EDITORIAL: Words Americans Live by, Which Russians Should Learn

E pluribus unum -- From the many, one.

E pluribus unum -- From the many, one.

EDITORIAL

Words Americans Live by, Which Russians Should Learn

Time and again over the last two centuries, malignant dictators of every stripe have calculated that Americans will not fight, that they are a soft people used to comfort and will not stand for principle against the determined onslaught of fire and steel.

Each and every time, those dictators have been proved wrong.  Each and every time, the United States has seen the dictator into his grave, obliterating his nation and rewriting the history of the world.

In this past century alone, the efforts of the United States have laid low Japan, Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  Japan and Germany today are prosperous, happy nations that bear no resemblance to the maniacal dictatorships that challenged the United States and were destroyed by it.  And the United States bestrides the world like colossus.  Most recently, the United States was able tgo project its awesome military power to the other side globe and crush tyrranical regimes in Iraq and Afghanistan — projection of this kind of military power is something Russia has never accomplished once in its entire history, and cannot even dream of attempting. Little wonder Russia’s autocrats became so nervous about it.

But it now appears that the job in regard to the USSR was not completed.  The United States, it now seems foolishly, accepted the surrender of the USSR on highly favorable terms for Russia rather than physically liquidating it’s malignant regime when it had the chance, as had been done in Japan and Germany.   Once again, the forces of venal dictatorship, of haughty childish contempt for American values and indeed for the value of individual human life itself, rise beyond a new Iron Curtain. Once again, ignorant gray little men in lonely towers imagine they can bring down the United States with their furious hatred and delusional arrogance. Once again they believe that no nation can stand behind values like freedom and democracy when fire and steel are flying.

Little do they understand the mighty American people and the principles that guide them, which are consistently expressed throughout American history. Let’s remember them now:

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

– Virgina Assemblyman Patrick Henry; March 23, 1775.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

– U.S. President Abraham Lincoln; November 19, 1863.

Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end; we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be; we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.

– British Prime Minister Winston Churchill; June 4, 1940

I have a strong admiration and regard for the valiant Russian people and for my wartime comrade, Marshal Stalin. There is deep sympathy and goodwill in Britain — and I doubt not here also — toward the peoples of all the Russias and a resolve to persevere through many differences and rebuffs in establishing lasting friendships.  It is my duty, however, to place before you certain facts about the present position in Europe.  From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia; all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject, in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and in some cases increasing measure of control from Moscow.

– British Prime Minister Winston Churchill; March 5, 1946.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

– U.S. President John F. Kennedy; January 20, 1961.

It was C.S. Lewis who, in his unforgettable Screwtape Letters, wrote: “The greatest evil is not done now in those sordid ‘dens of rime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not even done in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.”

Well, because these “quiet men” do not “raise their voices,” because they sometimes speak in soothing tones of brotherhood and peace, because, like other dictators before them, they’re always making “their final territorial demand,” some would have us accept them as their word and accommodate ourselves to their aggressive impulses. But if history teaches anything, it teaches that simpleminded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.

So, I urge you to speak our against those who would place the United States in a position of military and moral inferiority. You know, I’ve always believed that old Screwtape reserved his best efforts for those of you in the church. So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride – the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.

– U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan; March 8, 1983.

I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts. But I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression. I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation; poverty and genocide; climate change and disease. And I will restore our moral standing, so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.

– U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama; August 28, 2008.

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9 responses to “EDITORIAL: Words Americans Live by, Which Russians Should Learn

  1. Hector Figueroa

    How fortunate the man that stumbles upon knowledge. How strong the mind that is willing to learn.
    Culture is a key to understanding one another. Work ethic, worship (in whatever venue), and the ability to express ones values are the foundation of a healthy society. I will begin to understand your culture. I will read about your ways. Mostly, I will respect these hard speaking people that I have never thought to get to know.

  2. These words don’t, and won’t, mean anything to rooshans.

    rasha has always had one brutal form of government or another. The bear lies, and always has. One can never trust the rooshan bear. Milosevic was the same. As a russophile, he signed treaties with one hand, and committed genocide at the same time with his other.

    Roosha, for the first time in its history, had a chance to finally form a human government – not tsarist, not fascist-soviet, but democratic. In typical rooshan fashion, the people, who had been turned into one big genetic culture of fear, did nothing. The sovok elites grabbed all the wealth and blew each other up, along with anyone who got in the way. “Chaos.”

    So Putin is selling “order” – a “managed democracy.” Which means that 1) inside the country, roosha has once again become totalitarian, and 2) outside the country, in order to prove roosha’s “greatness” once agian, Putin-Medvedev and their kleptocracy are beating others up.

