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I stand with the People of Ukraine. I stand for freedom and Democracy.

It is hard to sit by and just watch on tv and read on the internet what is happening across the ocean, without feeling as if I personally, and we collectively, could be doing more as individuals, and as the most powerful military nation on earth.

The Ukranian President and his family have chosen to stand and fight against their opressors and would be assassins, when many other world leaders would be “leading” from a reinforced bunker. That is the essence of true leadership. To stand with your people, up front, and take on the same risk we ask others to take for us.

We trust that our leaders, all of the powerful and influential men and women across the planet, are making the right decisions, and that whatever they do will actually help those who are in harms way today, while also keeping their people safe.

But are we more concerned with self preservation than stopping the agression of a man who doesn’t care about the lives he takes? Do we fear the risk more than the possible outcome? An outcome that could mean the end of freedom for so many.

If countries are afraid to fully stand up to Russian agression now, what will happen when another country decides to join Putin’s war against humanity? I fear it may be too late for the people of Ukraine. It may be then be too late for all of us. Time will tell the story.

We can pray and hope this is not the start of an entire world at war yet again, or we can prepare now and declare ourselves ready to stand for humanity against those who would destroy others for personal gain.

In solidarity with the people of Ukraine, I will not post anything personal until this war is over. In solidarity, I will donate to the cause to support the people of Ukraine. May this be over soon, and may freedom prevail.

As you consider where you donate, think about those affected by war. I have chosen Save the Children Ukraine as my charity for this year.

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