Only history will tell whether the effusive public praise of Ukraine’s President standing against a former military superpower will stand the test of time.
His unlikely beginnings as a comedian, his nation’s longstanding struggles with reigning in corruption, and any questions of political views have all taken a backseat to his role as wartime defender of Ukraine at the hands of Russian aggression.
Support for his defiant defense of Ukraine, and refusal to give up has accomplished what few other things in America can do right now — it has united people across the political spectrum.
And that unflinching support for this new hero makes what he said in praise of past American leaders all the more awkward for the political left in light of their own campaign to reduce with American historical figures and symbols to rubble every bit as much as Putin has reducing Ukrainian cities to rubble.
As NY Post’s Douglass Murray observed:
On Wednesday morning, when the Ukrainian president addressed the US Congress he tried to appeal to Americans. He spoke of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and 9/11. And he tried to summon up the foundational ideals of this country.
He said that “Just like anyone else in the United States I remember your national memorial in Rushmore, the faces of your prominent presidents, those who laid the foundation of the United States of America as it is today.”
…It is wonderful that Zelensky admires the foundations of America. But the country, and politicians, he was addressing seem not to share that admiration. In fact they seem to be actively trying to shrug off the history that Zelensky was appealing to.
The Ukrainian also referenced Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech” without seeming to realize that this generation of Americans have been busily inverting King’s dream. So much so that today we live in a society which is not color-blind, as Dr. King hoped, but color hyper-aware.
…President Zelensky committed the same mistake the week before when he addressed the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. There he again made a strong speech, appealing to what he imagined on that occasion to be the character of the British Parliament and its people. He quoted Winston Churchill and his World War II speech about resisting the Nazis. “We will fight until the end” said Zelensky. “At sea, in the air. We will continue fighting for our land, whatever the cost.” —NY Post
Murray went on to remind his readers about the many times these same figures from Mount Rushmore (which CNN denounced as a memorial to ‘2 slave owners’) and other American icons have been denounced, have had their monuments defaced, destroyed, or quietly carted away.
Worse still — and more importantly — here in America, we have been rejecting many of the ideas and ideals that made these historical figures so significant in the first place.
That may be best exemplified by the New York Times spearheading support for the completely ahistorical retelling of history through the Marxist oppressor/oppressed lens of their race-focused 1619 Projet, or the Critical Race Theory that closely parallels that same paradigm whose policies have filtered into both business and government.
It’s all well and good for Zelensky to praise our heroes.
America needs to ask herself: is that a ‘misstep’ that should count as a strike against Zelensky? Or could Zelensky be seeing something praiseworthy through outside eyes that native-born Americans who take it for granted have been missing all along?
Maybe its time we get away from reading history through the filters spoon-fed to us by people with an ax to grind and go directly to some original sources.
MLK’s letter from Birmingham jail, for instance. Or stirring landmark speeches delivered by those who forged the country so many now take for granted.
Even the founding documents themselves — how many of them have gone unread and misunderstood?
Zelensky’s speech isn’t just a wake-up call for the dangers of authoritarian aggression against neighbor states, but it’s a wake-up call to the importance of our own place in history, too.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.