US Republicans to gather in Budapest for CPAC

On March 25 and 26, the American gathering of Republicans, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), will be held in Budapest at the Várkert Bazaar, the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights announced at a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday.

Miklós Szánthó also said that:

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been invited to be the keynote speaker at CPAC Hungary.

Hundreds of participants are expected to attend, with distinguished speakers from abroad and from Hungary. Santiago Abascal Conde, president of the right-wing VOX party from Spain, and the son of the Brazilian president, Eduardo Bolsonaro, have also accepted the invitation, the director said. US senators, congressmen, many prominent figures from the US intellectual community, heads of European research institutes and journalists will also attend the event, he added. Szánthó expressed the hope that right-wing European leaders, decision-makers, national leaders, party politicians and MEPs would accept their invitations as well.

The director of the Center for Fundamental Rights recalled that last September it was announced that the event would be brought to Hungary, which is not only a conference, a gathering of the right-wing camp, but also a show. He added that in the United States, CPAC brings together the leading figures of the conservative right — politicians, journalists, academics, intellectuals, opinion leaders, influencers, celebrities — and together they express the strength of the American right.

The importance of the event is reflected in the fact that since it was first held in 1974, all current Republican presidents have attended, from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump.

He also said that CPAC Hungary will not only be a Hungarian-American event, but an international one, with decision-makers, opinion-makers and politicians from all over Western civilization: from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. 

The theme of the conference is based on the triple unity of „God, country, family”

– said Miklós Szánthó, adding that these three words express a value system that is „under comprehensive and global attack in the West today.”

“We can also thank the Liberals, because by putting these values under fire at a level never before experienced, you have done us Conservatives the favor of making us set aside the issues that might divide or separate us, issues on which we disagree, and focus on the really important issues that unite us” 

– he said, adding that:

In the name of social justice, political correctness, they try to destroy the Judeo-Christian foundations of civilization; they try to undermine the importance of the nation; they try to make national identity irrelevant; and through all existing legal, political and cultural means, they try to undermine national sovereignty, to shift decision-making from the national to the global international space. The most sacred unit of society, the family, has been comprehensively attacked; the clarity of the genders of male and female has been eroded; and the right of parents to choose how their children are raised, including sex education, has been called into question.

One of the aims of CPAC Hungary is to serve as a link between conservatives in Western civilization, to connect them and to show liberals that conservative forces can work together internationally, he said.

He agreed with the recent statement by philosopher Yoram Hazony, head of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, that the most important intellectual forces are coming from a conservative direction. And the most important conservative intellectual forces are coming from Hungary.

„In this conservative counter-revolution, Hungary and Hungarian intellectual life, the Center for Fundamental Rights and its domestic partners, must play a leading role”

– said Miklós Szánthó, adding that this is why Prime Minister Orbán was invited to be the keynote speaker at the conference.

At the press conference, a welcome address by Matt Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, was also screened.

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