• Pragerisms

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    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
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    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Bye, Bye Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania….DEM Joey Biden Sends You!!?

MARCH 11, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN BIDEN FOREIGN POLICYUKRAINE

WORLD WAR III?

Joe Biden made international news today when he definitively ruled out use of American forces in Ukraine on the ground that such action would bring about “World War III.”

“The idea that we’re going to send in offensive equipment and have planes and tanks and trains going in with American pilots and American crews — just understand, don’t kid yourself, no matter what y’all say, that’s called World War III,” Biden told a gathering of House Democrats in Philadelphia.

The president added, “Let’s get it straight here, guys — that old expression, ‘Don’t kid a kidder.’”

Not sure what that last part means. In any event, Biden’s basic message was nothing new: we certainly have no intention of sending American troops to fight in Ukraine, or shooting down Russian aircraft. But still, a naive observer might think it desirable to at least pretend to keep our options open. One might think it would be good if Putin believes there are some extremities where he would face military intervention.

But this is my real point: Biden has sworn that we will fight to defend “every inch” of NATO territory, including Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. By the same logic that, too, would be World War III, wouldn’t it? A friend writes:

I, for one, sleep a little more soundly, a little more securely, knowing that Slow Joe is on this…and Kamala is one heartbeat away.

So we have the revival of Hitler committing war crimes daily and posing a fundamental and existential threat to “our democracy”….BUT…..we’re not going to war over it!

Oh, right, total economic warfare designed and intended to destroy Russia, but that’s all. But then again we WILL go to WWIII to protect “every inch” of Estonia, right, Joe? And if it comes to it, we’ll have a war resolution vote in Congress to protect every inch of Estonia, too, right?

I wonder if they’re feeling reassured in Tallinn…

What If USA Was Invaded? What Would Our DEMS DO? STAY & GIVE UP? FLEE? FIGHT?

MARCH 11, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at PowerLine:

THIS PARTY WILL NOT FIGHT FOR KING AND COUNTRY

Students of the disastrous interwar appeasement will recall the famous 1933 Oxford University debate resolution which carried heavily in the affirmative: “This house will not fight for King and country.”

Today one can well ask that question of Democrats, who always bristle when you question their patriotism.

The Quinnipiac University poll is out with a new survey this week which shows strong American support for ending Russian oil imports, as well as expressing support for President Biden’s handling of the crisis.

However, the poll “buries the lede” on one fascinating result. The poll asked respondents what they think of the Ukrainian people who are taking up arms to defend their country, and got strong approval numbers.

But then Quinnipiac asked if Americans would do the same under similar circumstances (that is, if America was invaded). Take in the partisan breakdown in this summary paragraph:

As the world witnesses what is happening to Ukraine, Americans were asked what they would do if they were in the same position as Ukrainians are now: stay and fight or leave the country? A majority (55 percent) say they would stay and fight, while 38 percent say they would leave the country. Republicans say 68 – 25 percent and independents say 57 – 36 percent they would stay and fight, while Democrats say 52 – 40 percent they would leave the country.

Translation: More than half of Democrats think America is not worth defending. I’m surprised the number is not higher, given than elite leftist opinion (i.e. New York Times 1619 Protect, etc) teaches contempt for the American founding and disdains most of American history.

“Most Democrats think America is not worth defending.” FASCISTS ARE AT WORK!?

 MARCH 11, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at PowerLine:

THIS PARTY WILL NOT FIGHT FOR KING AND COUNTRY

Students of the disastrous interwar appeasement will recall the famous 1933 Oxford University debate resolution which carried heavily in the affirmative: “This house will not fight for King and country.”

Today one can well ask that question of Democrats, who always bristle when you question their patriotism.

The Quinnipiac University poll is out with a new survey this week which shows strong American support for ending Russian oil imports, as well as expressing support for President Biden’s handling of the crisis.

However, the poll “buries the lede” on one fascinating result. The poll asked respondents what they think of the Ukrainian people who are taking up arms to defend their country, and got strong approval numbers.

But then Quinnipiac asked if Americans would do the same under similar circumstances (that is, if America was invaded). Take in the partisan breakdown in this summary paragraph:

As the world witnesses what is happening to Ukraine, Americans were asked what they would do if they were in the same position as Ukrainians are now: stay and fight or leave the country? A majority (55 percent) say they would stay and fight, while 38 percent say they would leave the country. Republicans say 68 – 25 percent and independents say 57 – 36 percent they would stay and fight, while Democrats say 52 – 40 percent they would leave the country.

