Posted: 12/24/16 00:20
by Dave Mindeman
Vladimir Putin, in a letter sent to the President-Elect, has given American Democrats some advice...
"They are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity," Putin said. "You have to know how to lose with dignity."
OK, let's think about this. A former KGB agent who is now essentially the dictator of Russia is explaining to American Democrats that they need to lose more graciously.
He also had some kind words for the electoral winner....
"I hope that after you assume the position of President of the United States of America we will be able - by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner - to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level."
This is a bit creepy.
There is strong evidence that Putin directed Russian cyber hackers to help Donald Trump in the US election. A Russian leader helping a US politician.
There are so many levels to this, it is hard to outline them all. Russia is an international rival. They have a weak economy and are essentially an international gas station - subject to the ebb and flow of oil prices. Putin has routinely jailed his political opponents. Killed more than a few. He controls the Russian press and openly states that he wishes to destabilize the West. He has overrun the Crimea and threatens the rest of Ukraine with military action. He is seeking bonds with European right wing parties in order to assemble kindred spirits in the power structure of the European Union.
The country's economy is controlled by the wealthy oligarchs which are allowed to maintain that control as long as Putin gets a piece of the action. A government model that seems to be Trump's future vision for America.
In a normal world, this type of Trump/Putin alliance would raise major suspicions. Outcries would come from Democrats, but it would normally be Republicans that would raise the most noise about Russian interference in our elections and in our foreign policy.
But the GOP is uniformly silent. They see Trump as their ticket to power across the board and seem to be willing to accept this new found Russian attraction as something they can tolerate to keep Mr. Trump happy and maintain his willingness to go along with a GOP agenda.
It is a bargain with the devil. It is a slippery slope into a Constitutional crisis. It threatens the world's political and economic stability.
I don't see any conscience in the Republican Party. I don't see any stand for Conservative principles. I don't see any leadership willing to call out the troubling issues that have developed. The GOP has capitulated and has ceased to be a party of American interests. It takes its cues from Donald Trump alone.
How long will it be before we have reached the point of no return?