Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Freedom in the Crosshairs

 Why is the news so depressing?

Why does it seem that we are being attacked in our very homes for what we believe, how we live, and how we perceive the country and the world?

Why do a vocal minority want to impose their values on the majority and take away freedom of choice, but yet do nothing about the carnage in America?

And what about mall shootings?

School shootings?

So much blood being spilled. 

I'm in a dark place this morning, I guess. 

I read an email about how democracy is dying.

A portion of that email:

That argument, articulated most clearly by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, is that the secular principles of liberal democracy—equality before the law, free speech, freedom to go to church or not, academic inquiry, a free press, immigration, companies that can make decisions based on markets rather than morality—destroy virtue by tearing down the sexual and religious guardrails of traditional society. In order to bring that virtue back, right-wing thinkers argue, the government must defend religion and self-sacrifice (although it’s hard to miss that they’re looking for other people to make those sacrifices, not themselves). 

Last week, on May 4 and 5, the Conservative Political Action Conference met in Budapest for the second time, and once again, Orbán delivered the keynote address. The theme was the uniting of the radical right across national boundaries. “Come back, Mr President,” Orbán said of Trump’s 2024 presidential bid. “Make America great again and bring us peace.” Orbán claimed his suppression of LGBTQ+ rights, academic freedom, and the media is a model for the world. 

Plenty of the people there from the U.S. seemed to agree. “Hungary,” Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said, “is a beacon.” (Letters from an American

Note: Highlighting is mine

Freedom is in the crosshairs and under attack from both without and within. The story of Hungary is not one that America should follow.

Be aware!

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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