As a follow up to the post about ideology in the Fed, I was going to write about the problem of ideology in the Supreme Court. But war seems a little more important. It hasn’t been that long ago that Russia invaded and annexed Crimea from Ukraine, 2014 to be exact. By now everyone has pretty much forgotten about that. Now as a follow up, Russia is likely going to invade the rest of Ukraine. Except for sanctions and supplying Ukraine with arms, the world will probably let them get away with it.
The question is, how long will Ukraine satisfy right wing extremist Russia’s desire to expand? After all, the extremist dictator’s playbook was written by Adolf Hitler. In the 1930’s Britain instituted a policy of appeasement to try to avoid another war following World War I. This allowed Hitler to expend German territory, first the Rhineland in 1936, then Austria in 1938 followed by the German speaking part of Czechoslovakia, and then the rest of Czechoslovakia in 1939. Later that year he invaded Poland. At that point Britain declared war but even so, in 1940 Germany invaded France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The lesson to be learned is that once extremist governments with a lust for power start, they will not stop. This goes for both the right and the left. Just look at left wing extremist China. First it was Hong Kong and next it will be Taiwan. Rules, treaties, and the law mean nothing. And the longer you wait to stop them, the harder it will be. This is a lesson that we learned in World War II and should never forget. Unfortunately, this same lesson applies not just overseas but here in our own country.
There is a small minority of politicians and followers who want to claim power in the U.S., no matter how they do it. Think January 6, 2021. Remember that there is a war going on here between the far right and the far left. Unfortunately, these groups now yield more power in our country than they should because of our corrupt political system. Meanwhile, the moderate majority who make up almost half of Americans are stuck in the middle with little say in how our country is being run. Those on the far right and far left don’t seem to even know that we exist.
Moderates don’t agree with either side and feel helpless when it comes to changing what is going on. And we, along with everyone else, will pay the price if one side or the other decides to take over permanently. The question is, do you want to have some authoritarian government telling you what to do based on their ideological beliefs? It’s too late for the people in Russia and China but it’s not too late for us.
The United States has been a moderate, centrist country for over 240 years. Our Founding Fathers were moderates and democracy is a moderate form of government. And we have problems in our country that need to be fixed, quickly. However, our two major political parties seem more interested in waring with each other than in fixing our problems.
I have a question. What will it take to get moderate conservatives, moderate liberals, the middle class, and millennials to stand up for what we want via the formation of a political party to represent our interests? They call us Independents but we can be independent no more. Remember that after 2024 it may be too late, so don’t think too long.