Prime Minister Viktor Orbán - Photo: MTI

Orbán: Saying no to migration, gender ideology and war ‘antidote to progressive virus’

The Western world is "under attack from a virus developed in progressive liberal laboratories", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Budapest. And Hungary has the antidote: "We have to say no to migration, gender and war," he added.

Addressing the gathering on Thursday, organised for the second time by the Center for Fundamental Rights, Orbán greeted participants as “defenders of the free world”.

Hungary is an “incubator” for devising the conservative politics of the future and the place where the defeat of progressive liberals and a conservative, Christian political turnaround not only has been talked about but accomplished, too, the prime minister said.

“Hungary’s radiant success” when Fidesz came to power in 2010 “was ignored worldwide until 2015”, he said.

“Had [American financier] George Soros not attacked Hungary and declared a programme to settle millions of illegal migrants in Europe with the help of the NGOs on his payroll, we would never have made it to the headlines of global media,” Orbán said.

“When they flooded the Balkans with illegal migrants and constructed the people-smuggling route into the heart of Europe, they came up against Hungary. We commanded a halt to that, took on the challenge and defended ourselves, built a fence and protected our homeland,” he said.

Orbán said that protection, however, was only possible by taking on “spiritual and ideological battles, too”. “Migration is an important part of liberal progressive philosophy,” he said.

The nation, he said, had been “a great invention of the West and the heart and soul of the free world”, but all nations, he added, were currently under attack.

“We are all under attack, in Europe as in the US, and that attack in not economic in nature … we face a virus attacking the most vulnerable point of the Western world: the nation,” Orbán said.

“This virus was developed in liberal progressive laboratories … and is being multiplied and spread all over the world,” he said.

At the same time, “the nation state is also the Achilles’ heel of the Western world”. “Should nations crumble and evaporate, the opportunity for a free life will be lost and the West will fail,” he said. “People without a homeland cannot be free; only the homeless, the displaced, the playthings of the global elite,” he said.

The attack was successful, he said. “It is not looking good for the West in the race of civilisations,” he said.

Meanwhile, Orbán said “the essence of illegal migration is to destroy the international community, to unravel the cultural basis necessary for the functioning of the nation state.”

“The woke movement and gender propaganda have the same objectives,” Orbán added. “Just like communism used to do, they divide the nation into artificial minorities and then incite antagonism between them; this is the basis for their power,” he insisted.

Western nations are also jeopardised by progressive foreign policies which “always drag us into war”, he said. “The colour revolutions were always triggered by the slogan of freedom, then liberal and progressive indoctrination followed, leaving behind chaos and the shame felt because of nations left unsupported.”

“If Donald Trump were president of the US, Ukraine and Europe would not be inflicted by war,” Orbán said. “Return, Mr. President, make America great again, and bring us peace,” the prime minister said.

Orbán said progressive politics had always been imperialistic. “They put nations under diplomatic pressure to declare whether they support migration, gender propaganda, the relativisation of families and the sexualisation of children. Whoever is not willing to do that is viewed as the enemy, and they issue a liberal fatwa against them,” he said.

The latest progressive goal in foreign policy is to strip EU member states of their right to shape their own foreign policy, Orbán said. The fight to stop them will be “the greatest battle of the coming months in Brussels.”

The prime minister said, “The will of the people: that is democracy itself.” This, he added, was “the weak spot of progressives; that’s where we can catch them.”

The “antidote to the progressive virus is here in Hungary, accessible to all … it works well and is adaptable everywhere,” Orbán said.

“All you have to do is write, ‘No migration, no gender, no war’ on a banner before the elections…” he added.

Hungarians have stopped illegal migration at the border, banned gender propaganda in schools and are working for peace without compromise, Orbán said, adding that “people can feel when it’s their lives on the line, and will vote for the political force that protects the nation and represents their values.”

In recent years, right-wing forces “have successfully occupied great European sanctuaries such as Budapest, Warsaw, Rome and Jerusalem; and we have high hopes for Vienna. But the two main temples of modern democracy, Washington and Brussels, are still in the hands of liberals. Let’s work to change that!” Orbán said.

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