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LEAVE HUNGARY ALONE! The Obama Administration is taking sides with the EU to FORCE HUNGARY to change its laws!

How outraged can I be?  The Hungary situation is outrageous.  The EU is trying to use legal and economic power to force Hungary to change internal laws that are none of the EU’s business. Here’s the legal threats:

Unimpressed by Mr. Orban’s facile promises, the majority parties in the European Parliament now want governmental leaders to consider invoking a clause of the E.U. treaty that would strip Hungary of some voting rights if Mr. Orban continued to flout European law. Europe’s powers to nudge Hungary back from authoritarianism are limited. But to its credit, it has begun wielding them.

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If Hungary fails to satisfy the commission on those issues, the matter could go to the European Court of Justice, which has the authority to fine Hungary.

Beyond that, under rules adopted after a far-right party became part of the Austrian government in 2000, the union can suspend a member country’s voting rights if it is found to be in breach of the union’s fundamental values. But that is seen as a “nuclear option,” said one official who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Now we turn to economic pressure:

 Brussels sees Orbán’s constitutional reform as a violation of EU law, and is threatening to deny economic aid to the heavily indebted country. It’s a remarkable development for a country once seen as a model for reform to be emulated by other countries in the region.

What are the laws the EU is so concerned about?  Is Hungary a one-party state?  Does the president have too much power?  Is a minority group in danger?  Nothing that exciting!

The new Hungarian laws violate European Union rules enshrining institutional checks and balances and individual freedoms. One law permits the government to expand the constitutional court and pack it with political appointees. Another allows the prime minister to appoint key central bank officials. Still another reduces the independence of the country’s data-protection agency.

As for court-packing, FDR, call your office!  Our Supreme Court selection process has been thoroughly politicized since 1986 when Sen. Ted Kennedy accused Judge Robert Bork of bringing back Jim Crow laws.  And, why shouldn’t the central bank be under the control of ELECTED officials?  Might give other nations in Europe an idea!  Finally, what is the business of all the EU nations over these laws?  Where is the United States – protecting the sovereignty of Hungary?  No, I am afraid not!  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking for all of us said this:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that she expressed concerns about Hungary’s new media law and constitution in talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

She raised the issue after writers, philosophers and other opponents of Hungary’s old communist regime said the new center-right government restricted press freedom, curbed the powers of the top court and passed a constitution which tied the hands of future governments.

Imagine passing a constitution that ties the hand of future governments!  Isn’t that the idea of a Constitution in the first place?  To protect immutate principles?

And who is this PM in Hungary who is a potential authoritarian?  He stood up to the communists and formed a new party when it became legal to do so:

Orbán was a founding member of the Fidesz party (an acronym of FIatal DEmokraták SZövetsége which means “Alliance of Young Democrats” in Hungarian), which was formed on 30 March 1988. On 16 June 1989, Orbán gave a speech in Heroes’ Square, Budapest, on the occasion of the reburial of Imre Nagy and other national martyrs of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. In his speech he demanded free elections and the withdrawal of Soviet troops. The speech brought him wide national and political acclaim.[4] In the summer of 1989 he took part in the Opposition Roundtable negotiations.

He does not want to answer to foreigners:

Orbán long refused to tolerate foreign interference. Hungary, he said, had allowed itself to be subjugated by the Habsburgs and later the Soviets, and now that the nation was free, a Hungarian should no longer have to bow to anyone. But now the premier is slowly coming around, although the tug of war between Orbán and his detractors is still a risky game. Both sides could be bluffing. A Hungarian bankruptcy would be a serious blow to European banks, especially those in Austria. Can Europe allow an EU country to rush headlong into financial ruin in order to stop a man whose democratic convictions might not be worth a €20 billion bet?

Alas, the EU bureaucrats cannot stand a sovereign nation.  Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who was a student radical in the 60s, has apparently been thoroughly compromised by the power of the establishment:

Another critic, Daniel Cohn-Bendit of the Green Party group, told Mr. Orban, “The E.U. is not a welcome mat that you wipe your feet on.”

The United States should support Hungary.  We should stand with their assertion of sovereignty.  Finances in Europe must not be a weapon to force submission to the EU elites.  Today it’s judicial appointments, tomorrow it’ll be sustainability.  But the US is on the wrong side of liberty again. See this viewpoint from LewRockwell.com – check out the impressive photos of the people in the streets protesting in favor of the government’s stand for sovereignty.

The next county to be told what to do under threat of economic ruin may be the US.  Look at the sitaation in the UK in re the accused/convicted terrorist Abu Qataba where the ECHR barred extradition to Jordan where the government wants to sentence him.  Here’s the column by Bruce Anderson (I agree with) in Conservative Home.

To that, there are two possible responses. The first is acquiescence: the acceptance that Britain is no longer sovereign: that our Government is no longer able to protect us; that whatever their pretensions and their claims to status, however many demands that they make on the tax-payer, our ministers have to wait in the ante-rooms of a court in Strasbourg before they can tell us what the law is in England.

The second is a reassertion of national sovereignty and national pride. There is no need to wait: put Abu Qatada on a plane and send him to Jordan. If that provokes a political crisis, bring it on. Let those who oppose the Government’s decision explain why they believe that the British people are unfit to govern themselves; why they believe that a legal system and a democracy which have endured and evolved over the centuries should now be treated with contempt.

What could foreigners tell us?  No ban on abortions, gay marriage in every state, enforced Agenda 21, no more unilateral military action even if necessary, ratification of evil UN treaties like the Child Treaty and CEDAW, a ban on capital punishment even for willful murder, no more support for Israel.  I am sure you can come up with other ideas.

We refused to support Hungary in 1956 when they begged on the radio for liberation.  We then gave the communist regime in the 70s the Crown of St. Stephen instead of waiting for a legitimate regime to give it to.  Now this.  One day, we’ll need Hungary for something, say at the UN, and they’ll be within their rights to say three words that believers should not say or write.

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

3 Responses to “LEAVE HUNGARY ALONE! The Obama Administration is taking sides with the EU to FORCE HUNGARY to change its laws!”

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  2. You're an idiot. says:

    Are you a complete dunce? You know nothing of the recent changes in the Hungarian government that basically commits FIDESZ to be the never-ending ruling party. They are trying to cheat the Hungarian people of basic human rights…which is why the EU is on their case in the first place. They are supposed to be a democratic republic, much like the USA, but democracy is being taken away from them. Anyone who supports FIDESZ supports a totalitarian state. I am a dual citizen of the US and Hungary and I do not think you should be commenting on ANYTHING pertaining to their government if you do not understand. Do you support the anti-semitism, anti-Roma, extreme right-wing neo-Nazi party Jobbik?? Nationalism is NOT the way of the future. Get your head out of your conservative ass and study your history/politics before you open your mouth. Ugh. You probably don't even know where Hungary is on a map.

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    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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