Maybe liberals shouldn’t be listening to Kucinich (if they do at all)

Actually, maybe liberals should be asking if they should be reading Dan Kovalik, too.

He wrote recently in HuffPo:

While I certainly understand it is in the interest of the military-industrial complex, again as Kucinich explains, to continue to vilify Russia in order to justify our already-bloated military spending, I am a bit taken aback at how eager most liberals are to embrace and even stoke this demonization.

Given the poor historical knowledge of most Americans, a little refresher on past and current affairs is in order.

Denniskucinich1Here’s how I see this issue and Kucinich’s views as I understand them.

This looks like the True Scotsman logical fallacy on full display.

While it’s absolutely fair to point out all of the mistakes and terrible conscious decisions we’ve made as a people and a nation, our mistakes do not exonerate Putin for his, and nor should they.

Nor should anyone identified as a liberal suddenly be compelled to agree with Trump or Kucinich or Chomsky or anyone else just because we are liberals (Scotsman or otherwise 😉 ).

Is Russia part of the fear-mongering that leads to increased Defense spending? Yes, absolutely it is.

Then how does one square the circle with the fact that it’s Trump who has proposed a budget to increase Defense spending?

Here’s the other point I would make.

How does the world become a safer place by demanding we repeat the mistakes of forging “relationships” with despots like Putin just like we have done with every other despot in the past?

If Trump wanted to strengthen relationships with leaders like Trudeau or Peña Nieto or Abe and we liberals were opposing that for no other reason than it was Trump, Kucinich would have a case to make.

As it’s been presented, it’s a rational, political, geo-political, and logical fallacy to insist that we support Trump and his outreach to Putin.

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