The Riddle That Isn't
Scripps-Howard News Service 4.23.02
Having written about Hungary some six weeks ago - in response
to an irresponsible article in the Washington Post - my intention
was not to do so again for some time. Surprisingly, though, the
parliamentary elections (completed last Sunday) became the subject
of innumerable articles in the major European journals, and generated
an almost daily commentary in the New York Times.
Over many years, I have been making the most strenuous efforts
to explain the socialist mind set to fellow-Americans, producing
predictably little headway. My Alabama-born wife of 42 years has
served as a daily reminder of the light years that separate standard
American thinking from that mind set, and thus of the almost impossible
task I had set myself.
Can I be blamed, then, if I grab every opportunity that comes my
At issue in Hungary was the re-election of the center-right coalition
that has governed during the past four years, versus a return of
the remodeled Communist Party, now called Socialist. Among the countless
other parties on the fringes, one was on what people call the "far
right" (a misnomer), with openly antisemitic overtones. The
Hungarian electorate - 72% of whom turned out to vote in both rounds
- gave so few votes to the antisemitic party in the first round,
they did not even qualify for a single seat in Parliament.
Nonetheless, the leading dailies of France and Germany have been
crying wolf every day. Hungary's socialists, naturally, made every
effort to paint their opponents - the current government - as being
engaged in "secret negotiations with the far right party."
Why they would do so with an entity brushed off the table like a
dead fly by the electorate, was not explained. Never mind. Hungary's
prime minister, the government, by implication the entire country
was accused daily of antisemitic tendencies.
Now, it is these very same newspapers of world reputation that
have pledged unqualified support for the Palestinian cause which,
as honest people will not dispute, is the disappearance of Israel
from the map. These very same newspapers also report the return
of open antisemitism as socially acceptable once again in Germany
and in France, as well as daily incidents of atrocities against
Jews and Jewish landmarks. Demonstrations featuring little boys
and girls packed with mock sticks of dynamite, wearing suicide-bomber
outfits, are becoming standard in these countries.
Let us understand the proposition clearly. The same newspapers
that display an openly anti-Israeli stance, and report all manifestations
of antisemitism with equanimity, have been having conniption fits
about the "antisemitic peril" in Hungary where no one
has demonstrated against Israel, no one has harmed a synagogue or
a Jewish cemetery, and the only party guilty of verbal transgressions
has been retired from public life.
As proposed above, I am simply seizing an opportunity to demonstrate
the socialist mind set. It is very simple, especially if we allow
ourselves to realize that the first tenet of socialism is to view
America as the enemy. Why is that the first tenet? Because every
aspect of America's existence gives all other socialist tenets the
Yes, the socialist mind set is very simple: The socialist cause
always trumps all others.
In the Middle East, the socialist cause is with the Palestinians
because they are anti-American. In Hungary, the socialist cause
is for The Party to return to power. Advocating both results in
contradictions? Facts, truth - these are bourgeois hang-ups. The
socialist cause trumps everything.
Socialist thought does not come from Russia, as is fashionable
to believe - it comes from France and Germany. Much of what confuses
us in their responses to various situations will become clear and
logical if we realize all of the foregoing. It will also be possible
to anticipate their responses with greater accuracy.
But the real pay-off will occur on the day when we accept that,
as we get nearer to the present time, we have had an increasing
number of Americans falling prey to the socialist mind set - even
"What?" I hear you say. "Socialists in the Congress
of the United States?"
Dozens, dear reader, dozens. And they make no secret of it. Although
of late it has been refurbished and the address altered, they have
their own web site. They call themselves the "Progressive Caucus,"
until recently an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America, itself
an arm of the Socialist International. The Progressive Caucus may
be a separate entity now, but the details of its program, as advertised
on the web site (www.dsausa.org/pc/pc.caucus.html), are indistinguishable
from that of the Socialist International.
To their credit, they make no secret of it. Only the rest of us
prefer not to believe it.
We had better believe it. And we had better remember: the socialist
cause trumps everything.