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Without question, the ideas of liberty, justice, and rights are foundational to our modern understanding of politics. Defining them is so controversial because they are so important.
Hungary jumped ahead of many of its peers in the EU by taking sides with the U.S. on Syria, which may reap some much needed diplomatic rewards as the country awaits its new U.S. Ambassador.
Diplomatic experience had convinced Kennan that democracy was inimical to a mature and responsible foreign policy, in part because democracies had to contend with a public opinion that was woefully uninformed and erratic.
There is much to cherish in an American culture of individuals who paved their own paths and built their own communities. Perhaps the desire to return to a more self-reliant culture, was one reason Hungarians identified with the American wild west as seen through popular culture.