• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "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
    • Intolerance
    • 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

PELOSI….THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST!

MAY 15, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER 

NANCY PELOSI, UNHINGED

To be fair, that would describe Ms. Pelosi on most days. But the specific reference is to her appearance this morning on CNN, as reported by the Washington Times. Pelosi was beside herself on the subject of abortion:

Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash about criticism that Democrats did not foresee anti-abortion activists’ work, Mrs. Pelosi lashed out against the high court….

“Let’s not take our eye off the ball — the ball is this court which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country,” Mrs. Pelosi told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Beware in terms of marriage equality, beware in terms of other aspects of it. And so let’s not waste our time on that, the fact is this is a dangerous court to families, to freedom, in our country.”

It is “dangerous to the freedoms of our country” for elected representatives to determine policy on the controversial issue of abortion, rather than nine unelected justices? “Freedom,” like “our democracy,” means the Democrats getting their way. And how the presumably forthcoming Dobbs opinion is “dangerous…to families” is anyone’s guess.

Mrs. Pelosi insisted that Democrats played the long game on abortion and that they never could have envisioned former President Donald Trump winning and appointing federal judges that rule in favor of pro-life litigants.

Pelosi acknowledges, as we all knew, that Democrats were surprised by Trump’s 2016 victory. If Hillary Clinton had won, as Pelosi expected, she would have appointed Justice Scalia’s successor as well as Anthony Kennedy’s and Ruth Ginsberg’s. That would have created a solidly left-wing Supreme Court. Thank God it didn’t happen.

“I don’t disrespect people’s views and how they want to live their lives, but I don’t think that it’s up to the Donald Trump appointees on the court or any politicians to make that decision for women,” she said.

Neither does the Supreme Court majority. On the contrary, they think it is up to elected representatives of the people, not themselves, to decide what laws should govern abortion. Democrats fail to understand this–or, rather, pretend not to understand it–because they became accustomed to the idea of the Supreme Court as their proprietary super-legislature, willing to “enact” laws that didn’t have enough popular support to be passed by Congress or by state legislatures. Now they are distraught at having to take their case to the voters, and explain why they have come to view abortion not as a necessary and “rare” evil, but rather as a positive good, right up to the moment of birth and perhaps beyond.

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Everything old is new again: Sunday reflection

ED MORRISSEY May 15, 2022 at HotAir:

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This morning’s Gospel reading is John 13:31–33a, 34–35:

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,

“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and God will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

What does it mean to “love one another,” especially in a fallen world? Jesus offers this as His commandment many times in his preaching, both implicitly and explicitly. In today’s Gospel, it carries the weight of His vanishing time in the flesh on Earth. Shortly after this, Judas would betray Jesus, the Passion would begin, and Jesus would suffer His death on the cross on behalf of us all.

To die for another is certainly one form of loving others, as Jesus taught. The martyrs that followed also teach that lesson. In fact, it was the common aspiration among early Christians to suffer martyrdom on behalf of Christ and others as a sign of that caritas love — so much so that the early Church had to create a discernment to make sure only those chosen by Christ for that mission would pursue it. Later, when the persecutions in the Roman empire eased and Christianity became embraced, other forms of “martyrdom” arose, such as hermits who later grouped together in monasteries, a type of death to the world in service of Christ and others. Indeed, most if not all of these monasteries performed vital works for communities as part of their mission while they lived in poverty and privation.

And of course, even today we have monasteries and convents, but we have any number of other ways in which we show our caritas love for others. Many of us contribute to charitable works with our income; many of us also volunteer to perform those charitable works, depending on our gifts. We care for family members and friends who need assistance, and as Christ taught us, often for total strangers as well.

The mechanisms for “loving one another” are abundant, if we wish to avail ourselves of them. But what does it mean to actually love one another — to feel it in our hearts? I’m reminded of a very insightful Peanuts cartoon by Charles Schulz in which Linus tells Lucy that he wants to become a doctor. Lucy scoffs at that ambition by telling Linus that doctors have to love mankind in order to qualify. Linus then shouts, “I love mankind! It’s people I can’t stand!”

