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Americans have long valued their right to speak freely. Free speech is expressly stated in the First Amendment for a reason. Freedom of speech provides the bedrock on which a free society functions. Without it, there is no democracy. The inability to speak freely and express our own opinions is a proud tradition in the U.S.

Across generations, once radical ideas were freely voiced, often they ultimately turned out to be correct. One man’s or woman’s opinion is precisely that; their own. But the new progressive ideology doesn’t believe this. The left is fine with free speech, as long as what is said agrees with their predetermined talking points.

Quite obviously, that’s the exact opposite of free speech. It’s censorship. When it comes to certain types of government policies, such as wars, free speech has always been a critical part of American discourse. During the 1960s, free speech helped Americans realize that our government had embroiled the nation in an unwinnable conflict.

But for the divisions that it created in the country, free speech during the Vietnam War was the thread that helped stitch the nation back together. Without the ability to speak freely, the devastation that the war in Southeast Asia caused would have been magnified 100-fold. But lost in today’s America seem to be the historical lessons Vietnam taught us.

When Vladimir Putin invaded neighboring Ukraine, Americans were rightfully angered. Invading a sovereign nation is wrong. But how can the United States address such a violation of societal norms without becoming fully embroiled in another unwinnable war? America should support the Ukrainians defense of their homeland.

Maybe we should provide assistance as well. However, at what level does the U.S. assist another country at the risk of putting our own nation in grave peril? More so, how should those who do not agree with the policy of supporting an authoritarian type of government be treated? Shouldn’t an American have the right to speak out against U.S. involvement?

To prove just how far removed from a true democracy that Ukraine is, we need only look at the viewpoints of its leader. Many have hailed President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as a Winston Churchill-type hero. But who is he really? If Zelenskyy were truly the champion of democracy that he claims to be, he would welcome contrary opinions about the war.

However, Zelenskyy says he feels the exact opposite. In fact, the Ukraine president says that anyone with an opinion different from his is a propagandist stooge for Russia. In other words, everyone either agrees with the U.S. shipping cargo ships full of money and weapons to his nation, or they’re a communist sympathizer.

The truth is the opposite. Anyone who feels free to express a different opinion is a true believer in democracy. It’s the American way. To propose that such a demeaning label be applied to someone who disagrees with your point of view is totalitarian. Zelenskyy likes democratic values as long as they don’t contradict his ability to suck money and arms out of other countries.

Zelenskyy is taking a page out of an old U.S. political playbook. He’s revitalized a new type of McCarthyism. Ukraine’s president has issued a blacklist of any politician who voices criticism about how his country is essentially being handed a blank check. Zelenskyy says these men and women are promoting Russian propaganda. They’re not.

Many just want to know where the billions upon billions in financing are going. They want to know how a nation can suffer so many devastating casualties, while supposedly winning the war. It’s the job of these lawmakers to ask these questions.

Americans should be extra suspicious of an elected official who is not asking them. Furthermore, we should be extremely suspicious of a leader who calls anyone who disagrees with him a communist sympathizer. Hasn’t America heard that narrative before?

Daniel

Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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  • the three people gathering the most WEALTH in the current russo/ukraine war are.
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  • Get off the Democracy kick. There is no Democracy in Europe. Europe is made up of Socialist Countries. What Europe has done after WWII is make a bunch of suckers out of the U.S. Europe didn’t have to worry about the Defense of Europe, they had the U.S. to take care of that part for them. Europe would rather spend their tax money on Socialism. Screw spending on defense, that’s what the U.S. is for. NATO has outlived its usefulness. America should pull out of NATO, and close down it’s European installations. Europe should pool their resources together and for their own National Army, Navy and Air Force for the defense of Europe. NATO is doing very little for the Defense of the Ukraine. The U.S. is picking up most of the tab for the military war machine. NATO doesn’t really want to get involved and it’s obvious. America will send it’s money and military aid to Ukraine, will not spend a dime to secure the Southern Border. Enough is enough. No blank check, America is financing Ukraine on borrowed money. Let’s say Ukraine wins the war. Ukraine infrastructure is destroyed. It’s going to take billions and trillions to repair all of Ukraine. Zalensky will be on his hands and knees with his hands out asking for those billions and trillions to repair his country, and how much of the current aid and future aid is going to wind up in the hands of corrupt Ukrainian politicians and bureaucrats? Here is where Communist China steps in. Communist China will help Zalensky repair Ukraine, since Ukraine doesn’t have the money to do it, and in exchange Communist China will help themselves to whatever natural resources that are in the possession of Ukraine.

