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Freedom and justice for all


The place is Kiev, Ukraine. It is a beautiful country, a former Russian possession. The Ukraine is chock full of a rich traditional culture. Unfortunately for the residents, however, they also have a history of being occupied. The rulers of the past have been Polish, German, and most recently Russian. With the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union many splinter republics were born, or as it were, reborn. They looked across the yard, and saw that Democracy “won” out over Communism. One could imagine how great it sounded to them after nearly a century of brutal tyrants. “Freedom and justice for all” and “for the people and by the people” must have struck a chord with the people of the Ukraine. So now there is a democratic election, or so it would seem. The Russian President Vladmir Putin had openly backed the incumbent President. However, the people of the Ukraine haven’t. Widespread voter fraud has been claimed, even by the international elections committee. “We the people” have been commencing a sit-in in the capital of Kiev. I write “We the people” on purpose because the idea of Democracy is just that, an idea. Whether it be Ukrainians or Americans the idea is universal. This is the basic premise behind Socialism as well as that of Democracy. The people are the basis. Americans would serve themselves well to pay close attention to the goings on over there. These are a people seeking the very thing Americans tend to take for granted. In Socialism, the worker is the basis of the electorate. They are called the “Proletariat”, or the working class. The slogan of “Workers Unite”! was the calling card, and yet another example of a good idea gone bad through human perversion. Much like religion and Democracy, it sounds great on paper. There was no private property, it all belonged to the state. Which is to say that it belonged to the people. Of course, it didn’t though.


So here they are. It is now 2004, and the way of life that Ukrainians have known is archaic. They are seeking the ideals of liberty. The very liberty that we sold them. If the ideals that our President has claimed to so firmly believe in are true, then he should tell President Putin to cease and desist. Putin has intervened in this separate country’s affairs long enough. Putin is trying to put into place a figurehead that is agreeable to Russian interests. Wait, that sounds very familiar. Allow a reiteration here. Putin is the Russian President, not the Ukrainian. Under the ideals of Democracy that we hold dear this is incorrigible. A foreign head of state should have no sway whatsoever in the turnings of the wheels of Democracy, unless those same wheels are broken. In that case the wheels must be fixed, and the machine should be allowed to continue its trek into the future. IT may sound like a sad state of affairs, but Putin is only doing what he sees. Monkey see, monkey do.


Our President has been successful in “spreading the light of liberty” the world over. In whose interests he is doing these things, I have no clue. I know what the Propagandists claim, but we discount them immediately. Actually, we tend to think the exact opposite of what they say. The problem with Putin is that he doesn’t have the economy or the military strength that Bush wields. The Russians have marines, but they aren’t United States Marines. They have tons of nuclear weapons, true. But if he thinks the Russian economy is bad now, wait until he drops a nuke on some country. Needless to say, the international black market would experience a boom that would be much akin to the budget surplus that Bush had. I suspect the “Kingdom of Israel” will stretch from the Nile to the Euphrates. And I guess we will buy into that thought. I always though American foreign policy would be based on the foundations of our country, which were logic and idealism. I never thought our foreign policy would be based upon the Bible. That is great for some, but it does not follow the foundation of our country. One needs to pull oneself out of the religious boots that have been inherited from our ancestors, and THINK.



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The following comments are for "Freedom and justice for....all?"
by Robert Walker

Really?
With all due respect, Sir, how long do you think it took all those truly great men to put the constitution together? It's a pitty you're still living in a state of rebellion (from all that Catholic school training) or you would now understand just how much thought it takes to 1) figure it out and 2) apply it.

As to the writing, If I may ask , Sir, just where would you plan to publish this column?

( Posted by: Gramma [Member] On: May 15, 2005 )

Really...
Ohhh, you mean the wealthy white male great men. My bad. As for any publishing... Ma'am, with all due respect, I gave that up long ago. This doesn't stop me from actually writing.
By the way I'm very grateful for the education my parents sacrificed for. It armed me well, and informed me of the richest landowners of them all. The Roman Catholic religion.
RW

( Posted by: Robert Walker [Member] On: May 18, 2005 )





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