Or to put it another way, consider a couple of wise axioms. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” one advises, while the other reminds us that “familiarity breeds contempt.” It’s easy to love in the abstract, and perhaps even more in the first blush of acquaintance — and the first blush of faith as well. When the Holy Spirit enters our hearts, we see our brothers and sisters in a new light as fellow children of God, struggling and stumbling as we do.

After that first blush, however, caritas becomes a heavier lift than we think. Familiarity begins to breed contempt as conflicts arise; turning the other cheek becomes ever more difficult. After our brief moments of seeing the world anew, as the Lord sees it, we get bogged down in the same-old, same-old. We tire out, we withdraw, and despair enters our hearts as the realities of life in this fallen world become hardened in our vision.

We still love mankind, of course. It’s just the people in it we can’t stand.

So how are we to carry out Christ’s command? In the first place, we need humility enough to recognize that we aren’t called to save the world. That was and is Christ’s job. We are only called to be one of many others who are trying to advance His mission by the smallest of steps, in the hope of Christ for all of God’s children. We cannot measure our caritas on a global scale, but only on the smallest of personal scales. It does not matter if our love doesn’t change the whole world; instead, we should ask ourselves if we have at least changed one life for the better and helped people to see Christ.

To help us keep that perspective, our second reading from Revelation reminds us that it is God who will make all things new, not us. “Behold, I make all things new,” says the Voice from the throne as He announces that He will now make his dwelling with mankind. All that we knew from this life — the earth and the sea, the sky and the stars — will be swept aside and replaced with their holy counterparts, the creation that God himself has ordered. Everything old and worn by sin will be renewed.

It is only then that humanity will be rescued from its fallen nature, and only then when we will fully see ourselves through the eyes of our Creator as He intended us. Because of this transformation through Christ, we will no longer suffer “death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” We will no longer suffer envy, avarice, conquest, or the other sins which plague us and interfere with our ability to truly love one another the way that God wants. We will have formed ourselves to put all those aside and to trust in the Lord’s abundance. The Lord Himself and our interlocking love within the Trinitarian life will be not just sufficient but fulfilling to an unimaginable degree.

That doesn’t make the journey on this side of the veil a breeze, of course. Even with this knowledge, serving others with Christ’s caritas as He commands in today’s Gospel is nearly impossible to do right over a long period of time. Perhaps we should recall the words of Paul to the Corinthians when those times of doubt and weariness come. “Love never fails,” Paul writes in a passage we hear more often during wedding celebrations than during dark nights of the soul.

We need to recall this more often in the latter, during those times when we fail in Jesus’ commandments and despair at the supposed lack of impact from our efforts. We may never feel rewarded in this life for the hard work of loving others as Christ has loved us. It may cost us more than we can bear at times. But that love never fails, as Christ never fails, and He will use it at some time to make everything old and failed into something new and victorious. And we can be there at the end, if we choose His path.

“Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  

 Note from Glenn: Carl Schulz, cartoonist Charles Schulz’s, dad was my barber every hair cut from 1947 on for about ten years. He owned his shop next door to my father’s Park Drug Store at the corner of Selby and Snelling business center. We parted when I went into the army that February, 1957. Although only 13, I was always treated as an adult male. Minnesotans were wonderful, sensible, friendly, God-fearing people then. I attended the same Central High School as Charlie had years earlier. Carl worried a bit about his lonely son.

No one swore in public in those days…..not even the word, DAMN! Every adult I knew was Christian or checked in on Synagogue on Saturday’s. SUNDAY’S WERE FOR GOD AND FAMILY!

“Socialism destroys everything it touches”….(Always under control of a bunch of fascists!)

