A few weeks ago, Hungary had some kind of midterm elections. On election night, U.S. ambassador to Hungary, Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, visited the three "democratic" parties which will be represented in parliament. She did not visit the Jobbik party, which holds seats in Parliament, because she said the party is not a democratic institution.
Jobbik is what I consider an extreme rightist party...even further right than Rush Limbaugh. The party, “relies on a combination of ethno-nationalism with anti-elitst populist- and a radical critique of existing political institutions.” (wikipedia, jobbik). Jobbik has close ties with the Magyar Gárda, which was officially disband in 2008 for violating the human-rights of minority groups in Hungary. Jobbik wants Hungary to regain the land it lost to its neighbors at the end of WWI. The party is accused of being anti-Semitic, violently homophobic, and racist (primarily the Roma or "gypsies" of Hungary)
Morvai Krisztina, the leading candidate in Jobbik, was infuriated when Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis did not visit the Jobbik party. She wrote a letter to ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, saying essentially that she does not know democracy.
But this brings up several questions:
In a democracy, do we have the right to vote in a party with non-democratic values? Hitler and his party were voted into power democratically. Are human-rights innately democratic issues? Do we need some sort of "moral code" of democracy...but wouldn't that too be undemocratic? Democracy is based on the educated public voting, should only educated people be allowed to vote?