The Left despises the outspoken, Republican freshman Congressman Madison Cawthorn (NC).
They tried to get rid of him through redistricting, but that didn’t work out for the Democrats who clearly fear the young Trump-supporting lawmaker.
A highly-criticized redrawn 2022 congressional map effectively forced Rep. Cawthorn to leave the Democrat-heavy district and run for re-election to Congress in 2022, the more Republican-friendly 13th District of North Carolina.
On Thursday evening, Rep. Cawthorn attended a fundraiser where he dared to criticize Ukraine President Zelensky and the corrupt Ukrainian government. “Zelensky is a thug,” Cawthorn told the crowd, adding, “Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”
“Zelenskyy is a thug. Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies.”
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) March 10, 2022
Rep.Cawthorn was immediately attacked by the Left, who has suddenly developed a love affair with Ukraine. Curiously, until NATO joined forces against Putin, Ukraine was a top target of the leftist media.
TFI Global News reports on the Left’s complete reversal on Ukraine – Under the previous administrations, and till the end of the Trump Presidency, the Ukrainian state was managed very delicately. All the bigotry was reported, including the rise of Nazism, discrimination, crime against minorities, among others.
However, since the arrival of Joe Biden and following his constant warmongering, it seems the mainstream media has undergone some restructuring. Joe Biden’s ‘Hunter Biden’ reason for pro-Ukraine stance, coupled with his Biden administration and deep state’s attempt to shift world focus away from China and to Russia, has played a big part.
Typical headlines from liberal publications who frequently pounded Zelensky as a “corrupt authoritarian” and Ukraine as “The most corrupt nation in Europe,” including the most far-left leaning publication in Europe, “The Guardian,” can be seen in the collage of newspaper titles below:
But, now things have changed entirely. Ukraine under Zelensky has now become an ideal state, and Zelensky is the ideal man to be emulated throughout the west. So the question is, what changed? What happened in the short while that the US became obsessed with Ukraine and escalating tensions with Russia? And as soon as we understand these variables, it will all make sense why the mainstream media is acting the way it is.
Since Joe Biden took office last year, we have been consistently reporting on how he is trying to create a cold war-like situation with Russia for maintaining its sway over the European continent, NATO from falling out among other things. Last year, back in February, not even a month after taking office, the Biden administration deployed long-range B-1 bombers in Norway.
It was followed by assistance packages to Ukraine and small yet coordinated steps to increase the temperatures in Eastern Europe. Year-long, on the one hand, while Joe Biden provided assistance to Ukraine, on the other hand, he kept promising President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, about total support in case of any untoward escalations.
Joe Biden has made no secret of his deep love for NATO and mindless anti-Russia activism. Biden’s aims from the very first day have been those of making NATO stronger than ever before and ensuring that Russia kneels before the formidable ‘Western’ alliance. This cold war rhetoric and subsequent promises encouraged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to take multiple anti-Moscow steps and also crackdown on pro-Russia sentiments in the country.
Still, the comments made by fellow Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn didn’t sit well with the warmonger Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC). Together, with his now-deceased best friend John McCain, Graham rarely saw a foreign war they didn’t want to send our troops in to fight. When asked about Cawthorn’s comments, the outspoken lifetime politician took a swipe at the freshman representative, accusing him of being a lone wolf regarding his beliefs on Zelensky and the corruption in Ukraine.
“Ask Republicans, who do you like better—Zelensky or Putin? Do a poll!” Graham said as he repeatedly turned around to get confirmation from his fellow Republicans.
Was Congressman Cawthorn incorrect when he told the crowd that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt? Not according to The Borgen Project, who recently laid out the corruption in Ukraine before and after Zelensky became president of the corrupt nation:
10 Facts About Corruption in Ukraine
- Corruption: According to Transparency International (TI), as of 2018, Ukraine ranked 120 out of 182countries in TI’s Corruptions Perception Index, making it the second most corrupt country in all of Europe. A survey from Freedom House also indicated that the level of corruption in Ukraine had only slightly alleviated since the fall of the particularly corrupt Yanukovych presidency in 2014.
- Tax Reforms: Tax reform continues to be a major barrier in the fight against corruption in Ukraine. Outrageous tax schemes and gross misuse of funds led to a 35 percent VAT compliance gap in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, compared to the 6 percent gap recorded in 2011. In 2014, new authority investigations found that $37 billion of the country’s overall budget disappeared due to fraudulent tax schemes. Experts speculate that during Yanukovych’s presidency, a total of $9 billion went unaccounted for and at least $2 billion of that went into the pockets of Yanukovych’s family coffers.