    Plus – every 2-bit rooshan barely hanging on economically by a thread, for some reason all of a sudden feels “proud” that roosha has “gotten off its knees” and beat someone up. Ain’t that just the way to put bread on the rooshan table – not. But it makes the rooshan baba tubs of lards in bikinis holding an icon and a rooshan flag jump for joy in Sevastopol as the Black Sea Fleet comes back from beating someone up. Whooppee!

    And, as reported by the Times Online, write graffiti on the walls of Georgian buildings they have looted: “Thanks, America, for the uniforms.”

    rashan soldiers looted Georgian banks, stole bicycles – but Vlad Dracul Putin is looked on as a “hero.”

    oily orthodox moother roosha.

    roosha has reverted to form. It has always been a country that loves misery, theirs and yours.

    And how else has rasha proved its “greatness,” except by exporting misery, by creating death and destruction, by trying to dominate others?

    Saakashvili is right – the rooshan government is a bunch of 21st century barbarians. They always have been, despite playing dress-up in French clothers. Today – Nigeria with missiles.

    One can’t trust the rooshan bear. When it comes to government, roosha is delusional and psychotic.

    And remember the sovok motto: “think one thing, say another, do a third.”

    I’ll say it again – you can’t trust the rooshan bear.

  3. You’ve tactfully quoted key Americans of yesteryear [Churchill's mother, Jenny, was an American, after all], and though their words are indeed splendid and soul-stirring, few Americans today heed the messages.

    Blacks today frequently mock Abraham Lincoln as ‘racist,’ we now know that Kennedy’s administration accomplished little concretely–indeed JFK was a notorious womanizer who frequently cheated on wife, Jacqueline–and our liberal left continually mocks Ronald Reagan and excoriates the leaders of Patrick Henry’s generation for their slave-ownership and vociferous espousal of capitalism.

    Today America is a cesspool replete with illicit drug addiction, poverty, wanton crime, sweeping illegal immigration, homosexuality and other sexual deviancies.

    And we think we’re a moral arbiter for the world? We think we can preach religious values to Rodina Rossiya? We’re only fooling ourselves, in truth. The Russians know better.

  4. You have it wrong re Russia. We can not be put in the same group of evil regimes that US as well as us helped defeat. Some, you did by yourself and won in some cases. Granda comes to mind. Vietnam was a just cause for you but unjust for the rest of the world. The brave Viet. people defeated you royally. And the story goes on and on. You just as us and any strong power did some good, bad and ugly things. It comes with territory. You have no monpoply on morality and you are not clean as you claim either.
    As to power projection, how come you still have nor defeated the Iraqi rebels? You may never do it either. If you ever decide to “project” your power on Russia that will be the last time you ever did it. The game will be over for you and Russia, so “go ahead make their day”. That is what the new Russian management will tell you if and when you come to them to give them “orders” (like that pathetic Ms. Condi did) to back off. Never again will they back off and if your “democracy” will be OK with the final confrontation so it will be OK with Russian style democracy. You don’t go pushing around a cou ntry with history and size of Russia and get away for ever. While at that meeting today Nato members will do well to be rational and accept the reality of Georgian conflict which is an absolute fault of the Gergian prez who acted with US blessing. Russia is hefre to stay and deserves respect and appreciation.

  5. rasha is not a country. It is a federation, which was formed by brute force. And currently it is a kleptocracy operating for the benefit of a few – Putin and his buddies. The general population of roosha is suffering big time – so Putin can pretend he’s a man.

    rooshans are delusional – only a rooshan would think that a democracy next door is “pushing roosha around.”

    Because roosha cannot be a human being. rasha is a delusional bully.

    Whining all the time about “being pushed around.” Noone invaded roosha, and noone threated to invade rasha.

    rasha has looted and is looting Georgia – does that, too, constitute rasha being pushed around?

    Why is rasha still in Georgia? No doubt to continue the looting.

    To a rooskie, psychotic, stupid moronic rooskies, rasha was being “invaded” and “pushed around” – in Georgia!

    Whiny, whiny little stupid rooskies.

    You want some cheese with that whine?

  6. Zukov,
    You are seriously delusional. You impotently threaten with: “You don’t go pushing around a country with history and size of Russia and get away for ever”? Wtf are you talking about? Russia is bullying pretty much all of their neighbours, arguing with ridiculous logic that they are protecting their citizens! No one is pushing around, attacking or even suggesting attacking your country!! It is Russia that is the aggressor! Did you not notice that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not actually a part of Russia? No one actually pushed Russia around. YOU are the ones who have just invaded a country!