Translation: More than half of Democrats think America is not worth defending. I’m surprised the number is not higher, given than elite leftist opinion (i.e. New York Times 1619 Project, etc.) teaches contempt for the American founding and disdains most of American history.

America’s Stars OF THE CROOKED CLASS!?!

WSJ’s dead-cat-bounce poll: Dems, Biden losing ground on all fronts

ED MORRISSEY Mar 11, 2022 10:41 AM ET

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BounceWhat bounce? A new Wall Street Journal poll shows that voters remain unmoved by Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech, and by Democratic leadership in general. Biden remains 15 points underwater on overall job approval, but Democrats have lost ground on major issues — in fact, nearly all of them:

President Biden and his fellow Democrats have lost ground to Republicans on several of the issues most important to voters, a new Wall Street Journal poll finds, a troubling sign for the party seeking to extend its controlling majority of Congress for another two years.

The new survey showed that 57% of voters remained unhappy with Mr. Biden’s job performance, despite favorable marks for the president’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a recent State of the Union speech, which provided him an opportunity to directly speak to millions of Americans. Just 42% said they approved of Mr. Biden’s performance in office, which was virtually unchanged from the previous Journal poll in mid-November.

The top-line job approval number is bad enough. Biden’s ratings on other issues look even worse. Biden manages to get a barely positive rating on “tries to do the right thing” (50/48), and has a slightly better edge on handling Russia (50/44), although hardly the stuff of rally-round-the-leader sentiment — and does slightly worse on Ukraine (47/46).  About the only other non-negative result for Biden is on COVID-19 management, and that’s far off from Biden’s large support on this issue last year. Now it’s a dead-heat tie at 49/49.

Everything else tipped over into the negative:

  • Economy: 39/59
  • Inflation: 34/63
  • Strong leadership: 41/57
  • Securing the border: 33/57
  • Crime: 33/56

These aren’t even close. Biden can’t even get into the 40s on these issue questions, and only barely clears that bar on leadership qualities. It’s an utter disaster.

But it’s worse for Democrats, as Josh Kraushaar points out:

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The biggest issue on this list is the defense of middle-class families. Democrats usually own that issue, helped in no small part by a sympathetic media environment. Biden and his fellow Democrats have pulled out all the stops on this issue by reverting back to “corporate greed” as their excuse for economic policy failures, at least when they’re not blaming Vladimir Putin. This poll shows that the public’s not buying it, especially when it comes to economic policy agendas (GOP +8) and rebuilding the economy (GOP +13).

And the news gets even worse for Democrats in the demos:

The survey also found Republicans making gains among minority groups. By 9 percentage points, Hispanic voters in the new poll said they would back a Republican candidate for Congress over a Democrat. The two parties had been tied among Hispanic voters in the Journal’s survey in November.

Democratic margins also eroded among Black voters, who favored a Democrat for Congress by 35 percentage points in the new survey, down from 56 points in November. Support for a Republican candidate rose to 27% among Black voters, up from 12% in November.

Remember when demography was destiny? Good times, good times. Not only have Hispanics shifted along the traditional lines for immigrant groups in the US, black voters may finally be making the same transition. That’s a big red flag, Philip Klein points out, in more ways than one:

I just wanted to take a moment to flag this part of the poll, which is remarkable and not something I can recall ever seeing before … It’s fair to say that if these numbers are anywhere close to the actual results, Democrats will be massacred in November.

Meanwhile, the DNC continues to hold their self-congratulatory retreat, a word that also fits in more than one context. They’re retreating from reality in assuming that they’re rebounding back into electoral strength. Let’s hope they don’t return to reality before voters have a chance to impose it upon them.

Note: Take a look at the two pollsters hired by the WSJ for this survey, too. They’re across the aisle from each other, with Impact Research a particularly notable participant. They’re the authors of a campaign memo that advised Democrats and Biden to declare victory over COVID and depart the field as a way of correcting their collapse. Biden didn’t take that advice. I wonder if he’s paying attention to the results.

Because The Soviet Union NEVER REALLY DISAPPEARED?!!

