Vladimir Putin postponed his chance to wish everyone in America a "Merry Christmas" and rub our noses in the fact that we continue to allow a "dictatorial" rule in the USA; but, a satirical "Putin" chose to wish the USA a "Happy New Year" by openly ridiculing Americans in an open letter published on Breitbart.com. Though it is not indicated as satire at Breitbart, it is satire. The points made are spot on. See if you don't agree.
The article, while long, takes several good jabs at not only our administration but our nation as a whole. The first few paragraphs speak to the loss of morality and freedom, with an example of our own government overriding the will of the people.
What do I mean? Aren't you Americans supposed to be free? Sure, you are free: You are free to obey the ukase—that's an old czarist word for a decree that must be obeyed, or else—of a judge acting on an ideological agenda. So the judge is free to do as he pleases, and then you are free to do what you're told to do. Americans, how do you like that kind of "freedom"?
For example, let's look at the way the debate over homosexual marriage has played out over the past few years in the USA. The American people were confronted with the issue of homosexual marriage, debated it, and then voted against it in the tens of millions; dozens of US states passed specific laws to ban homosexual marriage.
So then what happened? I'll tell you what happened: Unelected judges simply overrode the will of the people—and legalized such marriage in much of the country, including the largest state, California. In other words, the judges acted as dictators to overturn not only the laws of America, but also the law of God; these are spelled out clearly in both the Bible and in the Christian tradition.
So now we see the key difference between Russia and America: In Holy Mother Russia, the Bible and Christianity are celebrated in the public square. But not in America.
To sum up: America has a dictatorship that imposes anti-Biblical immorality. That's your idea of freedom—and you can have it. Here in Russia, we prefer real freedom: our right to choose the true path. Our right to choose virtue.
"Putin" then goes on to inform Americans that we amused him to laughter in our blindness to Obama's incompetence or in his words "ineptitude."
But of course, you Americans are genuinely free in one way: You have the perfect freedom to be bamboozled by your party-line media and so to elect and re-elect bumbling leaders. In my recent musings, I have taken note of America's staggering geopolitical incompetence, and mocked the messianic pretensions of your media-anointed President Obama. And I chuckle when I think about how long it took for Americans to notice his obvious ineptitude.
Bragging about his successes in 2013 while stating America has failed, he cites his intervention in the chemical-weapons negotiations concerning Syria, his stance against Sunni Islamic jihad, and his warning about the Tsarnaev brothers. "Putin" expresses some disdain for the administration's double standard of fighting Islamic jihad in Afghanistan while supporting jihadis in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. Singing his own praises, "Putin" compares the Christians in Russia backed Syria to the Christians in post-American Iraq; according to "Putin," Christians are safe and "part of the government coalition" in Syria whereas Christians in Iraq have been abandoned by America and are now being killed. Specifically, "Putin" cites the 37 Christians killed on Christmas Day in Iraq while Obama doesn't express any interest in their plight. Another of "Putin's" gleaming attributes, per his writing, is his hope for a joint anti-terror effort with America.
He indicates his displeasure with Iran becoming a nuclear power, his less than fondness of Netanyahu and his idea of a balance of power with all sides recognizing Russia's help is needed. "Putin" is fond of the millions of Israelis who left Russia in the 70s and 80s but considers them traitors who retain some of their Russian loyalties and prejudices. He states that Israel has assets that Russia needs which prompted him to release Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Jew, after dividing Khodorkovsky's $15 million dollar estate among his friends ensuring that Khodorkovsky would not return to Russia.
"Putin" cites what is needed in order to govern a people, but then derides Americans and strokes more of his ego.
Yet there's a deeper point that I wish to make, concerning the fate of nations, and of civilizations. And that point is: You need conservatism, including religion and patriotism, in order to govern. This point is not optional; it's a necessity.
I think that the average person gets this basic truth about the practical value of conservative governance—including the average American. But as we have seen, the average American is not really involved in shaping politics; in the USA, control is shared by the radicalizing forces of the judiciary, the media, the Federal Reserve, and other elite institutions at the commanding heights. Meanwhile, here in Russia, I have been governing as a conservative, and the average Russian loves me.
Yet Americans, befogged by their own propaganda, have been slow to realize that I am the conservative, defending—indeed, championing!—the essentials of Christendom.
According to "Putin,"" Patrick Buchanan claimed in a column, "Is Putin One of Us," that, indeed, the answer was "yes" since "not only am I on the right, but also I see the overall civilizational issue more clearly than the West." The section of Buchanan's column that seems to support this statement is bolded in "Putin's" letter.
"While much of American and Western media dismiss him as an authoritarian and reactionary, a throwback, Putin may be seeing the future with more clarity than Americans still caught up in a Cold War paradigm.
As the decisive struggle in the second half of the 20th century was vertical, East vs. West, the 21st century struggle may be horizontal, with conservatives and traditionalists in every country arrayed against the militant secularism of a multicultural and transnational elite.
And though America's elite may be found at the epicenter of anti-conservatism and anti-traditionalism, the American people have never been more alienated or more divided culturally, socially and morally."
"Putin" laughs at the hypocrisy of the West: mainly our "greedy corporations." He indicates that despite Russia's stiff anti-homosexual laws, "all those allegedly 'gay friendly' companies are still eagerly doing business in Russia."
Long winded "Putin" continues on and on about himself, Russian history, his vision for a return of Russian borders to the era of 1914, his disdain for homosexual behavior but indicating it will be tolerated while the "cameras of the world are watching" during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and a prediction that the revolutionary cycle might happen again, even in America.
He concludes by saying he is in agreement with Edward Snowden, who in a recent broadcast from Moscow, said "that new technology offered power to central authority that tyrants of the past could never have imagined:
"George Orwell warned us of the danger…The types of collection in the book [Orwell's novel, 1984], microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us, are nothing compared to what we have available today…Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person. A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that's a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be."
Yes, Snowden has a point. Compared to the total surveillance you Americans are going through, good old Russian-style authoritarianism looks pretty sweet. Yes, of course, Russia will spy on its domestic enemies. But we have no need to spy on everyone in Russia, because we know that the vast majority of Russians support their government.
We govern by received tradition, including our faith. By contrast, you govern by technological tyranny—plus the radical non-faith of your elites. That's the big difference between the USA and Russia, and it's a big difference indeed.
"Putin" is definitely not trustworthy but neither is our own government. Regardless of what Putin thinks of himself, he is not any better than the two-faced politicians elected to office, including Obama – just in a different way. One thing "Putin" is good at is blowing his own horn, making himself into some kind of "preferred" leader who supports Christianity, traditionalism and freedom. But, "Putin" is right in that a nation that turns from God, encourages division among the people across all lines and discourages patriotism and a love for the traditions and values of one's country is destined to fail. Is America on the brink?Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.