At a circus in Michigan last Saturday, the head clown was the former guy, aka Donald Trump, and one of the minion clowns was Marge Greene, well known for her conspiracy theories and hate speech. Now, I don’t generally pay attention to things that come out of Greene’s mouth, for to the best of my knowledge, she has never uttered a true or sensible statement yet. However, something she said really galled me …
“We have so many problems here at home, I cannot even think about sending our money over to fund a proxy war with Russia. Zelensky doesn’t run the United States government. He is not our president, but for some reason Joe Biden bends over every single time. … The American people don’t care about that war over there.”
The American people don’t care about that war over there??? Oh yes … oh yes, we DO CARE!!! What angers me most about this is the utter arrogance, the idea that somehow people in the U.S. must be above what happens in the rest of the world. This is complete and total bullshit! Somebody needs to inform Ms. Greene that she does NOT speak for “the American people”! People, innocent people – grandparents, children, mothers and fathers — are being murdered in Ukraine by a madman who dreams of leading an empire and will step on anyone and everyone to realize his dreams. How could we not care???
Somebody should remind Ms. Greene that we all share the same planet … that what affects one, affects all. If Putin conquers Ukraine as he hopes, he will not stop there, but will move on to his next conquest, possibly Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania – all members of NATO. Putin has made no secret of the fact that he hopes to rebuild a Soviet-style empire. It is this sort of attempted world domination that led to WWII and could easily lead to WWIII. The people in Ukraine are no different than the people in Marge’s own district in Georgia … just people trying to take care of their families and live in peace. I wonder how Marge would feel if Mexico invaded Georgia and bombed homes, public buildings and hospitals, killing thousands?
I believe that all people, regardless of skin colour, where they live, ancestry, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity or any other distinctions are valuable. The people in Ukraine who go to bed at night not knowing if they will wake in the morning, who send their children to school not knowing if the school will still be standing by afternoon, are just as human, just as valuable as any citizen of the United States or Russia or the United Kingdom or any other country. It is one thing to take pride in your homeland … most everyone, regardless of where their homeland is, does. But that does not mean that any one group of people are somehow superior to others. This notion of “us vs them” is exactly why we cannot manage world peace. It is arrogant and ignorant, and when people in positions of power promote the idea of nationalism over humanity, it is dangerous.
The time for isolationism, for extreme nationalism, passed when the age of technology shrunk the world, but apparently Ms. Greene (and others like her) have not been informed that we’re all in this together. Her attitude would make us a pariah in the global community, would cost us any respect our allies may still have for us, and would make our position in the world far more dangerous for us all. Somebody please vote the selfish, arrogant Ms. Greene OUT of Congress … send her back to her gym!