Background on the Ongoing Turmoil in Eastern Ukraine

Photo/map from Wikipedia. Donbass region of eastern Ukraine
Photo/map from Wikipedia. Donbass region of eastern Ukraine
The population of the Ukraine is about 42 million. Of that 42 million, 78 percent are ethnic Ukrainians, and 17 percent are ethnic Russians. About 23 percent of Ukrainians consider Russian to be their main language. Both Russian and Ukrainian are similar East Slavic languages. Likewise, the genetic DNA mix of Russia and Ukraine are similar. Christianity survived Soviet Communism and is growing rapidly. According to a 2018 Razumkov survey, about 72 percent of Ukrainians identify as Christians. Most, 67 percent, identify as Ukrainian or Russian Orthodox.  Orthodox Patriarchates are divided between cultural connections to Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and Moscow. About 13 percent are specifically oriented to the Moscow Patriarchate. Most of the Russian ethnic population is located in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine bordering Russia. Several areas in the Donbass region have pro-Russian separatist majorities. These are centered in the cities and regional administrations (oblasts) of Donetsk and Luhansk, which are sometimes referred to as the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.  
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Ominous Threats to Peace and Freedom

Xi Jinping - President of the People’s Republic of China.
Xi Jinping - President of the People’s Republic of China.
One of the best books for understanding the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to replace the United States as the world’s greatest superpower is Michael Pillsbury’s 2014 book, The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower.  Its title alone reveals the two most important characteristics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in military, economic, and diplomatic strategy: long-term patience and deception.  Bill Gertz’s 2019 book, Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China’s Drive for Global Supremacy, reveals the CCP’s astonishing deception, lies, and theft in advancing its technological means for becoming the dominant world power. Stephen W. Mosher’s 2017 book, Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order, is absolutely frightening. Its title reminds me of a former Air Force POW in North Vietnam, who gave me his very succinct description of Communism: “They are just bullies.”  Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, described Mosher’s book very appropriately in a brief review, explaining “why China’s Dream is the world’s nightmare.”
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The Legacy of Abolitionist

“…the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood. ...”
“…the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away, but with blood. ...”

I am not in favor of racism or slavery.  Both have social and personal consequences that erode the moral, economic, social, and civic order of nations and peoples.  Yet I am appalled at the enormous evil that can be propagated by the human tendency to unforgiving, self-righteous virtue-signaling regarding slavery and racism. Historical ignorance and political distortions of history have contributed to compounding and expanding intolerance, misunderstanding, and fanatical hatred disguised as high virtue. The slavery issues surrounding the Civil War are now barely understood and often distorted. Moreover, the definitions and understanding of racism have been wildly inflated for the purposes of social and political manipulation. The atmosphere of overbearing political correctness and “cancel culture” is darkening our discernment and strangling our abilities for critical thinking and honest expression.  Cancel culture is really unforgiveness culture, even a quasi-religious fanatical hate culture. 

During the Civil War era, the term “abolitionist” was usually reserved for those who demanded the immediate end of slavery no matter what the consequences to slave-owners, slaves, and economic and civil order. They had a richly deserved reputation for fanaticism. The far more numerous advocates of eventual freedom for all slaves believed the slaves needed some preparation for independence, slave-owners deserved some compensation for the change in laws, and patient and peaceful means should be used to accomplish this. These often called themselves “emancipationists.” They were quite numerous in the both the North and South, one of which was Robert E. Lee.  

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The Political Radicalization of the American Military

US Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican US Army combat veteran.
US Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican US Army combat veteran.
Under the charge of newly appointed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, the Biden-Harris oligarchy is pursuing an ideological and political transformation of our Armed Forces that is on a collision course with reality. Viable national security must be based on principles that are based on known or learned realities. Instead, we are charging into the delusionary upside-down   misgovernment of Lewis Carroll’s Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Leftist ideologies typically blind their adherents to reality. Furthermore, Leftist enforcement of ideologies that contradict reality and therefore don’t work tends to force them to ruthless coercion and violence.

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”—George Orwell, 1984

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USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78, Newest  active U.S nuclear supercarrier. May God bless America!
USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78, Newest active U.S nuclear supercarrier. May God bless America!

Replacing Military Realism with Social Engineering

A recent news release claimed that China now has more naval ships than the United States. While this is true, the United States still has an advantage over China in global sea power. China is now the world’s leading naval ship builder, but most of the People’s Liberation Navy’s new ships are smaller coastal defense ships. Although smaller and shorter range, they are equipped with the latest technology in radar and cruise missiles. In terms of firepower as reflected in naval tonnage, the Chinese Navy has 2.0 million tons, whereas the U.S. Navy has 4.8 million tons and still has technological superiority.

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