MILLINOCKET, Maine, September 16, 2013 – It was with some consternation that Americans who are old enough to remember what real freedom is, beheld a “lecture” from former KGB spy and now Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Thanks a lot, New York Times.
Those of us who lived through the cold war could never have imagined that one day the Russian president would feel free to school the United States about armed conflict and “civilized diplomatic and political settlement.”
An admonishment accompanied his lecture: “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”
As he concluded his remarks Mr., Putin wrote, “There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.”
Well, Mr. Putin, we must remind you that while there are elements of American society that are democratic, the United States of America was established as a Constitutional Republic. What this means is that we expect our exceptional representatives to speak for our exceptional citizens and guide our country to be an exceptional nation.
If that sounds dangerous to you, Mr. Putin, then perhaps that is as it should be.
Furthermore, we have our Declaration of Independence to remind us that “all men are created equal.” We do not need you to remind us.
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