There are two periods that still divide the population in the short history of the Third Republic. The first one is the 'past eight years', which denies the achievements of the past socialist government. The second one is called the 'past twenty years', which denies the achievements of our democratic values. The whole political class, including Fidesz, LMP, and a few shy socialists, are responsible for the fact that Hungary looks down on itself and denies its own achievements. These people, whom I call 'killers of our past', entered into an alliance with the extremists, radicals and with those who still think it is possible to make politics without politics. This is a huge help for the present administration, which the opposition is so eager to get rid of. But it is not only us politicians who went astray. The media, the financial and cultural elite also carry a huge share in the fact that the answer to mediocrity and crime is the wholesale denial of our past. In their opinion neither politicians, nor political systems are worth saving. What is left is daydreaming of a better future, the shadow power of the Orbán-Nyerges-Simicska group, and the apathy of the people. There were ten thousand people at a demonstration organized by the Solidarity movement. Milla held its own demonstration. But people are not satisfied because they want action instead of words. And to transform those words into action, they have to believe in the Third Republic. They have to believe that politics is working, and it is working for them. There is no other way. Self-denial won't help. We are digging our own grave if we extinguish our faith in a democratic Hungary. And all that will be left is nihilism. And Orbán is laughing up to his sleeve. Have a good Sunday.
Ferenc Gyurcsány; Facebook/Gyurcsányblog; March 11. 2012.