- Banking: Another major contribution to the corruption in Ukraine lies within its banking sector. The severity of corruption within Ukrainian banks became especially apparent during the 2014 banking crisis. Most banks involved themselves in the money-laundering Ponzi schemes. The banking systems were so corrupt that out of 182 of the nation’s banks, 98 of them have been or are in the process of being completely liquidated. Strict anti-money-laundering laws and tighter control over cash flow have helped alleviate some of this corruption. In addition, banks that survived the crisis are now liable for any losses their clients suffer due to fraudulent banking practices.
- Government Accountability: Quintagroup aimed to reach a higher level of government accountability by creating a transparent electronic procurement system for officials to use. The system, ProZorro, allows users to view all procurements, government contracts, and funds from electronic platforms, ensuring the transparency of public funding and procurement procedures. The Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Economy are among some of the government entities currently in the system. Since its 2014 launch, the system has saved Ukraine $1.1 billion in costs to the state annually.
- Gas and Natural Resources: Ukraine’s elite took advantage of the discrepancy between subsidized and market gas prices, skimming billions of dollars from state funding. One major gas company, Naftogaz, is largely responsible for creating a domestic reliance on Russian-imported gas by penalizing domestic gas production and discouraging efficient energy methods. To combat this type of corruption in Ukraine, the IMF (International Monetary Fund) stepped in and insisted that the country equalize household and commercial gas tariffs and sought to improve transparency in the gas markets. With the reforms implemented by new officials, Naftogaz became a profitable contributor to the state budget and in 2018 accounted for 19.3 percent of state revenue. That revenue allowed UVG (a gas production subsidiary of Naftogaz) to boost domestic production by 4.2 percent in 2017.
- De-Monopolization: During Yanukovych’s presidency, the oligarch’s established formal and informal monopolies, both locally and nationwide. These monopolies formed under informal business agreements that provided corrupt officials total control over a sector of their choosing. In 2015, the State Anti-Monopoly carried out an examination of the condition of Ukraine’s various markets. The results indicated that only 42.7 percent of all markets were still competitive and 9.8 percent of them were still completely monopolized by corrupt government officials.
- Justice Systems: Distrust in the justice system in Ukraine is widespread. In fact, Ukraine ranked 101 out of 109 countries in the 2017 Index of Public Integrity. Opinion polls taken in 2016 recorded that only 3 to 5 percent of the population had any trust in the country’s justice system. In the same year, Ukraine took its first steps towards judicial improvement with the establishment of a new Supreme Court. This did little to gain public trust, however, as recruitment of new judicial officials was only halfway transparent. The Public Integrity Council of Ukraine found that 25 out of the 113 new judges were unfit.
- Higher Education: Surprisingly, another major facet of corruption in Ukraine lies within the country’s institutions of higher education. Bribery demands from professors, deans, and department boards have increased in recent years and show no sign of slowing down. According to a student/teacher violation monitoring website, students attending these institutions reported more than 400 violations, 41 percent of them being related to bribery. To combat this widespread corruption, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a law in 2012 that required institutions to post all financial documents online. Despite this effort, only a very small portion of universities actually complied with the new requirement.
- Deregulation: Since the Maiden Revolution of 2014, Ukraine has abolished several corrupted agencies and costly, dated regulations through deregulation. Among the various government agencies that Ukraine abolished for high levels of corruption were the Price Inspectorate, Traffic Police Inspectorate, and the Real Estate Registration Agency. Between 2014 and 2015, the country also got rid of price regulations while it reassessed and updated others accordingly.
- Law Enforcement: Reform in Ukraine’s law enforcement sector is slow-moving and still largely operates under communist influence. But, in 2014, an organization known as the patrol police emerged. The patrol service has developed a positive reputation for recruiting and training officials according to a much higher standard than officers working under the country’s primary police force. In the years since its creation, the patrol service has enlisted 13,000 officers in 33 different cities nationwide. The organization accounts for only a small portion of the country’s law enforcement, but its continuing growth increased backing from international partners, and civil society organizations have proven it to be an entity dedicated to ending corruption in Ukraine.
I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with Rep. Cawthorn; I’m simply sharing the facts about Ukraine and about the liberal’s hatred for Ukraine that has suddenly dissipated as NATO joins forces against Putin, who many claim is merely fighting back against NATO’s one-world-order.
Is it no longer acceptable for lawmakers in the DC Swamp to question popular opinion or beliefs?
Did someone appoint Lindsey Graham, the go-along-to-get-along Senator, to be the ultimate arbiter of truth?
Let’s hope not…