It is with heavy sadness that I and I am sure many other Americans acknowledge that Mr. Putin has made many good points in his editorial. Heavy sadness because these points should be made by the President of the United States who is suppose to represent the interest of freedom loving people not just in the United States but all those who yearn to be free. Our country is supposed to be a model to the world on how efficient and productive they can be once the people are left to their own devices. Sadly Mr. Obama along with several past Presidents have instead chosen special interest over principle and the republic; what was once a haven and beacon of the world is slowly disintegrating into a socialist hell. However there is a light at the end of the tunnel for America and that is its people who have been awakening to the tyranny that is around them. What started as a small group of people in March of 2009 has grown to a large movement that is affecting hundreds of thousands of people if not millions of people in our country and around the world. People who are tired of big government and want to decrease its size, who want to be productive and efficient without sacrificing safety and security and yet still maintain a sense of privacy. It is because of these people that I take issue with some of Mr. Putin’s points.
First, he says “No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.” Many people in this country would like to see the United States pull out of the United Nations and no it is not because we want to be the policemen of the world. Instead we understand and see that it is a corrupt institution that does more harm than good. It is going beyond the scope of its’ original intent to prevent World Wars and instead is trying to dictate to countries how to run their governments through silly small arms treaties and global climate change hoaxes that result in more tyranny and less freedom. So Yes Mr. Putin, many in America would like to see the United Nations suffer the same fate as the League of Nations. Like every other Progressive plan, it started out with the best of intentions only to devolve into an institution that hurts the very people it intended to help in the first place while sucking the producers of the world dry in order to line their own pockets.
Secondly, Syria is seen by many in the United States as a diversionary tactic by this administration to take the heat off of their own misguided attempts at governance, control and incompetence. By trying to focus on Syria, the Obama administration is attempting to divert our attention away from the IRS Scandal, the failure known as Obamacare as well as Benghazi along with numerous other scandals that would have gotten a Republican President impeached but our House of Representatives is currently lead by a weak kneed cry baby who cares about his position and power more than he does representing the will of the people. As the polls show most Americans do not believe we have a vital interest in Syria and do not want military action to be taken but as usual President Obama and his minions are not listening to the American people. They are avowed Progressives who believe they know better than the American people. See above explanation about Progressives and their good intentions. “We the People” understand that Syria is a civil war which needs to be decided by the people of Syria and on that we can agree with Mr. Putin a known Communist. I find it ironic that true blue Americans who believe in freedom and liberty for all can agree on this simple fact with a former KGB official who is hell bent on bringing Communism back to Russia.
Thirdly, Mr. Putin states America is becoming known not for its democracy (well we are a republic not a democracy) but instead for its willingness to intervene in internal conflicts. Let’s remember one thing and remember it clearly – Afghanistan harbored terrorists who attacked us on 9-11-01 and we had every right to attack that country. Iraq was a coalition that didn’t really need to be cobbled together because Saddam Hussein had been thumbing his nose at the world for years – if I remember correctly 12+ years. He had already invaded another country and as part of the truce was suppose to allow UN weapons inspectors in which became a joke by March of 2003 and we invaded with a multinational force, deposed a ruthless dictator and attempted to bring peace but then the politicians got involved and what should have been a relatively short war has instead been a long protracted war that will ultimately be lost because we have a President who is as weak kneed as our Speaker of the House and pulled back the surge that President Bush and General Pretaeus finally enacted that was resulting in stability in Iraq. Now as far as Libya goes, I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Putin as we should not have deposed Gadhafi nor should we have been arming the rebels there. That conflict and the resulting aftermath known as Benghazi is squarely on the shoulders of President Obama. He and he alone is responsible for the deaths of 4 Americans but as Hillary Clinton said – “What does it matter?” hence why Syria as a possible military action is needed. Need to have a diversion from the real story.
Finally, Mr. Putin says “I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.”It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.” While Mr. Putin has a point in that policy in and of itself does not make you exceptional, he fails to see the larger picture which is not surprising because he is a communist. What makes America exception is not its’ policies but its people. It’s the fact we are a republic not a democracy since democracies don’t work nor do they last. The American people, because we are blessed with life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, have built a country that is exceptional. Where all people can achieve their wildest dreams of success with hard work, and determination regardless of class. That is what makes us exceptional not our policies or any particular administration that is in power. Our spirit comes from July 4, 1776 in which we declared our independence and the principles that our new nation would based on and in 1787 we finally formed a government through the Constitution that would protect those principles and ensure the American dream. Paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln – The Constitution is the frame of silver surrounding the apple of gold. The apple of gold is the Declaration of Independence and that is what makes us exceptional. No matter what the Progressives do or those that hate our spirit do, the memory of 1776 will live in each and every American whether they realize it or not. That spirit makes us exceptional.