March 11, 2022

The War in Ukraine has Exposed the Perils of 21st Century Globalism

By Steve McCann at American Thinker:

The unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine has exposed the folly, peril, and incoherence of 21st Century Globalism.  Unlike the economic globalism of the 19th and early 20th centuries that focused on the concept of free trade of goods for goods, this iteration can be characterized by allegiance to irrational environmentalism and the creation of elitist global institutions determined to mold mankind and impose regimentation on countries and their populations to ostensibly “save the planet.”

The operational underpinning of 21st Century Globalism is the extortion and intimidation of nations throughout the planet to acquiesce to radical “green” policies whose true objective is not to “save the planet” but the elimination of national identity and de facto global governance by unaccountable institutions.

The populations of many countries (such as the United States and much of Europe) have accordingly been coerced into altering their traditional national lifestyles and have marginalized their manufacturing and energy bases by voluntarily becoming reliant on other nations for basic goods and energy.

The Ukraine War has revealed the insanity of naïve voluntary dependence on manufactured products and/or natural resources from despotic countries, such as Russia, Iran, and China, who are jointly and clandestinely setting up their own version of autocratic globalism.

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These authoritarian nations are openly and single-mindedly pursuing regional and global hegemony while ignoring the edicts and “green” policies of global institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Economic Forum (WEF) as well as the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).   

The unfathomable level of hypocrisy and naivete of the leaders of these global organizations and the nations who promote them is breathtaking.  They have long believed that dependence upon despotic nations will not only transform them into bastions of “democracy” but also into being reliable trading partners that would bow at the altar of environmentalism and never do what the global elites are in essence are doing — extorting or intimidating other nations for political gain. 

In reality, as it has been for the entirety of human history, megalomaniacal authoritarians and dictators are inevitably emboldened to believe that dependence so marginalizes the dependent that they will cower in the face of naked aggression and meekly acquiesce to any demands.  More often than not this tactic has been overwhelmingly successful.

Beginning in 2000 much of Europe and in particular, Germany, gradually succumbed to the siren song of radical environmentalism and the elimination of fossil fuels.  In 2011 Germany decided to phase out the coal-burning plants that generated 50% of their electrical needs, close all 26 of its nuclear plants that generated over 35% of their electrical needs, and depend on unreliable renewables and natural gas from Russia.  Other European countries followed suit in buying virtually all their oil and natural gas from Russia. 

Eleven years later, Putin was sufficiently emboldened to invade Ukraine because he thought, based on the lack of any substantive European response in 2014 to his illegal occupation of Crimea (reminiscent of Hitler’s illegal occupation of the Rhineland in 1936), there would be little pushback from the European countries.  He was convinced that they would be easily intimidated, in particular Germany, due to their dependence on Russian oil and gas. 

Further, he believed that the United States, because of its feckless left-wing leadership, obsession with a radical green agenda, and drastic and deliberate diminution of its fossil fuel production, would not commit to crippling sanctions or substantially arm and logistically support the Ukrainians prior to any military incursion by Russia.

The invasion of Ukraine is the bitter fruit of radical environmentalism and 21st Century Globalism.  While Putin may have been obsessed with reconstituting the old Russian empire and marginalizing NATO, he would not have undertaken military action if his potential European adversaries had not deliberately derogated and compromised themselves.  After all, the combined annual GDP of the European Union ($16.2 Trillion) is ten times greater than Russia’s ($1.6 Trillion), and its population is nearly three times larger.

China, Russia’s partner in the new axis of evil, is thumbing its nose at these same “woke” global institutions, as they are planning to build 43 new coal-fired plants this year, they have reneged on previous commitments to cut carbon emissions by 2030, and have entered into a long-term agreement to import vast quantities oil and gas from Russia. 

Confident in their status as the manufacturer to the world, a status the United States foolishly surrendered in the 1990s, China is no longer concealing its determination to annex, by military action, if necessary, Taiwan.  As Xi Jinping like Putin believes far too many nations are so dependent upon products that China manufactures as well as their financial clout that these nations, in particular the United States, can be easily cowed and will not militarily or financially contest any takeover.

The United States can, in fact, be easily intimidated, as the agendas of the globalists and the agenda of the American left, which now controls the Democrat party and thus the corridors of power in Washington, grow increasingly intertwined. 

