If my great grandfather x 2 hadn’t left Poland to escape Bismark’s persecution of Catholics I might be living in this backward, shithole of a country today.
Gay rights is emerging as a key campaign theme in the presidential election as the race grows close between Duda, backed by the nationalist conservative ruling party, and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who has called for tolerance for gays and lesbians.
Duda, who is 48, told his supporters that his parents’ generation did not struggle to cast off communism only to now accept “an ideology” that he thinks “is even more destructive to the human being.”
The president said that during Poland’s communist era, regimes ensured survival by indoctrinating the youngest generation.
“That was Bolshevism. It was the ideologizing of children,” he said. “Today, there are also attempts to push an ideology on us and our children, but different. It’s totally new, but it is also neo-Bolshevism.”
There’s actually nothing specifically Polish about Duda’s radical homophobia. It’s actually something much worse. The President of a country with over 30 million people and the 6th largest economy in Europe is accusing people who advocate gay rights of “Cultural Bolshevism.” In other words, he’s an old school Nazi cloaking his antisemitism behind an argument for persecuting an even more vulnerable minority. He’s making more or less the same argument Władysław Gomułka did in 1968 when Poland expelled the last of its Jewish intelligensia, trying to divert social discontent into right wing conspiracy theories.
I’m no fan of the Civic Forum Party. They’re basically a gang of neoliberal assholes. But by all means if you live in Poland vote for Rafal Trzaskowski. That’s my official endorsement as a Polish American communist.