    Your government isn’t fooling anyone, except perhaps naive fools like yourself. What about Chechnya? They are Russian citizens too and you didn’t feel like protecting them very much just a few years ago when they stood up to aggression (from the loving government of their own country). They wanted independence too. You seem keen to invade other countries to offer their minorities independence. Do you want to liberate them too from an aggressive country, using your logic?

    Being the school yard bully-boy will encourage people to find ways to not get stomped on – and yes this might mean running to another big country for help (what would you do in the same situation), but if you seriously think kicking a small neighbour has earned the Russian government the right to deserve “respect and admiration” as you demand, you are just defending the bully.
    Just because the US is not a perfect country (I wonder, did you previously look up to them?), your logic suggests that it gives the right for Russia to act like it is living in the 19th Century and just demand respect for no particular reason because they are big and have power.

    You are a thug.

    Try for a moment to imagine how you might behave if Russia was a small country (for example, the size of Georgia), and was constantly threatened by another bigger country that lived next door. I imagine you would have a totally different perspective to the big giant threatening you than what you have now. Why do almost all of the ex-Soviet slave states run to the US and NATO for help? Because they are afraid of being “pushed around” by Russia! And you are the one who keeps saying you are being pushed around.

    Just because Russia is big, saying they “deserve respect and appreciation” doesn’t mean anything. If you want your country to be respected, stop trying to take over your neighbours!

    Come on, grow up and act like an adult, not like a petulant toughy in the school yard demanding lunch money from the weeny guy.

    If you had any brains you’d notice the big picture here. Your beloved government are a bunch of crims. Try to disagree with them sometime, let’s see how great you think they are then. You would be locked up in no time.

    Hot tip: in a few months you will be going through this all over again with Ukraine, or perhaps the poor people-and-gun-smuggling minorities of Transnistria that need liberating.

    Do you really believe we should show respect to Putin’s government, just because they are strong and have more guns than others? .. you and your type of fanatics are freaking barbarians!

  7. G, to say that Russia’s ‘bullying’ her neighbors is to ignore the fact that we’re bullying her neighbors as well, in continually trying to emplace our troops and missiles in those countries–all of which harbor large percentages of people who don’t want our heavy hardware.

  8. Mishka, why don’t you stop pretending to be an American?

    Your drivel comes straight out of the Kremlin.

    rasha went into Georgia by force, under the pretense of “protecting” rashan passport citizens.

    The code words that Medvedev and other in rasha use are very revealing.

    The Medvedev doctrine notes that rasha has had “friendly relations” with other countries.

    What that really means is that rasha/maskva ruled other countries by force. And spread its rashan misery all over the place.

    Last time I checked, the EU, NATO, and other organizations, were voluntary – no force required to join.

    The whole world tried to engage roosha through various mechanisms (trade talks, partnership programs, for example) – but in roosha, the only thing they know is “nyet.” Stupid rooskies.

    rashan women are leaving rasha by the millions as Internet and mail order brides. They vote with their feet. Why? Because Putin and his select few thug friends have all the money, but noone else does. Because there is no freedom in rasha.

    And not even Putin taking his shirt off and posing for pictures will keep those women there.

  9. Care to exhibit certifiable proof of your claim which suggests Russia’s culpability in initiating the war in Georgia, elmer?

    BTW:

    Russian “brides” also flock to Eastern and Western Europe–and who knows where else. The U.S. isn’t solely the holy grail when it comes to Russian expatriates. Granted, Russia’s economy is fledgling now, but what’ll happen when it’s up and running, and vastly outstripping that of the West? What happens when those Russian petro-dollars kick in big-time, my friend? Is this what the West genuinely fears? Was Solzhenitsyn right about our concern for a Russian return to greatness, to a sense of nationalism that Americans have long since lost? Better give it some additional thought, my boy.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS: We demand that you cease this outrageous and ignorant propagdanda. SEVERAL TIMES this blog has published chronologies, from various mainstream sources, CLEARLY SHOWING that Russian-backed Ossetian rebels INITIATED A FIREFIGHT and Georgia responded by calling for a cease fire which they ignored. ONLY THEN did Georgia attack. Moreover, for MONTHS before that, Russian warplanes had been violating Georgian airspace, and had been formally condmned by the UN for shooting down a Georgian surviellance aircraft. No credible source challenges this chronololgy and THE ENTIRE CIVILIZED WORLD has condemned Russia as the agressor.

    Your outragous misstatements of fact will not be tolerated on this blog, nor will your obvious failure to read our content before posting. Shape up or ship out, you ignoramus. This is your last warning.

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