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Our National Stew

Our National Stew: Opinion Viktor Orban, leader of Hungary and a famous, and perhaps infamous conservative said in a presentation at the US National Conservatism Conference that he once walked to Margaret Thatcher's flat and knocked on the door. The Iron Lady came to the door, opened it and simply said: “I disagree with everything you say!” It is a great story and more telling than anyone listening to him speaking could even begin to understand. Orban is not one who comes immediately to mind when Margret Thatcher is brought up. Ronald Reagan is most often the name associated with the British Prime Minister of the day, but this is all a good illustration of a point that should be brought to the very front of our conscience: Nationalism means differing things to different people. To people in Europe in general, and these days, in Eastern Europe in specific, it is a matter of heritage. That is, people belonging to a particular ethnic group, and geographic location perh