MAY 15, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER IN ANNALS OF GOVERNMENT MEDICINESOCIALISM

THE EVILS OF SOCIALIZED MEDICINE

Bernie Sanders wants to bring socialized medicine to the U.S. To be fair to Bernie, though, that is probably the position of nearly every Democrat. As a reminder of why socialized medicine (like socialism generally) is one of the worst ideas in world history, here are two stories that happen to be in the news in the U.K. today.

First, former Secretary of Health Jeremy Hunt is blowing the whistle on Britain’s National Health Service, which he ran for six years:

Jeremy Hunt, the former health secretary, has described how the service he led for almost six years was at times a “rogue system” suffering from a cover-up culture that failed patients and staff.

Hunt…says the NHS’s fear of transparency and honesty about avoidable deaths and mistakes is a “major structural problem” that still needs to be tackled.

In his new book, Zero: Eliminating Unnecessary Deaths in a Post-Pandemic NHS, he reveals how civil servants in the Department of Health and Social Care tried to block him from reading patients’ letters of complaint and even told him he could not send apologies to harmed families. Before he changed the NHS stance he says there were “meetings held behind my back to work out if they could dissuade me from such a thoroughly dangerous idea”.

It is one example of what Hunt calls an “omertà around avoidable deaths” within the service and a widespread fear that being open about problems would damage public confidence in the NHS.

The ultimate fear in a government-run system.

Failed managers were often recycled into new jobs, he says, where they continued to make the same mistakes.

He says he was “shocked to his core” by the failures in care, which included 150 avoidable deaths a week in England.

Hunt also refers to the problem of lack of emergency care, with “patients who have dialled 999 waiting hours for ambulances and admission to A&E departments.” And this:

One in nine of the population in England is now on an NHS waiting list for routine surgery, a total of 6.4 million people.

The kind of rot described here is typical of government bureaucracies and is therefore entirely predictable. The second story has to do with dentistry: “Nine out of ten NHS dental practices in England closed to new routine patients.”

Across England, some 86.3 per cent of dentists are not accepting new patients who are seeking a routine check-up. Of those, 42.4 per cent state explicitly that they are not accepting new adults.

A further 43.9 per cent will only accept them with a referral from a dentist, which is likely to reflect the need for advanced dental services only, such as complications or surgical extractions.

For children, 78.7 per cent of dentists are not accepting new routine patients.

How can this be? What irrational incentives would cause dentists to shun new business?

[Louise Ansari, the national director at Healthwatch England] said the issue was compounded “by a confusing dental contract that doesn’t incentivise dentists to take on new patients, particularly ones that may require extensive treatment. And it is the most vulnerable people in our society, including children, disabled people and those on low incomes who are bearing the brunt”.
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[T]he latest data published by NHS Digital in February suggested about 65 per cent of adults had not been seen in the last 24 months.

Dentists are abandoning the profession:

The British Dental Association urged ministers to “wake up” to the crisis facing NHS dentistry, warning that about 3,000 dentists had already left the NHS since the start of the pandemic.

They blame what they call a “discredited contract” between dentists and the NHS, which effectively limits the number of treatments a dentist can offer each year. The system funds care for little over half the population, while perversely incentivising dentists to take on simpler cases as they are rewarded the same for one filling as ten.

In America, people become dentists mostly because they can make very good money. They compete for new business, as more patients mean more income. If a dental practice attracts more business than the existing number of dentists can handle, they can hire younger dentists and make more money still. The result is that people in the U.S., at all income levels, generally have better teeth than people in the U.K. and most other European countries.

Socialism destroys everything it touches.

HOPE To Aid The Invaded UKRAINE!

Mitch McConnell leads delegation of GOP Senators to Ukraine

JOHN SEXTON May 14, 2022 at HotAir:

Senator Mitch McConnell made a surprise visit to Ukraine today along with three other GOP Senators.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed to Kyiv a congressional delegation led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Zelensky said on his Instagram account that the visit “is a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the United States Congress and the American people.”

He added: “Thank you for your leadership in helping us in our struggle not only for our country, but also for democratic values and freedoms. We really appreciate it.”

