By Rebecca Rigsby @RebeccaaaLeanne
Last week, Russian leader Vladimir Putin wrote an Op-Ed on the Syria conflict for The New York Times. The article sparked some anger, but it also sparked a bit of confusion. A lot of what Putin had to say actually made sense. His ideas on how to handle the situation were basically correct. He called for more diplomatic resolutions, and less talk of war.
I have absolutely no desire to go to war in Syria, but why is it taking a dictatorial leader like Putin to get that across? I believe, for the most part, that the American people were in agreement about not going to war, but the government (especially the Obama administration) seems dead set on doing it anyway. Are we that distant from the government that they can’t hear anything we say? Or is it that they hear, but choose to ignore completely it?
One thing that Putin got wrong in his article, was where he stated,
“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”
God did create us equal, but America, since her founding, has been exceptional. Not meaning “perfect” because we aren’t. Also, not meaning that we deserve more than a Russian, Israeli, Syrian, etc., but because of America’s morals, values, and freedoms. That is what makes her special above all others.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky wrote an Op-Ed in response to President Putin in which he said,
“I begin with Mr. Putin’s disagreement regarding the exceptionalism of the United States of America. I could not more strongly disagree with him. While he is correct that God created every human being as an equal in His eyes, clearly the results of each of our efforts on this earth, individually and collectively, are not equal.
America’s exceptionalism is rooted in our founding documents and values. From the rights granted by our creator, but guaranteed by our Constitution. We should not shy away from saying so, especially when our actions are in keeping with this exceptional founding, as they were this week in our debate over going to war in Syria. Our constitutional checks and balances were on full display, largely resulting in the at least temporary halting of a rush to war.”
Sen. Paul went on to show Putin’s hypocrisy in pointing out America’s failures while ignoring Russia’s.
Nothing has been said by President Obama regarding Putin’s piece. The reason for his silence could be many things but I think it’s mainly because he is afraid of scrutiny, and I honestly believe he’s afraid to stand up for anything controversial. Mr. Obama has proved himself to be a “go with what’s cool” kind of President. Not taking a stance on important issues like Putin’s Op-Ed, but instead focusing for the most part on things that go against America’s traditional values.
While it’s discouraging that our President and the administration continue to beat around the bush (and blame Bush), Senators like Rand Paul “take it to task” and speak their minds.
It’s time to stand up America- Say what you believe!
Is everyone going to love you for taking a stand? No. Everyone doesn’t like that I believe in Jesus, the Bible, that I’m a Conservative, the fact that I believe in the sanctity of traditional marriage, or even that I believe that what everyone else is calling a “fetus”, is in fact a human being.You’ll probably even be scorned on behalf of some of those beliefs but you know what? It’s an honor to stand up for them.
The goal of standing up shouldn’t be to cause trouble, and that isn’t ever my goal, but we have to stand out, for America’s sake. Ronald Reagan, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Nathan Hale, Paul Revere, and I could go on and on, stood up for what they believed in, regardless of the consequences. Some even risked their lives for the freedoms that we take for granted.
America, now is the time to stand up.