J.D. Vance Pretty Sure You Can’t Care About Both Ukraine, Your Own Mother At Same Time

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J.D. Vance Pretty Sure You Can’t Care About Both Ukraine, Your Own Mother At Same Time

GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance has been all over the place regarding his response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Last week, he literally didn’t "care one way or another.” Then he started fawning over Donald Trump’s imaginary “strength and diplomatic engagement that kept Putin in check” while blasting President Joe Biden’s “lack of leadership,” because politics no longer ends at the water’s edge.

Vance took a defiantly callous tone again during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He said:

I’ve got a lock of flak in the last week because I had the audacity to suggest that before our leaders obsess over a Ukrainian/Russian border 6,000 miles away, maybe they better guarantee the sovereignty of their own country and their own border first.

Anyone with a short-term memory and access to Google knows damn well that what Vance actually said was "I think it’s ridiculous that we are focused on this border in Ukraine. I got to be honest with you, I don’t really care what happens to Ukraine one way or the other."

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What’s happening in Ukraine isn’t a mere border dispute. It’s about Ukraine’s right to exist. Vladimir Putin made the stakes very clear with his increasingly deranged remarks last week. Short-sighted “America First” isolationism claims we can’t be bothered with an international crisis unless everything’s perfect in America. World War II is just one of many examples of why it’s a bad idea for America to look the other way when a madman runs rampant in Europe.

There is a humanitarian crisis at the US border, but America’s sovereignty isn’t at stake unless you’re a white nationalist freak show like Tucker Carlson who’s apparently afraid migrants will fuck the white out of America. Russians aren’t crossing Ukraine’s border to pick tomatoes and maintain low labor costs for big-name companies. These are troops with guns who are trying to seize the capital.

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Vance continued grossly:

We have a leadership in this country that is constantly focused on stuff that has nothing to do with citizens in our country. It has nothing to do with serving middle-class citizens of my state of Ohio.

America is a global superpower that has a moral obligation to its allies. Russia conquering Ukraine would also imperil our NATO allies Poland, Hungary, and Romania, among others. This is actually more serious than all the CPAC whining about critical race theory.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s just time to stop. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of being told that we have to care more about people 6,000 miles away than we do people like my mom and my grandparents ...

People who care about human suffering thousands of miles away can also care about their loved ones. It’s not the zero sum game Vance seemingly wants to play. And while Vance will never admit this, Biden’s Build Back Better bill would’ve addressed issues impacting people like his mother. Instead, Republicans, with Joe Manchin’s help, pretend as if Build Back Better would only ban cars and make everyone transgender.

Vance is a small, petty man, who especially pales next to a true leader such as Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He wants Americans to believe we have a limited supply of compassion and it’s foolish to freely share it with others “6,000 miles away.” That’s the solipsistic worldview of a sociopath and it’s worthy only of our contempt.

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Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. Once, he wrote a novel called “Mahogany Slade,” which you should read or at least buy. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."


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