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Barrasso of Wyoming and John Cornyn of Texas were also seen meeting Zelensky in video and photos posted to the Ukrainian president’s social media accounts.

None of the details of this trip have been released by the Senators themselves so it’s not even completely clear when they arrived. Video of them being greeted by President Zelensky was posted by Zelensky himself on Instagram.https://www.instagram.com/tv/CdiZsDvIAT7/embed/?cr=1&v=14&wp=540&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fhotair.com&rp=%2Fjohn-s-2%2F2022%2F05%2F14%2Fmitch-mcconnell-leads-delegation-of-gop-senators-to-ukraine-n469436#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A764.5%2C%22ls%22%3A136%2C%22le%22%3A762.8000000119209%7D

On one hand these trips are primarily symbolic, a show of support for an ally. House Speaker Pelosi visited Ukraine last month and First Lady Jill Biden visited last weekend.

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But in this case there is a more direct connection to support for Ukraine. The Senate is currently in the process of approving another $40 billion worth of aid. There was an attempt to fast-track that aid earlier this week but it was blocked by Sen. Rand Paul.

The Senate needed unanimous consent to waive procedural hurdles and approve the humanitarian and military aid package, which the House passed 368-to-57 on Tuesday. Mr. Paul, a Republican and a libertarian who generally opposes U.S. spending on foreign aid, objected, halting what had been an extraordinary effort to rapidly shepherd the largest foreign aid package through Congress in at least two decades.

Mr. Paul had sought to alter the bill to include a provision requiring that an inspector general monitor the spending, and was not satisfied with a counteroffer from party leaders to have a separate vote on that proposal. In his objection on the Senate floor, Mr. Paul cited concerns about inflation and rising energy and gas prices.

Despite the delay the aid bill is expected to be passed this coming week. Sen. Paul isn’t the only Republican who opposes the aid. Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got into an argument about it this week on Twitter. It started when Crenshaw explained why he supported the aid.

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Rep. Greene accused Crenshaw of not caring about Ukrainian lives.

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I’m with Rep. Crenshaw on this one. Rep. Greene’s opposition, at least as she’s expressed it here, doesn’t make much sense. We didn’t start a proxy war with Russia, they started a war with Ukraine and we’re responding by supplying Ukraine with weapons to defend themselves. The idea that our support shows a lack of respect for Ukrainian lives is bass ackwards. The Ukrainians are begging for our support and that of other western nations. Failing to give them that support would condemn many of them to death and suffering at the hands of Russian aggressors and would not show any respect for the value of their lives or their desire to live as an independent state.

As Crenshaw suggested, Russia is one of our most persistent geopolitical adversaries, is an authoritarian state and has justified invasions into neighboring territory twice in a decade. Making our adversary pay a heavy price for its second war of choice is a good message to send to Russia and a good object lesson for China which is playing this same game in the South China Sea. Because of Putin’s decision to invade, Russia’s economy is now failing, its military is being humiliated and more countries are signing up to join NATO. All of that is good news for America.

Granted any opposition to Russia in the form of supplying heavy weapons the Ukrainians asked us for, is a risk. But it’s not as if doing nothing is risk free. Russia is already threatening Finland and Sweden for deciding to join NATO, as if they have some control over what Finland and Sweden do. So what is the alternative here? Allow Ukraine to fall? Sign some kind of agreement with Russia that this will definitely be the last neighbor they invade? Does anyone think that would work?

Non-action by the US in response to the invasion of Ukraine would invite further aggression from Russia as well as an invasion of Taiwan by China. The only things holding China back at the moment are 80 miles of ocean and the belief that the US might respond forcefully if China attacks. A show of weakness by the US invites further aggression by authoritarian regimes around the world who are eager to see democracy in general and the US in particular fail. How does that help Americans?

NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE!

Our Great Justice, Clarence Thomas!

MAY 15, 2022 BY SCOTT JOHNSON at PowerLine

JUSTICE THOMAS ON THE LEAK

On Friday the great Justice Clarence Thomas was interviewed by our friend John Yoo. I have posted the C-SPAN video at the bottom.

