American President Biden popped in to visit Ukrainian President Zelensky on the one-year marker since Russia illegally and viciously attacked Ukraine. As they met, the American President stressed again his country’s view that the entire world must stick together to save the democracy for which Ukraine shed blood on behalf of all the truly free world.
All men are created equal. That’s the phrase used by the wise American forefathers in their time 250 years ago. In 2023, America still believes in that ideal, fully aware of how far it differs from reality.
The ideal of equality inscribed in the US Constitution was a product of thought inherited from European thinkers. That branch of European society was liberal, like most thinkers are in modern America. Liberals see possibility in a better future. Too many conservatives see the future as bleak with liberals destroying a comfortable way of life they see as their birthright..
Since time unknown, the world has grappled with the mystery of how to deflect tyranny. That timeline stretches from the first caveman ever recorded until now when way too much becomes part of the record. It covers a period of civilization that spans a baseline from conking a woman for a date until now when women knock down glass ceilings in the same way that minorities do, both at home and in the broader world.
.In 2023, America is no longer a melting pot. America now is a petri dish for how the world’s near 200 countris will interact.
The shifting balance of the world’s near 200 countries gained a momentum led by America. The country’s liberal part elected in 2008 the first non- country. White head of a western industrialized country. The backlash was fierce, led by business huckster Donald Trump. With his band of deadly men, he nearly succeeded in a coup.
In that case, democracy was saved by the country’s well founded institutions, their operations kept in check by good people of all genders and levels of adherance to tradition. Then Eangland, steeped in tradition as it is, elected a non-White Asian as Prime Minister. And still America with its short history of racial inequality remains mired in a racial divide while nearly all-White Europe has turned on itself yet again.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an extension of an era thought dead with the outcome of the Second World War. In fact, the entire democratic world is now involved in freeing Ukraine from the clutches of a self destructive White expansionist history that Vladimir Putin wants desperately to revive.
Europe learned from the Second World War that force simply doesn’t work on a society’s most valuable members, its thinkers. Those brainiacs are not necessarily its erudite elite such as pundits, scholars and politicians at all levels. America’s thinkers are those who value equality of people beyond color or race,
Russia, it seems, has not learned that lesson. Its savage invasion of Ukraine is White on White aggression, which proves that evil is more than skin deep..
Slavery did not begin in America. But its remnants are currently at the top of the American social agenda. Other countries with less of a racial mix are coping with remnants of ethnic, religious and geaographic history.
Further, the entire western hemisphere is coping with fallout from the White expansionist tradition that stumbled onto America and built it into the prosperous country most everybody wants to join. Most, however, love their birthplace and would never leave if their homeland could adopt the US democratic values. That includes the troubled Middle American Triangle countries, including transit countries leading there from throughout the world. Haiti and Cuba are just two of the many lush islands still struggling to find a footing as a democracy..
The ideals of the US Constitution that encapsulate the ideals of democracy are globally earth shattering. They contain the explosive strength of a nuclear bomb as a force for good. The viability of those ideals is now on the line. They wait to see if countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the overlooked countries of the Americas believe in them. As the world’s petri dish for those values, America affirms its democratic values through Ukraine.
That White on White aggression is a reminder to America that honor, civility and equality i are all more than skin deep. That awareness can unite America with the rest of the world as a force for the good of all people.
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