News & Updates  ·  January 5, 2024

The Philadelphia Inquirer: See the war through

The Philadelphia Inquirer published this Letter To The Editor from Andrew Passyn, a Republican for Ukraine:

I have been a registered Republican since 1982. My three brothers and I served in the military, including combat tours in the Middle East. I understand the importance of supporting democracy and fighting tyranny, which is exactly why I am so frustrated with the GOP’s inaction on the issue of Ukraine. This fight is not just about Ukraine, it is about the core ideas of America and freedom. Geopolitically, it is the best investment we’ve made. With just 5% of our annual defense budget and no American troops, we’ve helped to destroy over half of Russia’s forces.

The Republican Party that I joined as a young soldier was the party of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. It was a party that believed America was the shining city on the hill. Unfortunately, there are factions now in the Republican Party that don’t know American history. I would ask them to reread America’s history during the Cold War. I would ask them to realize that not just in Eastern Europe, but beyond, people look to America to take the lead. A retreat from the world will only lead to American deaths in the future. I urge Republicans to support Ukraine.

Andrew Passyn