  1. The globalists want to dismantle traditional Western societies and institutions; so does the American left. 
  2. Globalists want to dictate economic growth and policies through carbon control and climate change fear-mongering; so does the American left. 
  3. Globalists want to effectively eliminate private property and replace it with communal property; so does the American left. 
  4. Globalists are determined to control the world banking system and institute arbitrary parameters to finance corporations and governments; so is the American left.
  5. Globalists have allied themselves with like-minded major multinational corporations to promote censorship and global governance; so has the American left.
  6. The globalists want to transform the world through global “inclusivity,” aggressive “sustainability” and racial and gender “equity”; so does the American left.

Globalism in the 19th and early 20th century, with its emphasis on government within a nation getting out of the way and promoting the freedom to innovate, trade, and associate freely with others, brought about wealth and liberal democracy throughout the world.  On the other hand, 21st Century Globalism is about control, rules, central planning, coercion, and dependence —  which spawns poverty, societal upheaval, the unleashing of authoritarianism, and inevitable military conflict.  This scenario now playing out in Ukraine.

A Note To Civil American, A.L. LUTTRELL!

At my elderly age I keep thinking how special, how JudeoChristianly civil our families and schools were knowing the differences between right and wrong. I forget how out of date I am after getting out of bed each morning. Our American families have disappeared. The female American has disappeared. Civil schools have disappeared. Honesty has disappeared….NEARLY ALL A COLLECTION OF OUR FASCIST LEFTY BILLIONAIRES LEADING THE WAY OWNING CONGRESS….RELYING ON DEM FEMS BACKING THEM AT THE VOTING BOOTHS…..GUYS STILL GO TO WORK. Gals, until about 50 years ago ran the HOUSEHOLD WITH GOD IN THOUGHT AND DEED taught by their MOTHERHOOD AND CHURCH. NEIGHBORS EXISTED……and now we have liar Joey boy screwing up honesty and civility because HE AND HIS CORRUPT KIND don’t know decency, truth and the Godliness anymore…..Where would they find it….with Nancy Pelosi? ghr

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THE MIXING OF THE SEXES

By JENNIFER HARTLINE Published on March 8, 2022

Article sent by Mark Waldeland:

Jennifer Hartline

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on July 1, 2021. We’re re-publishing it today in conjunction with International Women’s Day, which is still peddling a lot of woke nonsense. See also Jennifer’s excellent response to their “Day Without a Woman.”

I’m an ordinary woman.

No razor has ever touched my face. My breasts are simply flesh and milk glands. I have lived for decades with the blessing and trials of a menstrual cycle. I have a womb; this wondrous, remarkable, expansive thing except when it is small and unremarkable. Within its secret dominion I have nurtured six babies.

I have a pelvis perfectly designed to cradle a growing, preborn child. I have a body capable of doing the miraculous — giving new life — and I have been blessed to give birth to four beautiful children. Two of my children are already ahead of me on the road, awaiting my arrival.

With those ordinary, fatty breasts I fed my babies night and day with a miraculous food only God could manufacture. On the curve of my hips, I carried my little ones for years. Body and mind, heart and soul, I nurtured, carried, fed, and gave life to my children. Because that is what an ordinary woman can do. It is something no man on earth can do in the same way.

A woman is not a costume any man can put on.

My very nature is oriented toward life — co-creating new life, nurturing life, sustaining life. It is woven into the design of a woman. It is, in our modern lexicon, a superpower.

A woman is not a creature constructed by a surgeon.

I am not made of silicone, plastic, acrylic, or glitter. I require no gadgets to maintain what the surgeon has artificially constructed. My body was lovingly designed and fashioned by God, not man.

The Trampling of Womanhood

A woman is not a costume any man can put on. She is not a clown decorated with outlandish hair and makeup and sexually suggestive get-ups. She never ever resides inside a male, waiting to be let out. A woman is female.

The speed at which the ordinary woman is being trampled on and erased is alarming. Each passing day brings new instances of girls and women being shoved aside by a man claiming womanhood for himself. And with each occurrence, women are further dismissed and robbed. The “right” of men to plunder the very reality of womanhood and demand its actuality for themselves grows stronger.

Consider disgraceful cowards like Ohio representative Michael Skindell and other Democrats who melted down in a childish temper tantrum as Rep. Jena Powell tried to introduce the “Save Women’s Sports Act” amendment this week. Powell rose to speak to the reality that men are indeed taking away the medals and scholarships women have worked for and earned, and the Democrat boys in the room pounded on their tables to drown out her voice.

