I’ll Take My Chances…

As a student of history, I am convinced of this: autocrats are best at starting wars that kill lots of people and as a result, bringing their own countries down around their necks. There has never been anything good to say about “might makes right,” sorry Mr. Machiavelli. I’ll take my chances with democracy, as messy as it can be at times, any day.

I have been reading that there is some support in the American religious right for Putin and Russia. This support results from Putin’s crackdowns on those that might be non-white and also of different sexual orientations. Is this the “hammer of God” finding a warrior in Putin? Gosh, I hope Christianity is better than this. I will stick with my Universalist/Unitarian Church and its beliefs. I do not want to be the hammer of anything for anyone.

I keep hearing criticism of President Biden from the Right. The criticism I keep hearing is “weak leadership.” I must disagree. I am amazed at the leadership of President Biden and his administration in restoring our alliances with Europe, NATO, and the other democracies of the world. I often think the criticism of “weak leadership” is really about a preference for autocratic leadership. It is no secret which side of the political spectrum this preference finds support. What is confused for “weak leadership” is really the leadership characteristic of democracies and building consensus, not dictating it. This is not a comfortable work in politics for the Right. So, I’ll take my chances with democracy in the work of building alliances and support around the world out of mutual support, not out of fear or the use of force.

I’ll take my chances with that thing in my head called a conscience, and I like to think it is my “…better angels speaking…” and I bet they support democracy, not autocracy.

Take care and prayers for those in Ukraine and others standing up to autocrats. The world does not need any more of those folks. How about putting some more of them away in the ash bin of history, or at least in orange jump suits.

Published by Ed Pirie

I am a native Vermonter. I am a child of the 50s, 1951 to be exact. For much of my youth Vermont had one foot in the 19th century and one in the 20th century. The old ways coexisted with a world that was changing. We were sort of insulated in Vermont from much that was happening outside our state, but our little protective bubble was shrinking. My understanding of today has been greatly influenced by the past as the past was always part of our present in the Vermont of the 1950s and even the 60s. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. You will find my thoughts on many topics here. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. I try to write clearly and simply. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting my site. Take care.

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