My social media networks have figured out that I like nostalgic photos of the 80’s and 90’s. Those days–in my mind at least–were much simpler times. I’m reminded of that Chicago Tribune column by Mary Schmich:
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
There is no doubt we’ve lived through troubled times. And our list of problems continue to pile up. Inflation, shortages, and war in Europe. Our problems are made worse by a media whose job it is to make every problem your problem.
For the past month, I’ve followed the developments in Ukraine with special interest. I do so because worry about the potential for it to spiral out of control.
My beliefs are this: we may be about to enter a period that future generations will look back and say, “I’m glad I wasn’t alive then.” But we must be prepared to face the future without shrinking from our duty to defend our values, our way of life, and at the expense of sounding corny: Western Civilization itself.
This much to me is clear: Putin is determined to build a new Soviet Union. And he will do so unless he is stopped by force or by his own people. Let’s hope for the latter, but be clear-eyed that it may require the former.