Today I would like to speak about many things: about
Lithuania which has become free and independent again by the end of the 20th
century, about our achievements and sombre reality, problems of an individual,
society, and the State.
We all see and worry about the fact that the people
and the State of Lithuania suffer from government falls, marks of financial and
economic crisis, increasing unemployment, poverty of a large segment of
society. Being unable to find jobs, Lithuania’s youth go elsewhere to seek
happiness, and those who complete studies abroad, find it very hard to adjust
to our present-day corrupt Lithuania, to return home because they are afraid to
become inessential. Left without a vision of the future, Lithuania’s rural
population strive to survive but being unable to comprehend new tendencies, to
receive a plausible explanation of Government policy, some earnings or state
support, they wash away their best, most productive years with moonshine,
disillusioned and cursing each one and everything, but most of all -
intelligentsia, avoiding blames for being over - politisized, ridiculed or
condemned for any of the works created or speeches made in the past, choose to
stay in the shadows, letting those who are neither experts of public
development processes nor of their own profession, to become society’s teachers
or critics. We may talk a lot about these matters, each time depicting new,
gloomy views of reality, however today the more important issue is: what shall
we do? What has to be done and how, so that Lithuania would regain Hope and
Vision as it did ten years ago, in the most glorious time of Sŕjűdis, and Lithuanian people would see
and comprehend the road we are taking and will take, which intermediate goals
we have to achieve along this road so that the journey be successful.
At the very
beginning it will be only Hope and Vision but they should become reality.
Vision of a beautiful, prosperous Lithuania must become desirable and
attainable for free Lithuania which has entered a second decade of its existence.
It is more likely that at the beginning only politically mature and civically
aware people, discussing, arguing and finding the best solutions through
discussions, shall support this aim, but I don’t have any doubt that the establishment and strengthening of
modern Lithuania, the State of free and prosperous people, which is based upon
the initiative and government of free citizens will receive understanding and
support among wide sections of the population.
All of us who stand by the origins of the Homeland People’s Party - moderate
rightist party - will have to be persistent and determined people
possessing sufficient political will to
achieve what is promised, not to stop halfway, not to retreat in the face of
the first obstacles, armed with patience and a desire to come to agreement with
all who seek good for our State, if we wish to make our dream of a free,
beautiful, prosperous, democratic Lithuania, come true.
This is not an easy job that will last for a year.
Not all of us who are together today will be able to rejoice at the results
because only young people shall have the great privilege to see the fruits of their labours and enjoy
them. However many of us who are gathered here, already are parents with growing up children and grandchildren, and
we undoubtedly desire that at least their Lithuania be more just, better,
cleaner and even more beautiful.
Success of our common effort will greatly depend on
our fundamental values and precepts. Today
we are signing the Constituent Declaration of the Homeland People’s Party which
proclaims what is most important and dear to us. That is -
EQUALITY OF ALL BEFORE LAW
AND THE RULE OF LAW
AND TRANSPARENCY OF STATE GOVERNING
VALUES which, we are certain, shall be abided by every individual, public or
Undoubtedly these are the precepts of a moderate
rightist party, the party in the European tradition. These are the precepts of
the political power which represents the interests of people who are ready to
assume responsibility for themselves and the family which strives to educate
its children and ensure peaceful old age. These
are the precepts of a citizens’ party, citizens in a true sense of this word.
Homeland People’s Party - a modern contemporary party. It shall not divide
Lithuania’s people into better and worse, but shall be open to all who are
ready to work for Lithuania.
Homeland People’s Party - a democratic party realising the necessity of
discussion within the party and understanding that solution might be found only
Concluding I would like to invite all of you to join
in a common effort. All of you wherever you live, whatever your age, I invite for a joint effort to make
Lithuania more just, beautiful and better.