In Memoriam: The Importance Of Being Balint

Two hundred years after the American Founding came a
defender of our Constitution`s principles,

Balint Vazsonyi,
who toiled in the tents of revival
and rededication until he passed away on January 17.

With nothing but hope and determination, Balint, a
budding concert pianist, walked out of Soviet-occupied
Hungary with his mother and brother in 1956, crossing on
foot through the mountains to Austria.

He found his way to Florida State University in
Tallahassee where he acquired both a music degree from a
famous fellow Hungarian, Erno Dohnanyi, and his life`s
partner, Barbara – a gifted pianist in her own right.

Those who have heard the Vazsonyis perform Mozart`s
Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos or Dohnanyi`s
Valse Symphonique for Two Pianos
have experienced
the sublime.

Balint had a career as a concert pianist, recording
artist, and as professor and dean of music. But as years
rolled by, Balint grew increasingly concerned that
American education was

ceasing to pass on the principles and cultural wealth

in which our success is based.  Disturbed at the

of America, he resolved to do something
about it.

Balint wrote an important book,

America`s Thirty Years War,
showing the source
of the alien ideas that are subverting our culture and

He became a

newspaper columnist
, and he and Barbara organized

a cross country bus tour
of state capitals to renew
enthusiasm for the Constitution.

Balint`s view was that America is his country, and he
was not going to lose it because citizens neglected its

In his writings and lectures, Balint stressed

“the Four Points of the Compass.”
These are: the
rule of law,

equality before the law
which means individual–not
group–rights, the security of property, and a common
American identity.

Balint realized that

, hyphenated-Americanisms,

racial quotas,
redistribution, and rule by

unaccountable regulators
are erasing American
principles and turning our country into something the
founding fathers designed the Constitution to prevent.

Balint was struck by the hostility to American
principles on the part of politicians, media, academics
and intellectuals. He recognized it as the same
hostility to freedom that he experienced under the Nazis
and Communists.

The ideas that destroyed Europe are now actively at
work in the U.S.  To combat these ideas successfully,
more of us need to rally to the defense of

“the Four Points of the Compass.”



leaders have failed our country.  They
have worked to disconnect us from our ideals, and they
have attached themselves to alien philosophies that
oppose our principles.  Balint knew that the enemies
that most threaten us are not in Iraq but right here at

We require politicians, Balint said, who will

Re-Elect America
and actively oppose the practices
and principles that are in direct contradiction to the
American Founding. In the struggle ahead, celebrate and
emulate the Vazsonyis.

Craig Roberts is the author with Lawrence M. Stratton of

The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name
of Justice
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for Peter
Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.