Poland/Hungary – In an interview broadcast on Monday, June 7, by CNN, former US President Barack Obama once again demonstrated the widening gap between conservatives and “liberals”, for whom words no longer seem to have the same meaning.
“Hungary and Poland obviously did not have the same democratic traditions as we did…”
Warning against the pace at which democracy can be transformed into authoritarianism – which we are indeed seeing from a certain point of view in Western Europe… but rather because of the policies enforced by the liberals themselves – Barack Obama declared, taking up an argument that current American President Joe Biden had already used during his election campaign, also referring to Poland and Hungary: “An undemocratic America is not going to happen in just one bang. It happens in a series of steps.
And when you look what’s happened in places like Hungary and Poland, that obviously did not have the same democratic traditions as we did, they weren’t as deeply rooted, and yet as recently as 10 years ago were functioning democracies, now essentially have become authoritarian.”
And then former President Obama went on to acquiesce to the interviewer’s remark that “democracy doesn’t always die in a military coup, democracy dies at the ballot box,” that is to say, when people do not vote as they should.