You may or may not have noticed I haven’t written a blog post for 2 weeks, except for the Saturday cartoon posts. Never fear — nothing is wrong.
Well, plenty is wrong out in the world right now, but that’s not what I meant. Beyond writing this blog, which I have been doing now for four years, I do have a full-time job that keeps me quite busy. And simply put, I had a project I was working on that required a lot of thinking, analyzing, and writing. I’ve been writing every night for a couple of weeks and just couldn’t find any extra brain power to write anything here.
But, I’m happy to say, that that is behind me and I’m back. And I’ve got a few things I’ve been wanting to say that’s gotten a bit backed up.
At the top of my mind, and so many of yours, I’m sure, is watching what is unfolding in Ukraine. Wars have a tendency to suck up all the oxygen and attention, and that sure seems like the case, even though I did break away from the coverage to check out Biden’s State of the Union address.
But I’ve been focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the incredible response of the Ukrainian people and their president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has certainly met this moment in history face forward.
Ukraine, a former republic of the Soviet Union, gained independence in 1991 and recently has continued to chart a path closer to the West. So to see a relatively newer democracy get attacked by Putin, the ultimate autocrat, is alarming to say the least. And the swift response by nearly the entire world — a repudiation of an attack on a democracy — has been heartening to see. As heartening as it is terrible to be confronted with the terror and ugliness of war.
I see an echo of that conflict here in our country. Now while even the Republicans have gotten the message that being on Putin’s side is suddenly the wrong place to align with, we nevertheless see the struggle between autocracy and democracy right here. And as there’s very little I can do about Ukraine, other than to show my support, lobby my Congressfolk when Ukraine-specific measures come up, and make sure disinformation doesn’t spread, there is something I can do to promote democracy right here and now.
I will now get back to my normal posts about promoting democracy and sharing information about how we can all get involved with the midterms. Until my next post, I’d be curious to hear how you are reflecting on the conflict in Ukraine.
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