“It is quite conceivable…that a man who…correctly foretold a disaster…should get pleasure from his suffering because he was right, because he knew it. It is curious how universal man’s will to be right is, to have been right.” – Theodor Haecker (June, 1940)
Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent toward Biden, or believe Trump would have done better in preventing this conflict from happening, neither of these political attitudes do anything to negate the reality of the international crisis that is now here. Instead, our internal political bickering about such matters only serves to fuel our domestic division and, in turn, strengthen Putin’s hand by weakening our unity and faith in democracy.
Say what you will about the current state of our democracy, but the Ukrainian crisis should allow us, at least for a brief moment, to transcend partisanship.
We, the individual citizens of our nation, may not be able to take direct actions that serve to help or ameliorate the crisis abroad, but we certainly can, if merely out of respect for the ideals of democracy, put aside our internal quarreling with our neighbors’ different views of the future of our nation’s democracy and recognize and pay homage to those in Ukraine who no longer battle for their democracy with words, but actual, direct war on democracy that is being waged upon their lands.