In coming elections, Americans will have a choice, as always, when it comes to the kind of government we want: An open, liberal, representative democracy or some version of the old monarchy the Founders rejected, and that would be, in the modern world, an autocratic form of government, if not a dictatorship. It would be what Russia has. And what Russia has today is a lying, murderous criminal as a leader. Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a throwback to 20th Century fascism, using his military to terrorize a neighboring country and attempt to depose its democratically elected president. All Americans should be unequivocally outraged at Putin’s unjustified invasion and his effort to destabilize Europe.
Anyone who stops short of condemning Putin should have their American credentials — and their mental health — checked.
All Americans need to take a good hard look at Russia and keep looking: If you don’t think a demented man could become president of the United States and, with the full complicity of his political party, tear apart the foundations of our democracy — fair elections, transparent government — and wield enormous power unfettered by the checks and balances built into the Constitution, then you have not been paying attention. Give the Putin-adoring, erratic Trump the presidency again, along with a Republican Senate and House, and a Supreme Court already stacked with right-wing zealots, then the distance between the American ideal and Putinesque Russia becomes just a short walk. It’s time for all but the most irrational Trump supporters to search their souls and reject him, once and for all. If you’re appalled by Putin, and you should be, you cannot support Trump.