Quote: Man has no more tormenting care than to find someone in whom he can hand over…freedom (Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1879)
in the news: Report: US is underestimating Putin’s “Grand Strategy” for Russian Dominance (Ursula Perano, Zachary Basu, Axios, 6.30.19)
In context: Birds of a feather flock together and America’s flighty President has a covey of friends whose status last no longer than a photo-op before he’s done with them. Trump’s penchant for dictators is alarming enough to freedom-loving Americans, but his naivete with regard to Russia’s Vladimir PutHis sounds a death knell for democracy worldwide if left unchecked.
Russia has big plans for dominating the world and it is no better at achieving its goals than America’s current president Donald Trump. A 1917 Russian revolution led through a violent path to a Russian take-over of neighbors and half of Europe. That Communist experiment flopped after 40 years but not before it laid waste to countless lives and the natural resources of others.
A massive failure like that of Soviet Communism may have daunted some but Russia recouped by regrouping into an oligarchy. The aim was the same under both systems, to plunder the wealth of others because Russia had none of its own.
Whether ignorant of history or simply not caring about anything beyond the current moment in the media spotlight, Trump and Putin confab tete-a-tete at international affairs with no no honor of US protocols. Russia’s version of events based on its protocols is suspect for good reason. A recent nuclear disaster was first ignored, then hashed with conflicting reports to the public. That is Russia’s way and Donald Trump is fine with the method, perhaps taking tips from Vladimir Putin on how to apply the principles to his own more open and scrupulously lawful society.
For sure there are huge gaps in applying the laws of the United States and Donald Trump is a master at dodging through them. Nevertheless, the laws have been passed and they serve as a basis for redress when breached. That’s a big difference between the US and the countries whose leaders Donald Trump considers trusted pals. America’s laws are based on a Constitution that heavily emphasises human rights. The Constitutions of Russia and China have no such guarantees and that’s the basis on which Vladimir Putin plans to dominate the world.
Trump seems to favor the Russian approach to treating his country’s people. Putin may his personal advisor. America’s police are trained to be humane. Trump tells them to be ruthless. The Trump crackdown on immigrants could be a page from the Russian playbook. Millions were slaughtered in the periods around the Revolution. Moscow Mitch who dominates the Senate may have been a Putin brainchild with an Oligarch thrown in to sweeten the deal with a factory in a relevant state.
The KGB-trained Putin may be considered a pal by Trump but Putin is certainly no friend of America if he is hell-bent on dominating the world. The test run in Eastern Europe after the Second World War may have failed but Putin is resourceful and hasn’t given up. After the Chernobyl disaster now comes the “Floating Chernobyl” off the coast of Alaska. Trump dismisses the importance of all these developments. It a signal to Putin that he has found America to be his next mark.
Putin is the big game hunter who has conned the American master con. He has succeeded beyond his wildest expectations when he installed Trump by methods Trump convincingly sells to his base as a hoax. To Putin, the Trump presidency might be likened to opening a set of Russian nesting dolls. Take off the big top one, the others fall out right in line.
A third of America makes up the smaller nesting dolls behind Trump. They are a formidable portion of the Putin plan for Russian domination of the world. In the freedom of America, they admire the Trump lawlessness and they find comfort in building walls to keep away outsiders. They may even tolerate cruelty, lies and the lack of method to his madness with tyrants, but every aherent, however ardent, has a breaking point.
Part of the American democratic process is to conduct polls assessing public opinion. As part of this survey, someone should skip a question about health care, race, favorability or electability.
The question to ask instead, is how the respondent would feel if prison were the consequence for backing a candidate other than the person currently in the White House.