"It's not about setting a goal for a certain time period, but rather about giving meaning to our lives within a period of time."
"Once liberal democracy started breaking the ties that bind man to reality and life, started questioning gender identity, devaluing religious identity, and deemed national affiliation to be redundant, it contents radically changed. This is the zeitgeist of the past 20-30 years in Europe."
"The lay of the land favors the liberals, but there is something on our side nonetheless that can be said to be beautiful, free and just; something that can be summed up as Christian freedom."
“Policies geared towards Christian freedom are about working to protect everything that liberals neglect, forget about, or despise."
These quotes were taken from a speech Viktor Orbán gave today at an annual gathering in Baile Tusnad, Transylvania, Romania. I have found Orbán's annual speeches at Baile Tusnad to be engrossing since I began following them four years ago. An interesting mix of politics, philosophy, and religion, Orbán uses the annual speech at Transylvania to reflect upon the year that has passed as well predict the course of the year to come as it regards Hungary and Europe.
I am not a big fan of politics in general, but I am becoming increasingly convinced that Orbán not only understands things are coming to point, but has committed himself and the nation he serves to a side - a side flies in the face of Western liberal democracy and everything contemporary liberalism stands for. It was especially intriguing to listen to him contrast liberalism with what he termed "Christian liberties."
This year's Baile Tusnad speech was a truly hopeful one. I will work to get my hands on a transcript, which I will post here in its entirety, even if I have to translate it myself.