    • Spot on! I was in favor of never sending a dime to Ukraine…one of the most corrupt countries around. I am old enough to remember when Russia tried to put missiles in Cuba, and Kennedy stopped them because Cuba is close enough to be considered a “border.” What’s the difference with Russia and Ukraine? Putin knew there were U.S. biolabs in Ukraine (weapons of mass destruction). He asked for a resolution and got nothing. Donetsk and Luhansk were primarily Russian-speaking provinces of Ukraine who wanted Russian rule. This entire conflict could so easily have been avoided, but the U.S. powers-that-be didn’t want that…their dreams of getting rich on the taxpayers dime via Ukraine couldn’t be interrupted.

      • Of course he knows; those labs were set up in Ukraine by the USSR, not us. Putin was KGB, high up, before the USSR collapsed. The lie that we put them there is just that. We did beef up security, and MIGHT have supported work done there, but they were there long before we were, like Chernobyl was. Putin needs a war as bad as Xi, Biden, and Khameni do. So that doesn’t really fly . He was not defending his people, and they know it. Russians are running over the borders, like in the ’60s here, for the same reason. Nothing there is what it seem, or what media were claiming last year. I still can’t pick out a “good” guy in that whole med, just a bunch of bad guys. Remember Russia was paying Hunter too, so it’s a very tangled mess.

    • Zelensky is nothing more than a criminal dictator, war crimes, backstabbing, lying SOB! Biden of course is using the American taxpayers coffers to pay off Zelensky to not expose all of the dirt he and others in Ukraine have on him and his son, Obama, Pelosi and a slew of other highly corrupt Democrats with some RINO’s; who would all be hung for Espionage and Treason if they were to be held accountable!

  • It is going into the pocket of the crook that is president of that country. He is in it for the money and nothing to do with helping his country. We need to stop all funding and aide no matter what it is not our war and He is not helping his people he is just helping his self. He is doing what he wants with the weapons , money and doing nothing to help his own people . Stop sending and he may think twice but that is not likely .

  • Mr. Zelensky is playing from an even older playbook, then the one used during the Vietnam war. Just turn the page back to WWII, and Franklin Roosevelt sending billions of dollars in money and arms to the nationalist Chinese. To use against the Japanese forces that had invaded their country. Only to later find out that he was stock piling. our aid. So he could use it against the Communists forces, led by Chairman Mao. And we all know now that worked out, Go on to Vietnam, and the same story there. I was one of the guys who went and saw what our money was buying us. Zelensky is no different. Should God forbid the Ukes lose this war. You can bet that he and the others in their higher ups. Will find a soft place to land, most likely in the U.S.A., would be my guess.

    • Good analysis. But most of what we sent to China ended up in Mao’s hands, not Chiang Kai- Shek’s, unfortunately.

  • All Zelensky wants is more of our money. They are a corrupt country and biden is feeding more and more of our money.

  • DANIEL, I take exception to your calling Vietnam an unwinnable conflict: “During the 1960s, free speech helped Americans realize that our government had embroiled the nation in an unwinnable conflict.”

    The North Vietnamese leaders stated that, “if President Nixon had continued the bombing one more day, they were ready to surrender”. I will agree that free speech did cause Nixon to stop the bombing. Also, a divided Vietnam would not have been better than what Vietnam has become, today.

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