Ukrainians are fighting for their fledgling democracy and independence, but this fight is bigger than just one country. In a very real sense, they’re fighting for us and for everyone on the planet who loves democracy and hates autocracy. Contrary to the traitorous whining of the Putin-appeasing GOP, President Biden has been a rock throughout this crisis, assembling a coalition that’s brought the hammer down on Putin’s economy and left his long-term plans in cinders. And it was no small feat, considering how much Germany, for example, relies on Russian energy.
So we have strong leadership that’s had its mettle tested by years of Putin saber-rattling and Republican sniping, and that’s been inspiring. Moreover, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is rallying his people and inspiring the world to action through his almost cinematic displays of courage. No doubt you’ve felt a desire to pile on and do a little Putin-punishing of your own. I sure have. So Tuesday, I took that rage, filtered out some of the ragiest parts, and donated a little money to this Daily Kos-backed Ukrainian relief effort.
So we can all do something to support Ukraine. That’s inspiring in itself. And some people are using their imaginations.