Professor Josh Blackman created a a transcription of parts of the video and posted highlights with his own comments here on the Volokh Conspiracy’s current home at the Reason site. First, Professor Blackman reports, John asked Justice Thomas if there is “anything going on at the Court these days.” Thomas let out “a booming laugh” before he responded:

The whole idea that your point about institutions, I think we are in danger of destroying the institutions that are required for a free society. You can’t have a civil society, a free society, without a stable legal system. You can’t have one without stability and things like property or interpretation and an impartial judiciary. And I’ve been in this business long enough to know just how fragile it is.

And the institution that I’m a part of, if someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone in you would say that, “Oh, that’s impossible. No one would ever do that.” There was such a belief in the rule of law, belief in the court, a belief in what we were doing, that that was verboten. It was beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination, that someone would do that. And look where we are, where now that trust or that belief is gone forever. When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity. You can explain it but you can’t undo it.”

Let that sink in. There is much more from Justice Thomas and, as you might expect, all of it is worth taking in. Professor Blackman features a few of the highlights and concludes: “It is our best insight to date about the sentiments inside the Court.”

Justice Thomas, long may you run.

https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?517582-1/justice-thomas-leak-supreme-court-opinion-damages-rule-law

Biden’s Bungling IS BECOMING DANGEROUS!

 MAY 14, 2022 BY JOHN HINDERAKER at PowerLine:

THE AP FORMULA: REPUBLICANS POUNCE!

You can tell the Biden administration has badly bungled the infant formula situation when the best their shills at the Associated Press can do is play the “Republicans pounce” card: “GOP’s new midterm attack: Blaming Biden for formula shortage.”

Republicans aiming to retake control of Congress have already sharpened a message centering around blaming Democrats for high inflation, expensive gas, migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and violent crime in some cities.

But GOP leaders landed on an issue this week that it hopes could prove even more potent: tying President Joe Biden to a shortage in baby formula.
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Asked if his administration had responded as quickly as it should have, Biden said, ”If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could’ve. But we moved as quickly as the problem became apparent.”

But the defense by the White House illustrates how finger-pointing at the Biden administration has already spread far and wide among Republicans in Washington, on television and on social media. It’s a new issue for the GOP to hammer at and a way to address families at a time when Democrats believe outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court possibly ending the right to an abortion could galvanize women and other key voters, and thwart or at least lessen a Republican wave in November.

The AP takes up the cudgels for Joe Biden, describing the now-famous photo and video of stacks of formula containers at an illegal immigrant facility at the border:

The AP has not independently verified the photo’s authenticity or when exactly it was captured. Some conservative pundits and news outlets have since spun even greater tall tales from the photo…

“Spun even greater tall tales.” Remember that this is not an opinion piece, it purports to be news reporting.

…with some claiming that they show Biden is shipping “thousands” of pallets of baby formula to the border while parents in the U.S. struggle to find formula.

So how many pallets are there? The AP has no idea.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Border Patrol is “following the law” that requires the government to provide adequate food, specifically formula for children under the age of one, who are detained at the border.

GOP political consultants nonetheless call it a ready-made issue that resonates with voters.

The AP doesn’t note that Democrats are highly selective in choosing the laws they want to follow. Not including, for example, the immigration laws; if they followed those laws, they wouldn’t have to ship pallets of formula to many thousands of illegal immigrants.

Finally, the AP can try to run interference, but it isn’t hard to see who is coming out ahead on this issue:

O Come, All Ye Faithful!

Our America…..WHEN IT IS BEAUTIFUL!

To The Ukraine….and Then What?

Mitch McConnell leads delegation of GOP Senators to Ukraine

JOHN SEXTON May 14, 2022 8:30 PM ET

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Senator Mitch McConnell made a surprise visit to Ukraine today along with three other GOP Senators.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has welcomed to Kyiv a congressional delegation led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Zelensky said on his Instagram account that the visit “is a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the United States Congress and the American people.”

