The time in which we live is very frustrating. I hear long-time favorite talk-show hosts spouting pro-war propaganda, and I think some of them have lost their minds. Worse, they’re so out of touch that I don’t know how they can be reached or how they can be made to understand. In terms of argumentation, we’re at an impasse, but I’m not given to easy surrender. It seems that they’re confused about the real nature of the enemy confronting us, so much so, that the critical, imperative nature of what I wish to convey to them and to you no longer permits the time-honored process of argumentation and debate; point and counterpoint. We simply no longer have the time for such niceties. We’re hurtling toward a kinetic World War in which the use of nuclear weapons is being discussed in ways that suggests the proponents of war actually think it’s feasible and even desirable. No. They tell us to recall Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and a litany of Cold-War era leaders who managed to guide us, just barely, away from the gaping abyss. It’s as though they somehow believe that the leaders we now have are in any way comparable to those of my youth who managed to extract us from the most dangerous period in history(excepting the present.) I don’t know any other way to say this. I hope somebody will tap Mark Levin on the shoulder and whisper in his ear, explaining gently that there’s no way to defeat any foreign enemy while our own republic has been overthrown: The enemy is here.
Mark Levin is a reasonable guy, and he’s a smart fellow, and while I love his passion in some instances, this is certainly a time in which cooler heads ought to prevail. Levin actually compared Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Winston Churchill. I cannot, in any conceivable way, stretch the whole of my knowledge of history of the Second World War or the more recent history of the grubby comic of Kiev in order to construct any valid parallel between the two. It is not that Churchill was without his flaws, nor that Zelenskyy might not have some virtue tucked out of sight somewhere, but that there is no way in which one could possibly be mistaken for the other. None. As fatally-flawed as this comparison may seem, it’s hardly the worst among Levin’s highly emotional rantings on Ukraine.
Levin is correct inasmuch as he notes that Putin is a villain, but he also overstates the case. He refers to him as a murderer, but I’d be tempted to ask Levin: What of Obama? Obama ordered the drone-strike of countless people, including women, children, and other innocent civilians. Even in our wretched evacuation of Kabul, Afghanistan, Biden didn’t miss the opportunity to conduct a drone strike against an innocent man and his family, as a scapegoat for the bombing that claimed the lives of our servicemembers at the airport. Is Levin ready to put Biden on trial? No? Why not? Are American leaders the only ones permitted to have innocent blood on their hands in the service of the reputation and interests of those leaders? This is hardly a defense of Putin, but I mention it to illustrate a larger point, and it’s one that Levin seems stubbornly committed to ignoring: We’re not necessarily the good guys in this instance, not because of our people or because of our soldiers, but because our government is no longer ours.
Levin seems to be oblivious to the crimes committed by the Ukraine government against its own people in the Eastern provinces over the last decade. He also seems unaware that it was our government, under Obama, that saw to the overthrow of a legitimately elected leader, President Viktor Yanukovych. By legitimate, I mean at least as legitimate as Biden. The “color revolution” executed by our government in Ukraine in 2014 with Victoria Nuland at the helm should cause any thoughtful person to pause. Was the previous leader a Russian puppet? Perhaps, but certainly no more than his successor was a Western puppet.
The greatest error by Levin finally seemed to cross his mind at the end of his opening hour of pro-war propaganda on Tuesday: He noted that he doesn’t trust ‘these guys” (meaning the whole Biden administration) and that this is part of the problem. I don’t think Levin yet realizes how true that is. It’s more than a part of the problem, however. It is the whole irreparable heart of the issue. You see, it is impossible to consider what the actions of the United States have been, or ought to be, in light of its current leadership. To pretend for one moment that Rishi Sunak is in any way comparable to Margaret Thatcher is terrible judgment enough, without going a step farther, and to imagine the current communist pope, Francis, is in any way on-par with John Paul II is equally abominable, but to imagine that Joe Biden in any sense compares favorably with Ronald Reagan should be a black spot on Levin’s soul for which he’s never forgiven. It’s not simply wrong, but instead, it’s catastrophically foolish and farcical. It’s the kind of desperately dishonest sort of thing often said by people who know they’ve lost an argument.
Biden not only fails to be Reagan, he fails even to be Carter. Whatever I think of Carter, I don’t believe the man had been a traitor to his country. As I asked of Levin on Twitter, naturally unanswered, if we admit that everything the Biden administration is doing domestically is driven by a political agenda that seems intent on destroying the country, our country, why on Earth would we imagine that their international aims would hold any other objective? Levin even mentioned at one point that foreign policy is non-political, “like Justice is supposed to be.” That should have been the moment that it dawned on Levin. That should have been the switch that turned on the lightbulb that would have stopped him in his rhetorical tracks.
