Some Conservatives Miss the Point on #Ukraine

A few conservative pundits are getting Ukraine all wrong.

For example, Ilana Mercer cavalierly classifies the controversy as a geographic formation.  The East has been absorbed by Russian culture, you see.  The West has been seduced by the EU economy, you see.  “What we’re witnessing is a tale of two Ukraines,” she says.  “Ukraine is not a dictatorship, it is an anarchy,” she says.

With the same simplistic geographic view, even the titanic (and normally lucid) wordsmith Pat Buchanan gets it wrong this time, claiming the crisis has “deepened the divide.”

With whacko McCain loose on the field, these pundits are understandably concerned about runaway US involvement.  Indeed, some of the “democracies” midwifed by Obama appear to have come straight from the movie Alien.  But the pundits err when they ignore the real reason so many protesters hit the streets.

Is Europe aiding the protesters?  Sure.  Is the US?  Of course.  And Russia is aiding their side.  And the protesters are aiding the police they capture with food that is better than what the police ate before they got captured.

Far from deepening the divide, the current crisis is uniting Ukraine.  Support for Yanukovich is falling like a rock even in the Russian-speaking East where my wife’s family lives.  Support for Yanukovich in Dnepropetrovsk has never been monolithic but even in Yanukovich’s own Donetsk it has been dropping.  Support in the East has been weakening since even before the protests.  Even legislators and key administrators are now defecting en masse from Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions.

The real reason the Ukrainian people protesteth so much is that they struggle to survive in a kleptocracy that neither listens to them nor represents them because the kleptocracy wants to continue looting the country for personal gain.

Sounds a lot like the situation here in the US, only here the struggle to survive is just beginning.

Compare data from Gallup on the daily struggle in US versus Ukraine:

ukraine misery us misery

Those who preach patience to Ukraine really don’t know what they are talking about.  Despite a huge improvement in living conditions between my first visit in 2001 and my second in 2003, I noticed in later trips (and most Ukrainians would aver) the economy nosedived because Yanukovich refused to adopt reforms necessary to a healthy economy, including even some basic human freedoms.  Why?  Ukrainians have decided corruption is to blame.

Watch these Ukrainians speak of deprivation of civil rights under rule of a man widely suspected of voter intimidation and even of poisoning his main opponent:

Watch these Ukrainians getting shot by the same man:

Was she one of them?

The patriots at rest:

Ukraine rising:

“I am not here as a serf or vassal. I am not begging my lords for mercy.”

“I’m a born free American woman, wife, mother and citizen. And I’m telling my government that you’ve forgotten your place. It’s not your responsibility to look out for my well-being, and to monitor my speech. It’s not your right to assert an agenda. Your post, the post that you occupy, exists to preserve American liberty. You’ve sworn to perform that duty. And you have faltered.”


4th of July TEA Party in Mission Viejo, Orange County, CA

I tried to organize one of these in Ladera Ranch but the local powers make that difficult if not impossible.  Closest one appears to be Mission Viejo:

4th: Street Faire, Tea Party & Fireworks.

The annual 4th of July Street Faire will be held from noon until dusk Saturday on Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway and Melinda. Tom Riehl will emcee the Main Stage entertainment for his 13th consecutive year. The festivities will include: 12:30-1:00 – Karate Demonstration 1:00-3:00 – Steel City Jim and the Nightshift Band (Classic Rock) 3:00-3:30 – Watermelon Contest 3:30-5:30 – This Side Up Band (Jazz & Blues) 5:30-6:00 – Ice Cream Sundae Contest A host of exhibitors will offer a large variety of food, crafts, entertainment and other activities. The Fireworks Show is scheduled at dusk. During the afternoon citizens can also join in a TEA Party event being held at the Melinda entrance to the Faire. The “Taxed Enough Already” protest is sponsored by the local Republican group. The TEA Party is one of many being held on the 4th throughout the United States.

First navy jack You can get a FREE 3' x 5' Navy Jack (pic at right, frequently seen at TEA party rallies) by attending my CCW class (see

FREE NAVY JACK with Utah CCW Class in South OC

navy jacks flying at sachem way, ladera ranch First navy jackBen Franklin preferred the rattlesnake as national symbol noting its reluctance to attack without warning (unlike the biblical serpent, it has a rattle), though fierce on sufficient provocation. See

WND: 1 million attend tea parties in 50 states

WND: 1 million attend tea parties in 50 states.

"The establishment in Washington, D.C., is terrified," Norquist said. "There were no such demonstrations four months into the administrations of Democratic presidents Carter or Clinton."

My daughter and I took our First Navy Jack to the one in Laguna Beach, and she snapped some great photos including this:


I met some great people there, including another Front Sight First Family member, and a lady that turned out to be a fellow alum from Hastings, only one year behind me.