Listening to last night’s McLaughlin Group I thought I had just stepped off the spaceship into some sort of bizarro universe. I half expected the bizarro Superman to walk in saying “goodbye,” wreck the place, and then leave saying “hello.” Pat Buchanan, Lawrence O’Donnell, Tony Blankley, and Eleanor Clift all agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was a great Russian patriot whose authoritarian reforms were needed. I wonder if there was a similar group of dupes back in 1933 who thought Adolf Hitler was a great German patriot initiating hard and necessary reforms. Of course there were, they worked in FDR’s administration, or were truly misguided dolts like Henry Ford.

Vladimir Putin has been putting Russia on the road to total despotism since he became President. He’s spent his time, not fighting terrorism, as he now portrays himself to the rest of the world, but assaulting free enterprise and the free press in order to solidify his own cult of personality. He’s been installing his old KGB colleagues in posts all over the government and has just recently, in a supposed response to terrorism, suspended all the regional governor elections.

If the Russian people really care about terrorism, or about their own freedom, they need to unseat Putin immediately, by another revolution if need be or else their freedom, new found and imperfect as it is and was, will disappear as quickly as it arrived.


Recommended reading:

The “Crony” in Russian “Capitalism” is Socialism by Richard Salsman, CFA
The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 did not usher in capitalism. It merely replaced communism with socialism.

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