Read that again: a woman trying to defend women’s sports was pounded down by bully boys who feel entitled to silence her and take women’s rights for their own.

The Madness Has Reached Olympian Levels

Even Olympic committees have succumbed to this madness, allowing men to displace women athletes. Laurel Hubbard is a 43 year-old man competing in the women’s weightlifting events for New Zealand. 21 year-old Kuinini Manumua should be competing for her country, but Hubbard has robbed her of that chance.

A woman in a Los Angeles spa recently found out the hard way the law no longer protects women’s privacy. She and her young daughter encountered a naked man in the women’s locker room and upon complaining to the staff, was told he had every right to be in the women’s space.

Another man who overheard her complaint decided to berate her for her intolerance. Men now have the legal “right” to expose themselves in front of girls and women, and invade the spaces where girls and women undress. It is the women who are shamed for objecting to this violation.

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Out west, a man has just been crowned “Miss Nevada USA.” Kataluna Enriquez beat out 21 women for the crown and now he’ll compete in the Miss USA pageant. The Media Research Center reports:

His campaign for the Miss Nevada crown was remarkable and even local Fox affiliate KVVU-TV described it as “redefining what it means to be a woman … .” …

After winning the Miss Nevada crown over the weekend Kataluna stated, “Today I am a proud transgender woman of color. Personally, I’ve learned that my differences do not make me less than, it makes me more than.”

More than what? More than whom? A man of artifice is “more” woman?

Is it sinking in yet? Men are “redefining what it means to be a woman.” Men are winning the women’s prizes. The woman of the year is a man.

Women, Do Not Forfeit Your Very Nature to Men

Misogyny is such a praiseworthy pursuit in our age. And modern feminism, that brain-rotting poison, persuades women by the masses to inexplicably, self-destructively applaud the swindlers and welcome them as “sisters.”

Gentlemen, you must show you value the genuine beauty of an ordinary woman. You must fight to protect your wives, daughters, and sisters from the mockery, the intrusion, the violation of men claiming to be women. I beg you to stand in between the women you love and this trans-madness before it is too late.

Women, do not forfeit your very nature to men, nor sell your daughters’ physical reality down the mad river. Ignore the screaming mob and the baseless insults they hurl. There’s no middle ground here. Either women are female, or woman means nothing at all.

This is a hill I will die on because my daughters shouldn’t have to. I hope I’m not alone.

Jennifer Hartline is a senior contributor to The Stream. You can follow her at @jenniehartline.

“Trouble, Trouble, Trouble IN RIVER CITY!!”

 MARCH 10, 2022 BY STEVEN HAYWARD at PowerLine:

OIL: DON’T LOOK NOW BUT. . .

One of my go-to persons on energy is John Kemp, a London-based analyst. (Follow him on Twitter, or you can get on his email list if you like.) His note today examines U.S. oil stocks, and guess what? Our oil sticks are rapidly depleting, in what Kemp calls “the biggest oil shock since the 1970s”

U.S. petroleum inventories are depleting to critically low levels as output fails to keep pace with the rapid rebound in consumption after the pandemic, putting intense upward pressure on oil prices.

Petroleum inventories were depleting at an unsustainable rate even beforeRussia’s invasion of Ukraine and the disruption of Russia’s petroleum exports in response.

U.S. inventories of crude oil and refined products outside the strategic petroleum reserve have fallen in 63 out of the last 88 weeks according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Commercial stocks have depleted by a total of 315 million barrels since the middle of 2020, more than offsetting the 204 million barrels accumulated during the first wave of the pandemic and lockdowns.

This chart from his latest chartbook likely portends much more pain at the pump ahead.

‘TO BE OR NOT TO BE!’

Russia has the tanks and troops. Ukraine has Zelensky

Opinion by Frida Ghitis at CNN:

Published Wed March 9, 2022:

Ukrainian President Zelensky: We will fight until the end

Editor’s Note: Frida Ghitis, (@fridaghitis) a former CNN producer and correspondent, is a world affairs columnist. She is a frequent opinion contributor to CNN, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. The views expressed in this commentary are her own.

It is obvious, we will be. It is obvious, we will be free.

