On Thursday, March 8, President Biden delivered the 2024 State of the Union address. Drawing parallels to the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President Biden accurately stated American democracy is under attack “both at home and overseas at the very same time.”

In describing this threat President Biden cited Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Moscow’s aggression towards our allies, and the rhetoric and activity of the organizers and co-conspirators of the January 6th insurrection as the greatest challenges towards our democracy.

President Biden’s message is clear: The political actors that look to undermine our government and the Constitution also seek to compromise our allies abroad and sabotage Ukraine’s fight for freedom. As described in my earlier substack, this convergence of fringe American political interests and Russian strategic goals has already led to the delay of crucial American security aid to Ukraine – critical aid that, for example, would have allowed the Ukrainian military to hold the important fortress town of Avdiivka.

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In 2016 the nascent ideological alliance between MAGA Republicans, far-right European figures, and the Russian government was described as the “Alt-Right Internationale.” Today this political union continues to wreak havoc on our political system, whether through the continued misinfo and disinfo campaigns organized by Moscow directed at the American public or the willingness of congressional Republicans to appease an ousted president. In eight months we will have the opportunity to reject the MAGA message again.

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After months of partisan infighting, the United States House of Representatives finally approved the major package in a vote Saturday, giving a morale boost to Ukrainian forces.

A major focus in Biden’s address was the meaningful economic growth brought about by his administration’s policies. The increase of America’s manufacturing capabilities, the innovation and development spurred by the CHIPS Act, and the push for vocational training and increased access to education were all the result of initiatives from the Biden administration over the past three years. The forgiveness of student loan debt for nearly 4 million Americans and continued push for affordable, accessible healthcare to all Americans should be seen as the Biden administration’s willingness to deliver a progressive agenda despite intense opposition from members of congress.

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Additionally, President Biden reminded the audience that congressional Republicans are voting against bills that they helped write - a reminder that the modern GOP is only interested in kowtowing to Trump and can only operate in bad faith. With this playbook, they have invited our adversaries to attack our allies abroad and nearly destroyed our alliances that took decades to forge.

In reflecting on the challenges, we are facing at home and abroad, we should remember what happened over the past four years when Americans stood up for what was right. We should remember that Trump’s attempt to steal the 2020 election failed and that the insurrection failed. When asked to put what’s right for the United States and Constitution above our political interests, Americans have rejected Trump and the MAGA agenda time and time again. The President described our current political climate as “an unprecedented moment in the history of our Union,” and he reminded us all that, “History is watching.”

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John
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@LM, I'm glad you are on the "same planet" as Mr. Vindman. 

As a known earthling, the insightful author was never a concern.



Your malfeasant lineage however remained a mystery. Its' great to know now, that you are only another MRGA troll.



I worry the free world may not yet be advanced enough to handle a new 'off planet' troll siding with putin's MRGA hate sowing minions.

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LM
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I read Vindman and I think to myself are we on the same planet. This insurrection stuff is a narrative. Not one person charged with insurrection. Trump wasn't charged with insurrection. About 20 assaults. About to be expected with that large of crowd. Mostly misdemeanor charges that they are pressing into violations of speedy trial. Not one gun charge. This was a protest. Did it get spun up? Yes. But really who were the agitators?
Mr. Vindman. You will be forgotten in time. A little man of small consequence and even less character.

John
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@LM, I'm glad you are on the "same planet" as Mr. Vindman.

As a known earthling, the insightful author was never a concern.

Your malfeasant lineage however remained a mystery. Its' great to know now, that you are only another MRGA troll.

I worry the free world may not yet be advanced enough to handle a new 'off planet' troll siding with putin's MRGA hate sowing minions.

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Stop Putin
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I will take democracy over socialism any day. Elect trump president of Russia.
Bad manners and hate speech is childish and a lazy way of communicating.

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John
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@troll version of Jack Griffin is a childish jerk....



Well that's certainly a new strategy troll "Jack". Are MRGA folks changing up their duplicity a bit with self-flagellation: in this case making new user accounts to bash their old accounts to make it look like their new account might be Ukraine supportive.

However you forgot to leave a Ukraine supportive comment so your intent remains MRGA suspect. 



Getting back to the articles' author: Thank you Mr. Vindman for having the courage to take a public, principled stand in supporting democracy!

I agree with your sentiment that all democracies are presently under attack by putin's MRGA minions. 



I sure hope the USA can eradicate its own MRGA putinrump infection.

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John
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@troll Jack Griffin, Great article eh?

I loved how duly elected President Biden rightfully received many standing ovations during his State of the Union speech.

Sucky MRGA lackey Mike Johnson could only sit behind the President with his pouty puttie face. Mikey and the rest of the MRGA cult are still smarting that putinrumps treasonist insurrection against the USA's duly elected government did not work.

By the way here's the USA's current policy on treason (source wikipedia). "Penalty: Under U.S. Code Title 18, the penalty is death,[4] or not less than five years' imprisonment (with a minimum fine of $10,000, if not sentenced to death). Any person convicted of treason against the United States also forfeits the right to hold public office in the United States.[5]”.

Sadly the MGRA party had stacked the Supreme Court so that treason only now applies to those supporting fair elections and peaceful transitions of government. MRGAs like Putinrump favour dictatorship. I also see election denying MRGA plants were just anointed in the RNC. I suspect Republican candidates not aligned with putin's goals will no longer get fair election campaign funding.

So enjoy your Democratic led government Americans while it lasts. Your putin aligned MRGA republican option clearly forbears the end of your democracy as its been historically known

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