I can only “imagine” what people must be feeling and I hope that Putin will keep “his hands off of the Ukraine” in the days to come.
A great quote from Thomas Jefferson sums up it up quite nicely: “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”
The price of liberty is “eternal vigilance” and they’re off to a wonderful start which hopefully never ends.
The resistance that is happening is “exciting and inspiring.” To see Ukrainian people “shake off” tyranny while at the same time seeing people in America “embrace” tyranny makes me fearful for the future.
What does it say for America when Ukraine has to teach Americans the “value of freedom” and the “costs of tyranny?”
Perhaps tyranny is something we must first “experience” ourselves in order to “appreciate” what it’s like to not be in its grasp.
Want the “truth” of what is going on in the Ukraine? Listen to author, artist and historian Oleg Atbashian. He appears at 8:10 in the video below:
There will be “challenging” times lie ahead for Ukraine. The “resistance” was uplifting to behold. Some have criticized the activists as merely fighting over “which master to serve” without any consideration for the “bloody history” of domination exerted by Russia over Ukraine.
These same people sit on their hands as “tyrants” take hold of their country. I say to them at least the Ukrainians fight. Even if the “despots” return they will always have to think “twice” because of this uprising.
The lives lost in “revolutions” are becoming fewer and fewer. Technology is advancing at such a rapid pace that the primacy of the “individual man” cannot be resisted by the State for much longer.
We will “face” the same challenges before “too long” here in the United States and what has “happened” in Ukraine is encouraging.
My thoughts and prayers are with those in the Ukraine and the families of the “martyrs.” It reminds me of words spoken November 19, 1863 after a victory, which can also be applied here:
“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot allow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Another blow has been struck. The “fire of freedom” sometimes smolders but somehow can never seem to be “extinguish” completely. Let their “martyrs have not fallen in vain.”
And let us not forget to heap our “disdain and disapproval” on Barack Obama and John Kerry for their “inability” to see and understand the problem, their “blindness” in envisioning a solution to the problem and their “weak” leadership in implementing a “peaceful” solution to the problem in the Ukraine.
“This is an act of aggression …. It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century. … You just don’t invade another country …” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said (Meet the Press, March 2).
Although it drips with “arrogance and ignorance,” which makes it easy to discard in frustration, there is enormous “value” in Kerry’s remark. It’s valuable for the profound “insight” it furnishes into the worldview of America’s leaders and the “fatal mentality” at the heart of America’s foreign policy.
The arrogance stems from the “supplanting of fact with personal opinion.” Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the hours and days prior to John Kerry’s statement, showed that “indeed you can in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion.” But that didn’t matter.
Instead of being “rooted” in evidence, historical or scientific, the “truthfulness” of Kerry’s remark derives from the eloquence and confidence with which it is delivered, and most importantly, the authority of the source. It was quintessential Obama administration: “This is the truth because I say it’s the truth.”
Then there’s the obvious “ignorance”, both of the nature of this crisis and the character and strategy of Vladimir Putin. But, most fundamentally, of “human nature.”
The Obama administration apparently believes that “because we live in the 21st century, because our leaders have Ph.D.’s and were educated at Oxford and Yale, because the world is highly globalized and our leaders engage in erudite diplomacy, because human civilization is more sophisticated and advanced,” that we have evolved beyond the era of invasions and wars.
“This is the 21st century,” they seem to reason, “we’re too smart, too progressive, to invade nations and start wars.”
It’s a pleasant thought, and one we all wish was true. But it ignores a basic reality: “The 21st-century human heart is exactly the same as the 19th-century human heart, and the 10th-century human heart, and the 1st-century human heart. It’s true that 21st-century man is smarter (at least in the sense that we have more knowledge), is more sophisticated (or at least it seems), and has better technology. But our added intelligence and sophistication comes with a handicap.”
It has “blinded” us to the fact that our “human nature” remains the same!
I love pictures over words… which may show us what “we are in for” as we approach the glorious fulfillment of our own revolution of “Next Tuesday.”
“We don’t need a head of state who draws phony red lines with a pink crayon.” Lt. Col. Oliver North