The Ukrainian people have found the answer to Shakespeare’s question, “To be or not to be,” President Volodymyr Zelensky told the United Kingdom’s House of Commons in a livestreamed address on Tuesday. “It is obvious, we will be. It is obvious, we will be free.” Echoing Winston Churchill, Zelensky vowed Ukrainians will never give up, will never surrender. He asked the West to do more to help in this life-and-death plight, which, he maintained, is a battle for Europe, for democracy.

Not long ago, Zelensky’s words would have seemed moving, but perhaps without much consequence. But much has changed since the war began. The world has discovered Volodymyr Zelensky.

The speech, like Zelensky’s countless social media messages, Zoom meetings and phone calls, in the almost two weeks since Russia’s President Vladimir Putin sent his troops to invade Ukraine, brought the familiar image – the boyish-faced president with the stubble of war, wearing his olive green T-shirt. His stirring message was also, above all, an appeal to conscience and bravery, a blend of inspiration and exhortation, lofty ideals and, notably, concrete requests.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation from British lawmakers in the House of Commons, London.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation from British lawmakers in the House of Commons, London.Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AP

In the weeks before Putin launched the war, many doubted Zelensky was up to the challenge. After all, he had been an entertainer until 2019. He’s failing, some said, he’s “in over his head.” The side-by-side comparisons of military might showed Russia had thousands more tanks, airplanes and hundreds of thousands more troops. The gap seemed insurmountable, the war’s outcome a foregone conclusion. But Ukraine, as it turns out, had a secret weapon, an immeasurably powerful one.

It was none other than Zelensky.

When Zelensky declined help to leave the country, declaring “I need ammunition, not a ride,” the world caught its collective breath. The Ukrainian president’s courage was awe-inducing. He appeared destined to become a martyr in a cause that looked doomed, at least in the short term.

Weeks later, Zelensky has proven to be much more than an inspirational figure. He has achieved far more than anyone had reason to expect. He is not just rallying Ukrainians. He has also rallied the international community at all levels, speaking to word leaders, legislators, community groups and everyday citizens, day after day. Zelensky has articulated the meaning of this war in terms that make it relevant to all the world’s democracies. He has turned the cause into one that world leaders feel compelled to support, that private businesses fear to ignore, in which individuals across the globe yearn to help.

In just the past few days, McDonald’s, IKEA and Nike have joined the corporate exodus, shuttering operations in Russia. Zelensky has spoken with presidents and prime ministers; with Joe Biden, with Emmanuel Macron of France, Scott Morrison of Australia, Neftali Bennett of Israel and many others, while his Facebook videos are watched by millions across the globe.

Sure, Ukraine hasn’t received everything Zelensky has asked for. His frustration with NATO’s refusal to set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine is palpable. But the mobilization he spurred is unprecedented. He – with Putin’s help – convinced Europe, the US and their democratic allies to impose some of the fastest, harshest economic sanctions the world has seen. In a world where materialism usually reigns, he has persuaded countless consumers that paying more for fuel is worth the sacrifice.

Czech youngsters holding Czechoslovakian flags stand atop of an overturned truck as other Prague residents surround Soviet tanks in downtown Prague on Aug. 21, 1968, as a Soviet-led invasion by the Warsaw Pact armies crushed the so-called Prague Spring reform in former Czechoslovakia 30 years ago. (AP Photo/Libor Hajsky/CTK)

I was 17 when Soviet tanks rolled into Prague — and watch in horror now

His appeals to conscience have produced not just a weapons arsenal for Ukraine and stiff sanctions against Russia, but also a pause of Apple sales, Netflix, MasterCard and others in Russia; the departure of oil companies, the booking of tens of thousands of Airbnb rooms by people looking for a way to send money to Ukraine.

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“Watching Kamala, Biden, Tony Blinken, Pete Buttigieg, etc. it’s obvious that the Peter Principle is at work”.

Kamala Proves the Peter Principle

By Sloan Oliver at American Thinker:

Most of my life, I assumed that we elected serious politicians and appointed competent people to deal with the country’s complex problems — the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the economy, immigration, terrorism, foreign policy, natural disasters, etc. — major problems that required competent people, serious about addressing (and fixing) the issues.

