Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Democrat-ization of Hungary

Democrat-ization of Hungary
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
December 28, 2010

The headline and subheading of December 27’s editorial could easily have read “The Obamaization of America? A power-hungry president is about to embarrass the United States.”

Be careful casting aspersions, as what the Post accuses Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of doing can be said of Mr. Obama – elected from populist cloth, demonstrating himself to be power-hungry in myriad attempts to nationalize health care, the banks, the auto industry and communications in the United States as recent FCC discussions regarding the internet are proving. As with Orban, Obama, eerily similar names, took power with a large legislative majority.

Although Obama has not approached Orban’s Fidesz party in seizing control over “state television channels and all other public media outlets,” he is hypercritical of any news outlet that dares criticize him. Obama has proven to have as thin a skin as any president in history, demonstrating his petulant child-like behavior challenging his critics in public displays of “am not.”

While Fidesz is right of center, the behavior in Hungary should be labeled the Democrat-ization of Hungary – big “D” Democrat as opposed to little “d.”

Further, the editorial suggestion to boycott the May European Union summit meeting convening in Budapest, smacks of the economic boycotts demanded by American Democrats regarding issues as flying the Confederate flag atop the South Carolina capitol building and forcing Arizona to acquiesce in adopting the Dr. King holiday.

While I agree with the editorial that Orban has gone too far, I see clearly the comparison to Obama the Post won’t make.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA.

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