RANT: Is the USA in moral decay and decline?

Vladimir Putin, Canadian ‘Assault’ Knives, Covid Vaccines Cover-up, and Mass Anti-Government Protests in Europe
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2022/09/chuck-baldwin/vladimir-putin-canadian-assault-knives-covid-vaccines-cover-up-and-mass-anti-government-protests-in-europe/

 — via my feedly newsfeed

Is Vladimir Putin A Christian?
By Chuck Baldwin

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Russia’s leader has been demonized more than any national leader since Adolf Hitler. Does he deserve it? Is he the monster the mainstream media paints him to be, or is he actually a devout Christian man trying to save his country from a corrupt, decadent West?

From Russian-Faith.com

Putin continuously makes it clear that he envisions Russia as a Christian country.

In 2014, Putin called for the restoration of Kremlin’s historic Chudov (“of the Miracle”) and Voznesensky (Ascension) monasteries both of which were destroyed by the Bolsheviks. He also wants another church destroyed by the Bolsheviks in the Kremlin to be rebuilt.

The Kremlin is both the political and historic center not just of Moscow but of Russia. By calling for the restoration of these Christian buildings Putin repudiated the Soviet legacy with its atheist ideology and its record of anti-Christianity and reaffirms Orthodoxy as the heart of Russian culture.

A key element of Putin’s worldview is not just his commitment to the Russian Orthodox Church as an institution, but also his admiration for three 19th and 20th century Russian Christian philosophers—Nikolai Berdyaev, Vladimir Solovyov and Ivan Ilyin, all of whom he often quotes in his speeches. Russia’s regional governors were even instructed to read the works of these philosophers during their 2014 winter holidays.

Studying the causes of Russia’s 20th century tragedy, Ilyin wrote:

“The Russian revolution is a reflection of the religious crisis we are living through now, an attempt to establish an anti-Christian public and state system thought up by Friedrich Nietzsche and economically and politically realized by Karl Marx. This anti-Christian virus was exported to Russia from the West…..

Losing our bond with God and the Christian tradition, mankind has become morally blind and gripped by materialism, irrationalism and nihilism.”

In Ilyin’s view, the way to overcome this global moral crisis is for people to return to “eternal moral values”, which he defined as “faith, love, freedom, conscience, family, motherland and nation” but above all “faith and love”.

“To make Russia great again the Russian people should believe in God. This faith will strengthen their minds and willpower. It will make them strong enough to overcome themselves.”

It’s difficult to really know the truth about Putin. I must confess that the more I hear the man speak, the more impressed I am with him. And, no, I haven’t forgotten that words are often cheap.

What I do know is the man who is now identified as America’s president is one of the most corrupt, duplicitous, tyrannical and evil world leaders to ever draw a breath. With a totally warped, wicked, warmongering idiot sitting in the Oval Office, it gives Americans very little room to criticize anyone else’s leader.

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An interesting perspective.  Perhaps there is a real element of truth in this! That the USA is descending into moral decay just like the Roman Empire and Russia is returning to the path up and out of the moral decay of Communism.

Certainly worth considering when you see the Hollywood, the East and West coast elite, and politicians & bureaucrats, how they live and the morals they espouse.

Sigh!  Sadly.

Let’s proceed to set our own house in order.

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PEACE: Don’t poke the bear!

https://www.unz.com/pbuchanan/first-priority-avoid-us-war-with-russia/

First Priority — Avoid US War With Russia
Pat Buchanan • April 22, 2022 • 900 Words • 29 Comments • Reply

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Asked if the U.S. should send troops to fight beside the Ukrainians, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Sunday the time may have come.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “will only stop when we stop him,” said Coons.

“We are in a very dangerous moment where it is important that … we in Congress and the administration come to a common position about when we are willing to go the next step and to send not just arms but troops to the aid in defense of Ukraine.”

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As U.S. forces fighting and killing Russians in Ukraine would ignite a U.S.-Russia war, which could escalate to nuclear war, we are not going to take that first step and risk the security and survival of our country, even if our staying out of this two-month war means the defeat of Ukraine.

Call it the Eisenhower position.

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I often agree with Pat Buchanan and this time is no exception.

I would point out that the USA overthrew the elected Government in the Ukraine when it was pro-Russia. 

I would also point out that the USA via “Voice of America” encouraged the Hungarian revolution and then (once again) “hung the poor dupes out to dry”.

The USA should just stop being the instigator and MYOB!

Oh BTW, Chris Coons should go put boots on the ground; not “our” young women and men.

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POLITICAL: FYI to Lindsey Graham — The Congress shall have Power To …grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal….

https://nypost.com/2022/03/04/lindsey-graham-says-it-would-be-a-great-service-if-a-kremlin-official-killed-vladimir-putin/?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news_alert&utm_content=20220304&lctg=6080ba40747925275a09dcd3&utm_term=NYP%20-%20News%20Alerts

NEWS 
Sen. Graham says it would be ‘a great service’ if a Kremlin official killed Putin
By Jesse O’Neill and Samuel Chamberlain
March 4, 2022 12:19am  Updated

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US Sen. Lindsey Graham called on Russians to assassinate President Vladimir Putin on Thursday night, as Ukraine pleaded with the West to fight the “nuclear terror.”

Graham (R-SC), 66, made the call to action on Twitter as he compared Putin to Roman dictator Julius Caesar and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

“Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military?” Graham wrote.

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Maybe if Senator Graham was more familiar with the US Constitution, then he’d know there was a Constitutional appropriate way for Congress to express its disapproval.

https://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/1/essays/50/marque-and-reprisal

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Marque and Reprisal

ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 11
The Congress shall have Power To …grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal….

At the time of the Founding, the sovereign of any nation could authorize holders of “letters of marque and reprisal” to engage in hostile actions against enemies of the state. The common understanding of “Reprisal” is a seizure of property (or sometimes persons) of a foreign state as redress for an injury committed by that state. Because the word “Marque” is the French equivalent of “Reprisal,” the constitutional term “Marque and Reprisal” is best understood as a single phrase.

The only serious debate over the meaning of the Marque and Reprisal Clause is not whether it extends to authorizing private parties (known as “privateers”) to engage in reprisals for private, commercial gain. Rather, it centers on whether the clause gives Congress authority over all forms of hostilities short of declared wars.

That debate mirrors the larger war powers debate over the Declare War Clause. Supporters of congressional power construe the Declare War Clause and the Marque and Reprisal Clause jointly to cover all forms of armed conflict, from covert action to a full and open armed conflict. Under this reading, the President lacks any power whatsoever to initiate hostilities (except perhaps defensively to repel invasions), no matter their scope. They contend that the Declare War Clause requires Congress to authorize wars, whereas the Marque and Reprisal Clause requires Congress to authorize lower level hostilities, whether by public forces or by privateers.

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