Vladmir Putin is greatly superior to Joe Biden in every observable way. Putin has more intelligence, more integrity, more honesty, more courage, more far-sighted understanding. He is more Christian, more patriotic, and works to strengthen his country, while Biden is destroying his. Putin is an historical figure, while Biden is merely a loser, like the last king of France and the last Csar of Russia - weak, ignorant rulers who brought disaster to their people. Putin is articulate and knows some real history, ahead of Biden on both counts.
During the War of 1812, the wise statesman John C. Calhoun considered what was the duty of a citizen during war time. Of course, he must support his people, but if he thought the country and its leaders were wrong, to what extent was it a citizen’s right to say so? Of course, the war that Calhoun was discussing was a Constitutionally declared war. There were genuine but patriotic differences of opinion about what action was good for the country.
But what is our patriotic obligation to support the U.S. present military actions operating around the world? These actions are not Constitutional, their benefit to the country has never really been discussed. We sympathise when our fellow citizens who are in harm’s way are killed or wounded in remote places where they should never have been at all - sacrificed by muddled and irresponsible rulers.
I note recently deaths and injuries to our men at some place, an apparently vulnerable place. Note also, those hurt were not regular army people but Georgia National Guardsmen who doubtless never imagined that their service would lead to such sacrifice. The bureaucrats claiming to be soldiers always lean on the South they hate.
Our chair-warrior leaders are eager to say that in defending all these far away bases we are somehow defending America. This is a lie. Our retaliation is in no manner defending our American land and people. Further, these people respond to the attack of a few “terrorists” with massive bombing of entire civil populations that are assumed to harbour such terrorists. This is a grave sin that will create blowback, if God is just.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews