Increasingly, world leaders and intellectuals are traveling to the Hungarian capital when they wish to express their traditional and family-friendly opinions without running the risk of being heckled or deplatformed by far left activists.
Former U.S. Vice President, Mike Pence, who served under Donald Trump, is no different in this regard. During his address, at the IV. Budapest Demographic Summit, he spoke about family values and demographic issues with a candidness that is rarely heard in progressive-values dominated Western politics.
With a clarity increasingly scarce in the current GOP, Pence has declared the nuclear family as decisive for the future of our world, and called on the participants of the summit to transform the world back to a state in which family was the most important thing. He said that the crisis in which the institution of the family is currently embroiled in is stabbing our civilization in the heart. He mentioned the decreasing number of marriages alongside the increasing number of divorces and abortions as a sign of this crisis.
The former vice president asserted that only a strong family can create strong communities, and only strong communities can give rise to strong nations. If the West wants to preserve its civilization, and people want to hand over privileges that we currently enjoy to coming generations, then our most important task is to preserve the strength of families. Pence also claimed that there is a consensus among the global elite that the family is obsolete, which they regard as a useless institution. They say families play a secondary role to the state, and they are happy to let the state push parents out from the education of their children.
Pence told his audience that Central European nations understand what it is to live under oppression, what it looks like when the “thought-police” floods their lives with messages that go against sanity and common sense. These former Soviet satellite nations have learned that if they want to live in freedom and democracy, they have to defend their countries against oppressors. The former vice president has acknowledged that these nations now reject the post-Christian and post-nationhood stances of the modern left, and cling to an idea of sovereign and strong nations, which are in turn based on strong families living in peace.
The U.S. politician also spoke up against the current pro-abortion cult thinking that dominates in the West, and claimed that in his country, people have for 50 years denied the right to live to unborn children. He welcomed the Hungarian efforts, which have resulted in a 30 percent drop in abortions. Due to this success, it is not surprising then that this was the topic that dominated Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s address at the summit as well. He claimed that in the past ten years, Hungarian family policies have successfully led to the preservation of 120,000 lives that would have otherwise been aborted. He added that since they took power in 2010, the number of marriages had almost doubled, and the number of abortions has dropped by 40 percent.
Orbán has also pointed out that it is easy to distribute one-off handouts to families without a strategic plan, but it is important that these are supported so that economic growth is not jeopardized. Hungary is spending 5 percent of GDP on families, claimed the Hungarian prime minister. He had criticized the fact that while some cultures are rapidly reproducing, the West is unwilling to sustain itself. Some do not see this as a problem, others would want to fix it with mass migration, which Orbán referred to as a “global plan to resettle a new working class.” He warned that this will result in enormous social tensions and cultural clashes, and European nations that lacked a common identity will rapidly disintegrate.
Orbán also spoke about the LMBTQ lobby’s effort to instrumentalize children for their gender experiments and use them for their narrow political purposes. He spoke about the new Hungarian child-protection laws that prevent gender activists from sidetracking children’s development in schools and kindergartens.
“We are vaccinated against wokeism and our history protects us against the cultural left,” said the Hungarian prime minister.