Dear Mr. Levin: Our justice system is entirely politicized, and in fact could be said to be a racketeering operation every bit as detestable as the sorts of criminals it had been their mission to pursue, prosecute, and punish. What in the Hell do you think makes the State Department any different in any way? They’re part of the racket too. They’re part of the same sick political agenda. Our diplomatic corps are staffed with the same sort of impeccably corrupt criminals that run everything else in this fatally corrupt, criminal operation known as the United States federal government.
Levin is perfectly capable of seeing and lamenting the catastrophic nature of our current administrative state. He knows that on the domestic front, it’s all crap, crime, and corruption all of the time. All of it. He looks at what is being done to the American people, and he can clearly identify the fact that it’s a purposeful, intentionally wanton destruction of the greatest nation that’s ever been, and that it’s as though the government is carrying out a war on its own people at home. He sees it. He knows it. He understands it. He reports on it to his listeners and viewers daily.
Somehow, he is unable to fathom that this same institution might likewise be acting against the interest of the American people on the international front. Why? Does he think Mitch McConnell is motivated by concern for the people of Ukraine? For the people of America? Does he think Chuck Schumer is any less demonic in his intentions in foreign policy than in the domestic sphere? What sort of sophistry must one accept to draw such an absurd conclusion?
At the same time, Levin detests the argument made by some that we have no business securing Ukraine when we haven’t secured our own borders. He says it’s got nothing to do with it. Doesn’t it? Our Southern border is now being flooded with Chinese nationals. What does Levin think their purpose is? The whole point is to flood us with prospective saboteurs. While Levin rightly notes the real danger of China to the future of the United States, he seems not to notice that Joe Biden is fatally compromised in both Ukraine and China. China is only too happy to see so much of our own war materials and equipment sent to Ukraine to be used up killing Russians. We’re having a shortage of 155mm artillery shells, the same kind fired by the howitzers I worked on in Europe in the 1980s. It’s our most important land-based field artillery type, having a huge investment in both towed and self-propelled pieces to fire these rounds. I thought about this as I learned the explosion and fire at the Schumann & Co’s foundry in Bedford Ohio on Monday, a company that deals with brass, among other things, which is a critical component in the manufacture of these shells. I have no idea if Schumann has any part in the manufacturing of such components, and it’s probably coincidental, but I’d just read an article about the artillery round shortages, and it struck me as odd. Are any of the myriad of derailments, industrial fires and explosions, along with other oddities like the many fires at food processors and poultry farms part of a war of infiltration and sabotage? Don’t tell me the border has nothing to do with it. It’s the first line of our national defense.
This must then be our inescapable conclusion, and it’s one Levin seems not quite willing to accept: Our chief enemy is here. Our chief enemy, the only one that can truly destroy our formerly beautiful constitutional republic, is the enemy within. I am willing to say it, while others cannot muster the voice for it: Our own government has united with other elements as a joint enemy against the people of the United States, the true irony of which is that the American people are being leveraged and taxed to pay for their own destruction. When we send $200 billion to the defense of Ukraine, after you consider how much is siphoned off for purely corrupt purposes, surely less than half makes it to Ukraine, and some of that makes its way back in the form of donations to all the DC dirtbags who voted for the funds to go to Ukraine.
Levin offers that $200 billion is a cheap price to pay for the destruction of the Russian Army. This is pure neocon claptrap. What threat does the Russian Army pose to the people of the United States? Are we expecting them to pour across our borders? No. What we expect are the bombers, ICBMs, and hypersonic missiles. Our $200 billion has done nothing to reduce the threat posed by that set of Russian weapons systems. Instead, the ongoing destruction of the Russian Army merely increases the likelihood that such weapons will be employed against us if Putin becomes desperate, and/or the Russian people become vengeful at the loss of their men to American artillery shells.
Meanwhile, the enemy most lethal to the American people rampages in Washington DC. It cracks the whips against the backs of the very people it wishes most to destroy: Us. While Mark Levin advocates continuing funding of the war in Ukraine, and resorts to cheap scare-tactics about an eventual draft, the truth he and some others seem to avoid is that we are now being ruled by an occupying government that bears no allegiance to the American people, or to the constitution for which it provides conveniently sporadic lip-service. We find ourselves in the unenviable position of the defenders of the gate of Gondor in the Lord of the Rings. We are confronted by obvious enemies before us, but the minds of our leadership are long overthrown, like Denethor, Steward of Gondor. We are unfit to make war with anybody while our nation is governed by enemies. We don’t need to seek out enemies in Russia or Ukraine, or much of anywhere else. They’re here, right here, in the USA. DC is overrun by them, and they’re running the show.