Attribution to Gage Skidmore from Surprise, Arizona

Neville Chamberlain is known as the man who backed down to Hitler. In 1938, during a conference in Munich, Chamberlain negotiated the annexation of Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia to Germany. When Chamberlain came London he announced ‘peace in our time’. We all know how that turned out.

Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, is toying with the American public about a 2024 Presidential run. In some respects, playing to the Trumpkin base, he is trying to outTrump Trump. Trump loves Putin and, as such, his Trumpkin base loves Putin. Almost nightly, his Trumpkin base hears Tucker Carlson tear Ukraine down. Putin owned Russian media uses a number of Tucker’s quotes for Russian consumption. Carlson has a questionnaire floating around. DeSantis responded to one of the question as follows,

 “while the US has many vital national interests … becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.”

A territorial dispute? Is that what the Russian invasion of Ukraine is?. Now this has appeal to the Trumpkin base, which DeSantis is trying to attract. It plays well with Fox Entertainment. It plays well with the radical right in the House, such as Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Many in the Republican Party have done a complete 180 from the days of then beloved leader Ronald Reagan. It was Reagan back in 1987 who said.

Mr. Gorbachov, tear down this wall”

Fortunately, for Democracy, there has been blowback in DeSantis’ own party, Fortunately Reagan’s ghost is still present. The following quotes are just a small sample of blowback comments made by high profile Republicans. John Cornyn, Senator from Texas,

“I mean, Gov. DeSantis is a veteran. He’s a smart guy. I think he’s a been a very good governor and I don’t understand him saying that Ukraine isn’t important to the United States.”

Marco Rubio stated the following.

“It’s not a territorial dispute in the sense that any more than it would be a territorial dispute if the United States decided that it wanted to invade Canada or take over the Bahamas.”

Reassuring statements to hear. The Democrats are all united in the support of Ukraine. There is a growing split in the GOP. It will be entertaining to see how this plays out in the 2024 Presidential primaries. At the same time, let us pray that there still is a Ukraine.

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