15 Days to Flatten the Invasion￼
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In my ongoing sociological study of War in the Social Media Age, I’m detecting a familiar theme.
Politicians, the news media, and washed-up celebrities are once again demanding that we Americans who are already suffering under the bungled government response to a pandemic must suffer some more in the name of stopping the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
First it was our patriotic duty to lose our jobs and our businesses, wear a mask in public, and take a vaccine whether we wanted to or not.
Now it is our patriotic duty to pay even more to heat our homes, fill our gas tanks, and feed our families.
This tweet from has-been Star Trek actor George Takei sums up the latest talking point perfectly:
While I agree that we should not be purchasing oil from Russia, the purpose of sanctions is to punish Russia, not to further punish the American people.
Joe Biden has already sanctioned US energy production which is why we were already paying far more for gas and home heating long before Russia invaded Ukraine.
But see, here’s the thing that bugs me about Takei’s tweet.
He assumes he can deploy the same “We’re in this together” “it’s our patriotic duty” rah-rah bullshit that they tried on us during the pandemic.
They told us it’s just for 15 days. Just give us 15 days to flatten the curve – 15 days to slow the spread. We’re all in this together!
It wasn’t 15 days.
And, as we quickly learned, we sure as hell weren’t all in it together.
The people who exploited our patriotism to crush our economy and destroy the working class once again want to exploit our patriotism to crush our economy and destroy the working class.
Maybe George Takei can afford to pay more at the pump and grocery store. But not everybody is a wealthy, albeit has-been, celebrity.
And the fact is, WE don’t need to pay more.
If Joe Biden lifted the sanctions he placed on the US Energy Sector, we could once again be the energy-independent nation and a net exporter of gas and oil that we were before Joe Biden meandered into the White House.
In short, we could block the import of Russian oil and gas without being punished.
Not only would it be a win/win; it would be patriotic.
But this administration is so obsessed with pursuing magical energy alternatives that don’t exist in the quantity necessary to power a first-world nation to even entertain the idea of lifting Biden’s sanctions on US energy.
So this is the talking point we get instead: It’s our patriotic duty to once again destroy our economy before we even recover from the last time they destroyed it.
Gas prices were already significantly higher before Russia invaded Ukraine. And in the last week, they skyrocketed.
Wednesday, as I took my car out to my mechanic, the gas station near my house had regular unleaded for $3.89 a gallon. Friday, when I drove my car home from the mechanic, that had jumped to $4.11 a gallon. Twenty-two cents in two days.
On Saturday, I paid $4.19 a gallon. And since I only had $20 in my wallet, I couldn’t even put in five friggin’ gallons.
It is our patriotic duty to lift restrictions on US energy production and put America first.
And by doing that, we can return to being a net exporter of energy and Europe will not have to rely on Russian oil and gas either.
So it isn’t just a win/win; it’s a win/win/win.
Last week, House Republicans introduced a bill to boost domestic oil and gas production, as well as reauthorize the Keystone Pipeline.
“Patriotism” isn’t the point.
The pain is the point.
The punishment is the point.
And to be lectured about “patriotism” from people who hate this country so much they’re willing to destroy it is a wee bit insulting.
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9 thoughts on “15 Days to Flatten the Invasion￼”
The net worth of that “twit-weasel” Takei is around $14 million. He could afford gas if it was $20/gallon.
The Russian war is doing for the Biden admin what the Wuhan flu did for the Biden Campaign. It distracts attention from how bad Biden’s campaign/administration is. It will also allow the government to expand control over more of our lives.
Guarantee that two weeks from now it will hit home,and you will see Takei tweeting: “Fifteen dollars for K-Y? Oh, my!”
Obviously being super logical is not the House Dem’s strong suit.
Here, we have the opportunity to pursue “American Energy Independence from Russia” during an unprovoked invasion by the Motherland of a neighboring sovereign country.
Oh you bet, I’ll vote against that
If I may be so bold, I would like to edit one of your paragraphs….
“But this administration is so obsessed with pursuing magical energy alternatives that don’t exist in the quantity necessary to power a first-world nation to even entertain the idea of lifting Biden’s sanctions on US energy.”
IMO, their fantasies wouldn’t even power a third world country.
That said, well done. Thanks.
It’s our ‘patriotic duty’ to gently escort this entire ‘administration’ to Gitmo.
Love the barely awake Biden as Uncle Sam.
Ukraine is providing them another crisis that they don’t want to let go to waste. So they hike U.S. energy prices in order to push green energy fantasies all under the guise of “patriotism.”
Jen Pscircle said the Biden administration wanted to punish Russia and help the U.S. The best way to do that would be to open up U.S. energy development (U.S. jobs!) and eliminate our import of Russian energy.
“While I agree that we should not be purchasing oil from Russia, the purpose of sanctions is to punish Russia, not to further punish the American people.”
I do not agree! Why should I be concerned with the amount of carbon dioxide produced by my activities when there’s no such limit in China and India: we all live under one atmosphere. Why should the POTUS, by executive order only, be able to restrict what stocks and bonds I may invest in. This is not the United States of America.
[You disagree? Does that mean you want to punish the American people? You clearly missed the point. Why are we purchasing oil from anyone when we have more than enough right beneath our feet? I’m not advocating for “green energy” alternatives. Are you new here?! – Dianny]
No Dianny, I am not new here; I’ve been reading your columns for quite a while now.
I agree that we should be developing (and using) our own products – we have more than enough; I’m trying to point out
1. that Russia has Europe by the shorts
2. it’s not as economical for us to send it there as it is for for the Russians to send it by pipeline
3. the POTUS should not be able to restrict my trades (on the market) by Executive Order
4. restricting stock market trades will punish neither the Russian state nor the Russian people
Sorry, Boron. Lupus is attacking my liver like Brian Stelter going after a box of donuts. It’s made me a bit of a raging bitch. – Dianny
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