That was then, this is now. America is no longer a serious country, and the West is not a serious culture. Proof of how far we’ve fallen — boys claim they’re girls, girls claim they’re boys and we must accept the new biology or be canceled; racism is openly taught in public schools under the lie called Critical Race Theory (thank you, teachers unions); schoolchildren are taught to hate the country’s very founding claiming more racism; the military is focused on white rage (not defeating our enemies); and we installed an imbecile (as president) who mumbles the words his handlers put on the teleprompter. Vice President (VP) Kamala Harris is further proof that, as a nation, we’re unserious.

Watching Kamala, Biden, Tony Blinken, Pete Buttigieg, etc. it’s obvious that the Peter Principle is at work. The Peter Principle says that people rise to the level of their incompetence. During Obama’s presidency, everyone joked that he selected Biden for VP because Biden’s incompetency insured that Obama would never be impeached. Yes, Obama was bad, but Biden would be worse. Now that Biden’s the president, that joke was 100% correct. Sadly, he’s multiple times worse than anyone imagined. Biden has more failures in one year than most presidents have in a lifetime – the Afghanistan debacle and surrender, huge crime spikes due to Democrat “defund the police” insanity, actively working to destroy the petroleum industry while supporting Russia’s, soaring inflation, open support and deference to China, and his weakness being directly responsible for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine — to name just a few epic failures. As bad as Biden is as president, it’s obvious he selected Harris for the same reason that Obama selected him — to ensure he’s never removed from office. If you think things can’t possibly get worse, just look at Harris and you instantly realize – yes, they can. She would be multiple times worse than Joe.

It’s difficult to believe that Biden could find someone less competent than himself, but he did. Among the vast numbers of very unintelligent politicians, VP Kamala is perhaps the least competent and least intelligent of them all. Her diminished mental acuity is Biden’s insurance against replacing him. Kamala’s incoherent statements are legendary. Following are some examples:

  • She told us her pronouns are “she, her, and hers.” What should a woman’s pronouns be? Oh, that’s right, in Democrat world, boys can be girls and vice versa. Only Dems and Leftists understand such nonsense.
  • Months after Kamala was appointed the immigration/border security czar, she was challenged why she had not visited the Mexican border. Her snarky response was “and I haven’t been to Europe either.” Say what?
  • January 2022, Harris was asked if it’s time to change COVID strategy. Kamala responded, “It’s time for us to do what we have been doing, and that time is every day. Every day it is time for us to agree that there are things available to us.” I have no clue what she said. Unfortunately, neither does she. 
  • Last month, at a NATO conference held to discuss Russia’s massed troops threatening to invade Ukraine, Kamala made the following comment, “Perhaps this is a moment, as life presents us with these moments, that challenge us to ask what is our reason for being? I think we all know the history of NATO and its reason for being. The spirit behind this term we use, ‘the transatlantic community,’ the word community meaning a collection, not a collection of individuals who see themselves as a collection, than as one.” Despite such incoherent babble, Putin invaded Ukraine two days later.   
  • When NBC asked her about sanctions on Russia’s oil industry, Harris said, “As it relates to what we need to do domestically as well as what we need to do in terms of this issue generally, we have, as the president said, reevaluated what we’re doing”
  • Finally, further proof that Biden is not serious, he appointed Kamala as point person on Ukraine. Why not Biden, you ask? Good question, but he goes home to Delaware most weekends; perhaps that’s why he delegates war and Ukraine to Kamala. To demonstrate her superior knowledge of Europe (she’s now been once), a radio show asked her to explain the Ukraine situation to its audience. Harris said, “Ukraine is a country in Europe. It exists next to another country called Russia. Russia is a bigger country. Russia is a powerful country. Russia decided to invade a smaller country called Ukraine. So, basically, that’s wrong.”

Yes, those were her words. Her condescending answers tell us everything about her. She belittles the audience. She can’t talk normally to people because she thinks we’re too dumb to understand the situation. Then again, who’s surprised? Our elite leftists (Hillary, Obama, NY Times readers, academics, Hollywood, the media, etc.) think we’re beneath them because we haven’t been educated at Harvard or Yale. They demand we defer to their superior education to save us uneducated bumpkins out here in places like rural Georgia. With Kamala, Biden, and his entire administration, the Peter Principle is alive and well. Between Biden’s and Harris’ constant idiotic statements, it’s almost impossible to quantify which one is the least capable.