent who is very different than we are. Not with an open helmet [= fair fighting], but hiding. Not straightforward, but crafty. Not fair, but excremental. Not nationalist, but internationalist, who does not believe in honest work, but in financial speculation; who does not have a homeland, because he feels he owns the whole world. He is not generous, but vengeful. And he always attacks the heart, especially if it’s red, white, and green [national colors of Hungary].
But my dear friends: we always knew that there is a great deal at stake. Hungarian history accustomed us to having to fight for the same things that are natural for luckier people. For us it’s enough that there is a single wobbly leader; enough that there is a clumsy government. A single election result goes awry, and everything vanishes that for years we worked so hard for. This is such a drafty corner of the world, where history never leaves us alone, no matter how much we feel that we deserve a break. Our ancestors phrased it correctly: Cowardly people have no homeland! And we gathered our courage when we needed it.
It has never been easy. Look at the sculptures in the square: Andrássy was sentenced to death by the Emperor in Vienna; Rákóczi died while he was in exile. Kossuth was ousted by the Labanc [German, Austrian troops for the Habsburg Emperor]. István Tisza was shot by communists. It was never easy. But in the end we were always victorious. In the end we sent the Sultan home with his janissaries, the Habsburg Emperor with his Labanc, the Soviets with their comrades, and now we will send “Uncle” George home with his network. We want to ask you to go back to the United States and bring “happiness” to the Americans. [Chanting: go back, go back, go back]
Respected ladies and gentlemen, it’s a real mystery, after so much tragedy, that we could overcome, and how it is possible, after a thousand years, that we are still here. Perhaps because we always knew that our existence had meaning outside of ourselves. We always knew there is a culture here, a soul and a spirit, which across centuries raised our hearts, consoled the people, and which also vitalizes us. We still have a uniting, unifying conception. We still have our national self-esteem. We did not drift so far from Christianity that our anchor line might break away.
But fate sometimes falters with us, too. Sometimes our national pride gets dented. But we never gave these up, so we never got lost, and that is why they arise again and again, overflow, and captivate our hearts.
Respected celebrators: We know we are not a people without faults. And in our history there were also dark hours and cold days. But we are sure that we gave the world more than we received back. The world would be poorer without the Hungarians; the history of Central Europe would be more painful; and without us, the Carpathian valley would be a worse place, too.
So we have a right to exist. We have no reason to fear now, either; we have only to say: Whoever is Hungarian, be with us! We will be victorious, again and again. We will win, because Hungary is for the Hungarians!
Respected ladies and gentlemen, respected celebrators: In 2010, when we recovered, revolted and started to fight for the Hungarians in Brussels and the other centers of the Empire, we were alone. But since then the Poles arrived. Then the Slovaks and the Czechs. Then America elected a president who opposes [illegal] migration. The Brits have also set foot on their own path. Israel still perseveres. In Austria the patriots took power, and the Italians also said NO to immigration.
The question is only that: did we Hungarians learn from the mistakes of others? Did we understand that this can be messed up only once? If we screwed it up, that’s the end of it! There is no other chance, no second examination; if the dam bursts, the flood will enter, and the cultural occupation will become irreversible. As a stake, our future is on the table.
Because of that, I would like to separately address the young people. When else can we do that, if not on March 15th? Dear youngsters: perhaps you feel like the world is yours for the taking. That, and give me the lion, too! And you are right. The lack of ambition is mediocrity itself. And life is not worth anything, if someone does not begin something with it. But… In your life will come a moment when you realize you need a place, a language, a home, where one can be with his own safely, surrounded by love, can live out his life. A place where you can return, a place where you can feel life is not without meaning, and even at the end, will not fall into nothingness. It will add and build on the thousand-year-old great creation, which we simply call “homeland”, the Hungarian homeland.
Respected Hungarian youngsters, your homeland now needs you! The homeland needs you; come and fight with us, so when the time comes that you need the homeland, you will still have it.
Respected ladies and gentlemen, I think we have talked everything through! We collected the [horse] trappings; we saddled up and prepared for the three-week election campaign. The only thing left is to ask the good Lord — now we are not singing it as we usually do, but in prose, in a poem, as Ferenc Kölcsei taught us. We have never done it like this before. Let’s try it together! O, God: bless the nation of Hungary. With your grace and bounty extend over it your guarding arm during strife with its enemies. Long torn by ill fate, bring upon it a time of relief. This nation has suffered for all sins of the past and of the future!
Hungarians! Raise high the flags! Go and fight; long live Hungarian freedom, and long live the homeland. Up for victory! Hoorah Hungary, hoorah Hungarians!