Split in Two: Ukraine or America?

By | August 29, 2019 | 2 Comments

 

Pundits opine that Ukraine is actually two nations. The eastern Ukraine is largely of Russian ethnicity. It is largely Orthodox Christian, either Russian Orthodox or the similar but separate Ukrainian Orthodox. Its people mainly look eastward toward Russia. The western Ukraine is largely of Ukrainian ethnicity, with some Polish admixture. Its people are divided between Ukrainian Orthodox and Ukrainian Greek Catholic, loyal to Rome. The people of the western Ukraine mainly look westward toward Europe

Ukraine is bedeviled by ethnic and religious fissures. The split occurs between east and west, with the Russian bear eager to ingest the eastern portion, at least as an appetizer. But how, you ask, can this possibly be relevant to the situation in America? Clearly, we are not in danger of an east-west split, and our neighbor to the north is not a ferocious, hungry bear but a peaceful, vegetarian moose. But does this mean that America is not in danger of fracturing?

Both east and west coasts are liberal, while the center of the country from Montana and the Dakotas to Texas is conservative. A Ukraine-like split in two would be impossible. An even worse fragmentation is unlikely – but not impossible. Here are the 2016 election results by state:

There is no next-door neighbor abetting the fracture. But there are many enemies who favor our disintegration. These include hostile Russia and China, hostile Muslim extremists, and hostile leftists – including those in our own country.

Houston, we have a problem.

● We are split between those who want to elect fellow citizens to carry out their wishes, and people who want to elect elitists to rule us ignorant “common” people − because we just can’t appreciate their brilliant ideas.

● We are split between those who want innovators like Steve Jobs to prosper by their own efforts, and those who want cronies of officials to prosper from government handouts.

● We are split between those who want to create wealth, and those who want to redistribute the wealth others create.

● We are split between contributors and takers.

● We are split between those who believe there are permanent ethical principles based on Judeo-Christian values, and those who don’t.

● We are split between those who believe the Constitution means what it says, and those who believe it is a “living document” that means whatever judges say it means.

● We are split between those who honor patriots, and those who are so afraid of super-patriots that they try to produce no patriots at all.

● We are split between those who honor the Minutemen as defenders of freedom, and those who replaced a Minuteman mascot as “too violent.”

● We are split between those who truly support our troops, and those who say the words but in fact hold them in contempt and despise what they do.

● We are split between those who want to reassure our friends and worry our enemies, and those who want to do the opposite.

● We are split between those who teach young people to view their country with pride and their flag with respect, and those who teach the opposite.

● We are split between those who honor victims’ rights above criminals’ rights, and those who do the opposite.

● We are split between those who believe in American exceptionalism, and those who also believe in it – but want to end it.

● We are split between those who consider what is right, and those who consider what is legal.

● We are split between those who respect “E Pluribus Unum,” and those who respect “multiculturalism” – meaning to honor all cultures except our own.

● We are split between those who respect all human life, and those who view the million babies aborted each year as “blobs of jelly.”

● We are split between those who respect all human life, and those who see nothing wrong with cutting off care for the elderly and the disabled − even veterans.

● We are split between those who try to save a little money to leave to their children, and those who see nothing wrong with the government running up a gigantic debt for their children and grandchildren to repay – if they can.

● We are split between those who see themselves as independent adults, responsible for themselves and their loved ones, and those who see themselves as teenagers, using their earnings as they please, then running home for Mom to take care of them when they get sick, and for Dad to bail them out when they overspend – with the government playing the role of parent.

● We are split between those who see government handouts as addicting, and those who want to be addicts – or pushers.

● We are split between those who understand that the federal government has only the powers that the Constitution gives it, and those who believe its powers are unlimited, including the power to control our health care − and even tell us what talk radio to listen to, and what light bulbs and toilets to use.

● We are split between those who believe in free enterprise, and those who agree with global capitalists and global socialists (is there any difference?) in their lust to increase their power by reducing our freedoms.

● We are split between those who know that all officials serve under the Constitution, and those who saw nothing wrong when Speaker Pelosi was asked whether nationalized health care is constitutional, and she replied, “Are you serious?” − while giggling. The Constitution survived the Civil War, two World Wars, the Great Depression, and 9/11. But can it survive the contempt of our highest officials?

No, we are not in as severe danger of splitting apart as is Ukraine, at least not yet. But our task is to do all we can to repair the fissures before they become chasms. As a first step, we must recognize that the fissures exist, and that they are growing wider.

Otherwise, the result will be too bitter to contemplate.

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2 Comments

  • Very apt comparison. But don’t forget that jewel projecting into the Black Sea, the Crimea, that projects just like our Florida does into the Strait of Florida!

    • David Stolinsky says:

      True, but I’m ambivalent about Crimea. It was the Russians who conquered it from the Turks. It was the Russians who built the naval base. Maybe I’m wrong, but I just couldn’t get excited when the Russians annexed it.

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