Reflecting on the principles of our Constitution, its preamble, and of the 2nd Amendment which emphasize the crucial role of a well-regulated militia and armed citizenry in safeguarding a free state, we find a compelling parallel in Ukraine's current plight. The 2nd Amendment enshrines the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, a safeguard against oppression and hostile foreign powers as a means to protect liberty. Similarly, the people of Ukraine are exercising their sovereign, God-given right to defend their nation and in particular, their children against the aggression of a foreign, autocratic power that threatens their children and freedom.
Supplying American arms to Ukraine is a gesture that resonates with the core values of the 2nd Amendment. It is about upholding the liberty of a nation under siege, an unyielding stand against indiscriminate aggression. This support reflects our commitment to the fundamental tenets of democracy and sovereignty. In essence, by aiding Ukraine, we are not just supporting a foreign ally; we are reaffirming our dedication to the principles of providing for the common defense, promoting the general welfare, and securing the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
Art by Ukrainian Artist and Vaclav Havel Laureate Mariia Loniuk
"Ще не вмерли України ні слава ні воля"
"Neither the glory nor the will of Ukraine has yet died"
Critics within our borders such as Anna Luna, Matt Gaetz, and Marjorie Taylor-Green and now, Speaker Michael Johnson, all who echo Kremlin narratives to undermine our efforts to support Ukraine, are deliberately, under the cover of the speech and debate clause, aligning with a hostile foreign agenda that contradicts our nation's values.
It is imperative to recognize that in advocating and "walking the talk" in Ukraine's right to self-defense, we are upholding the very principles of freedom and resistance against tyranny that are the bedrock of our own nation. We stand with Ukraine not just in solidarity, but in a shared commitment to the ideals of liberty and democratic resilience.
John Liccione at Ukraine House, Washington DC, March 1, 2022