He added: “Thank you for your leadership in helping us in our struggle not only for our country, but also for democratic values and freedoms. We really appreciate it.”

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Barrasso of Wyoming and John Cornyn of Texas were also seen meeting Zelensky in video and photos posted to the Ukrainian president’s social media accounts.

None of the details of this trip have been released by the Senators themselves so it’s not even completely clear when they arrived. Video of them being greeted by President Zelensky was posted by Zelensky himself on Instagram.https://www.instagram.com/tv/CdiZsDvIAT7/embed/?cr=1&v=14&wp=540&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fhotair.com&rp=%2Fjohn-s-2%2F2022%2F05%2F14%2Fmitch-mcconnell-leads-delegation-of-gop-senators-to-ukraine-n469436#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A764.5%2C%22ls%22%3A136%2C%22le%22%3A762.8000000119209%7D

On one hand these trips are primarily symbolic, a show of support for an ally. House Speaker Pelosi visited Ukraine last month and First Lady Jill Biden visited last weekend.

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But in this case there is a more direct connection to support for Ukraine. The Senate is currently in the process of approving another $40 billion worth of aid. There was an attempt to fast-track that aid earlier this week but it was blocked by Sen. Rand Paul.

The Senate needed unanimous consent to waive procedural hurdles and approve the humanitarian and military aid package, which the House passed 368-to-57 on Tuesday. Mr. Paul, a Republican and a libertarian who generally opposes U.S. spending on foreign aid, objected, halting what had been an extraordinary effort to rapidly shepherd the largest foreign aid package through Congress in at least two decades.

Mr. Paul had sought to alter the bill to include a provision requiring that an inspector general monitor the spending, and was not satisfied with a counteroffer from party leaders to have a separate vote on that proposal. In his objection on the Senate floor, Mr. Paul cited concerns about inflation and rising energy and gas prices.

Despite the delay the aid bill is expected to be passed this coming week. Sen. Paul isn’t the only Republican who opposes the aid. Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got into an argument about it this week on Twitter. It started when Crenshaw explained why he supported the aid.

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Rep. Greene accused Crenshaw of not caring about Ukrainian lives.

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I’m with Rep. Crenshaw on this one. Rep. Greene’s opposition, at least as she’s expressed it here, doesn’t make much sense. We didn’t start a proxy war with Russia, they started a war with Ukraine and we’re responding by supplying Ukraine with weapons to defend themselves. The idea that our support shows a lack of respect for Ukrainian lives is bass ackwards. The Ukrainians are begging for our support and that of other western nations. Failing to give them that support would condemn many of them to death and suffering at the hands of Russian aggressors and would not show any respect for the value of their lives or their desire to live as an independent state.

As Crenshaw suggested, Russia is one of our most persistent geopolitical adversaries, is an authoritarian state and has justified invasions into neighboring territory twice in a decade. Making our adversary pay a heavy price for its second war of choice is a good message to send to Russia and a good object lesson for China which is playing this same game in the South China Sea. Because of Putin’s decision to invade, Russia’s economy is now failing, its military is being humiliated and more countries are signing up to join NATO. All of that is good news for America.

Granted any opposition to Russia in the form of supplying heavy weapons the Ukrainians asked us for, is a risk. But it’s not as if doing nothing is risk free. Russia is already threatening Finland and Sweden for deciding to join NATO, as if they have some control over what Finland and Sweden do. So what is the alternative here? Allow Ukraine to fall? Sign some kind of agreement with Russia that this will definitely be the last neighbor they invade? Does anyone think that would work?

Non-action by the US in response to the invasion of Ukraine would invite further aggression from Russia as well as an invasion of Taiwan by China. The only things holding China back at the moment are 80 miles of ocean and the belief that the US might respond forcefully if China attacks. A show of weakness by the US invites further aggression by authoritarian regimes around the world who are eager to see democracy in general and the US in particular fail. How does that help Americans?