The Home Run Derby at the Major League All-Star Game ended up with two young Dominicans, Julio Rodriguez and Juan Soto, blasting 400-footers in a battle for the trophy.
The greatest young stars in the NBA, Nikola Jokić, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Luka Dončić, headed for the Basketball League in their early 20s. Perhaps the best pitcher and greatest hitter in baseball is the same guy, Shohei Ohtani, of Japan. If you have talents, if you have ideas, if you have ambition to have a full life where you can reach your potential, you head for America –still.
On the other side of the world, yesterday’s tyrant, today’s Adolf Hitler, blasts his old missiles at Kyiv and Mariupol, a Black Sea port, thinking that his oil and natural gas will protect him from his Western enemies.
His counterpart in China, Xi Jinping, supposedly is considering invading Taiwan after dousing freedom in Hong Kong and locking down Shanghai because he lacks a COVID vaccine that works.
In Iran, the rulers from yesterday think having a nuclear weapon and imprisoning dissenters will make them powerful.
Those arrogant fools are all fighting yesterday’s wars.
In the world of 2022, the real battle is for talent not oil. While Russia and China’s population shrinks, Putin thinks his stature rises by decimating Ukrainian ports and killing civilians. So pathetically yesterday’s thinking. He also believes that by imprisoning basketball star Brittney Griner he elevates his power. All he does is look like a dictator from the age of czars.
Maybe I am in the minority, but I see the streams of people from around the world, from Cuba to Ukraine to Honduras to Kenya, crossing the Rio Grande, the new river of freedom and hope. I see in them the next generation of dreamers who crossed the oceans in steerage, took menial jobs, or traveled the country as peddlers. Today their grandchildren lead corporations, heal the sick, and run Silicon Valley.
Putin has dramatically illustrated the impotence of Russia, thinking that power today derives from oil and gas supplies, which are shrinking because Russia lacks the talent to extract more. Meanwhile, despite a temporary inconvenience, the world is reallocating the supply of fossil fuels.
If Ukraine can stymie Putin with modern American weapons and determination and stamina, Vladimir Putin’s 1940s thinking will spell the end of his regime.
Human talent continuously heads for the River of Hope by the millions, and the Sotos and Ramirezs and Ohtanis show the world their amazing abilities. At the same time, Brittney Griner languishes in a Russian jail, and Putin’s madness propels him to keep tossing missiles at civilians.
Question: Who do you think is winning the war of 2022?