Republicans and others are ready to give Ukraine more resources than the Biden administration asked for recently. Why can’t they do it for Americans?
Give Ukraine whatever they ask for?
Watch the strong defense that Senator Ben Sasse gives for supplying whatever Ukraine asks for to defend themselves, to make themselves whole. He recently appeared with Joe Scarborough.
“If Putin moves forward with targeting civilian populations for months or years if the resistance could last that long,” Senator Sasse said. “Are we saying that at every point he can escalate to this, he can escalate to death camps, he can escalate to that. And we’ll constantly say, well, because Putin has nuclear weapons, at no point can we do more. We can do more. The Ukrainians have demonstrated a will to fight. This is a population of freedom fighters on display, their courage on display for the whole world to see. And if it shoots, if they’ll shoot it, we should ship it because they’re willing to fight. We don’t need to do the fighting, but we should be doing that constant resupply. It shouldn’t. The burden of proof should be on us about why we wouldn’t supply every single weapon that they request.”
The poor and middle-class would win the war on poverty if given the weapons they are asking for now. Imagine if we gave the same importance to human values as we did to war values. Imagine if our government dispensed the proper social weapons like family leave, subsidized child care, Medicare for All, student debt relief, pay-it-forward tuition, and more. These don’t destroy humans but build them up.
But we must accept a fact. Buying weapons for those brave fighters in Ukraine fulfills two missions. It funds our neoliberal Senators’ benefactors, the defense industrial complex, and slowing Russian fascism.
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