Marjorie Taylor Greene, Are You American Or Not?

A couple days ago, American representative and resident nutjob Marjorie Taylor Greene declared that, should the Republicans win the midterm elections, Ukraine will not receive any more support in its existential war against Russia.

And I only have one response to that:

Are you or are you not an American?

There was a time when America called itself the ‘Arsenal of Democracy.’ When America prided itself on being the backbone of the Free World and the ideals of democracy, freedom and liberty.

Guess those times are over, huh?

Look, I hate American imperialism as much as anybody. The attempted conquests of Afghanistan and Iraq (let us not kid ourselves here, that’s exactly what they were) were black marks on America’s already spotty record. They impose their culture on everybody else, demand perpetual recognition of their achievements and deflect any criticism. Americans are assholes, pure and simple.

Aaaand now they’re retreating into isolationism.

Isolationism is bad, okay? I’m going to do a whole post on why one of these days, but the short version is isolationism hurts everybody. It hurts your country, it hurts your allies and trading partners, it even hurts your enemies (who are also often your trading partners. International politics are complicated)! This is especially true when we’re talking about America.

Because, as much as we like to complain about Americans and their ego, the fact remains that they are the biggest economy in the world. And, as such, they are literally the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ whether they like it or not.

Which brings us back to Ukraine. Ukraine is fighting for its life against genocidal imperialist and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Putin has made no bones about his end goal for Ukraine: the eradication of the state and its people. He sees Ukraine as an extension of Russia, not an independent nation with its own history and customs.

So far, he hasn’t succeeded. And while a lot of that has to do with the valiant efforts of Ukraine’s defenders, a lot of it also has to do with America’s unstinting support.

The United States of America, forgive me, kind of found its groove again with the Ukrainian war. It’s supporting a democracy, in a way that actually supports it: with the weapons and money Ukraine needs, not by invading.

‘America’s back,’ Joe Biden proclaimed when he took office. And he came through.

So I ask MGT once more:

Are you American? Or Russian?


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Wow, What A Month!

Holy shiitake mushrooms, Batman! This has been one interesting month, hasn’t it? First, Pok√©mon Legends: Arceus came out. Then my (nearly fifteen-year-old) hard-drive needed to be replaced, forcing more delays on my writing.

What else? What other world-shaking event could possibly have happened this month?

Oh yeah. Vladimir “I’m too crazy for Russia, crazy for Russia” Putin decided to invade freaking Ukraine! And botch it.

People much more informed than me have been discussing this on Twitter and elsewhere, but I’ll sum up the general consensus here:

Putin dun goofed. The Ukrainians have shown far stiffer resistance than expected, the Russian army has shown itself to be thoroughly incompetent, both NATO and the EU are reinvigorated… the list goes on. Select Russian banks have been kicked out of SWIFT, the international banking communications system. China is playing it cool.

The final analysis is that a lot of Russians, Ukrainians and others are going to die for… nothing. This is a pointless, stupid war. Putin will gain nothing from this, though it may sow the seeds for his eventual downfall.

What a waste of human life.

Regular posting will be back next month, I promise. See you next week!


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