Let me see if I’ve got this straight… for many years, our elite have told us about the noble task of spreading “democracy” around the world (a terrible form of government that our Founders strongly rejected, but… I’ll leave that for another time).
Russian state media said Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break with Ukraine and join Russia on Sunday, as Kiev accused Moscow of pouring forces into the peninsula and warned separatist leaders “the ground will burn under their feet”.
With over half the votes counted, 95.5 percent had chosen the option of annexation by Moscow, the head of the referendum commission, Mikhail Malyshev, said two hours after polls closed. Turnout was 83 percent, he added – a high figure given that many who opposed the move had said they would boycott the vote.
Western powers and leaders in Kiev denounced it as a sham.
How soon we’ve forgotten these words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Look, I’ll be the first to admit: Russia ain’t no Founding-Era America, but… do the people of Crimea not have the right to decide what government shall be in place? The right to… choose?
I guess it’s the same as here in the contemporary United States. We only have the right to choose that which our elites say we have the right to choose. Other than that, it’s “Shut up, sit down in the back of the bus, and leave the driving (and your wealth) to us!” After all, as the First Lady said recently: “We nag you because we love you.”