On February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to invade the sovereign country of Ukraine. Putin seemed possessed by the delusion that he could restore the Soviet Union to its prior formidable stature before it’s fall. His disdain for democracies and his obsession with power and indifference to human suffering is disturbing and dangerous. Sadly, he continues to be admired and emboldened by the support of far-right Republican embarrassments like Fox’s Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump. Republican Americans are reticent to use the word ” traiterous” when it applies to members of it’s own party, and yet use it generously when criticizing democrats. Russian media can’t get enough of Carlson’s reporting on Putin and the invasion of Ukraine. Carlson insists that “Russia was in the right and Ukraine in the wrong—or, at the very least, there was no discernible moral difference between a flawed democracy and the autocracy poised to invade it.” Carlson continuously minimized the threat of invasion as ” a border dispute, and characterized Ukraine as ” not a democracy and ” a puppet regime”. ( The Soapbox March 3, 2022). IMAGINE WHAT THE FAR-RIGHT REACTION WOULD BE IF DON LEMON OFFERED HIS SUPPORT OF THE INVASION OF A DEMOCRACY THAT INVOLVED THE TARGETED MURDER OF INNOCENT CITIZENS.
President Biden is getting widespread accolades and bipartisan support for his tough stance against Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. He has imposed crippling economic sanctions on Russia and many of its oligarchs and their families. He has successfully united our NATO allies to support Ukraine’s military and provide humanitarian relief. He now refers to Putin as a “war criminal” and ” thug.” He is in constant contact with President Zelensky and is offering unprecedented military support for Ukraine’s efforts to fight for the survival of their country. Zelensky is proving to be a leader of great skill in uniting his people to defend their democracy.
In his speech, Zelensky thanked America for their help but urged Biden to do more. “You are the leader of the nation. I wish you to be the world leader; being the world leader means being the leader of peace. We need you right now; I see no sense in life if it cannot stop the deaths,” he said. Disappointed in the U.S. refusal to establish a ” no-fly zone,” Zelensky requested weapons to fight Russian aircraft. Congress jumped to its feet in reaction to his pleadings, showing unity in support of Zelensky’s outstanding, passionate leadership of his people.