Viktor Orban: “drag the ancient virtue of courage out from under the silt of oblivion”

We are walking into a nightmare, not a dream.

Dover Beach

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave an important speech last week (March 15, 2016) on the national holiday remembering Hungary’s 1848-49 revolution and fight for independence. In his address, Mr.Orbán spoke not only to Hungarians but also to the European people about today’s migrant crisis. It is a speech well worth hearing.

“Salutations to you, Hungarian freedom, on this the day you are born!”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Compatriots, Hungarians around the World,

With a cockade sewn by Júlia Szendrey pinned to his chest, a volume of poems in his pocket, and the still thrilling experience of the Revolution in his head, these are the words with which the poet Sándor Petőfi welcomed the fifteenth of March in his journal. Salutations to you, Hungarian freedom, on this the day you are born! And today also, one hundred and sixty-eight years later, it is with unfettered joy, the optimism of early spring, high hopes…

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