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Roger L. Simon

What Putin and Obama Do and Don’t Have in Common

March 3rd, 2014 - 9:37 pm
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White gloves versus boxing gloves.

With Vladimir Putin giving Barack Obama the back of his gloved hand in the Crimea, it’s easy to forget what the two leaders have in common. Neither of them likes democracy very much.

In Putin’s case that couldn’t be more obvious, but Obama has given more than his share of signals to that effect in recent days, informing a complaisant Congress during the State of the Union that he was going to override them and take the law into his own hands by executive fiat if they didn’t go along with his policies. His number one consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, repeated essentially the same thing during a recent interview on The O’Reilly Factor.

Unfortunately, that’s about it in the similarity department (except they both seem to like sports). In two other major categories, the dissimilarities are striking. Putin is one tough dude and a patriot for his country. Obama is neither of these. In evidence I offer one five-letter word: Syria. I could offer a lot more, but I don’t want to bore you.

The point is, as Putin threatens Ukraine and who knows what else, China moves on the Japanese islands, the Iranian mullahs jaw on while moving ever closer to nuclear capability, the already nuclear North Koreans improve their ballistics while starving their people, Venezuela approaches civil war, al-Qaeda and its myriad cousins metastasize across North Africa, the Levant, and beyond, the West has at its helm someone who is not only a documented liar (“if you like your plan,” etc., etc.) but who is also essentially a blowhard. Even worse, and ultimately even more dangerous to our health and/or survival, our president is a monumentally poor judge of character. He is clueless.

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Actually what we have in practice increasingly is Russia Lite, a corrupt oligarchy with a personality cult leader, lying thieving legislators and a host of powerful special interests getting theirs.
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"Hence it is that democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and in general have been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths... A republic, by which I mean a government in which a scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking."

James Madison, Federalist Papers No. 10 (1787).

It gets tiresome seeing terms misused, but I'll point out again that we have a republic - not a democracy.

If we are ever going to get back to the kind of government we were bequeathed by the Constitution then we have to start using the terms correctly ourselves - and in the manner the Founding Fathers used them.

None of this "democracy", "democrat republic", etc. - it's a republic!
41 weeks ago
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The left put everything into its Obama basket. He shouldn’t have been reelected and deep down they know it. But maybe they don’t know that there are serious political consequences to forcing an unwanted president back on a population that has already had it up to here with his serial misadventures with reality. The IRS scandal may be just the tip of the fraud associated with O’s reelection. We may never know the full extent of it, but we do know who is going to pay for it this November.
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After seeing Barry Hussein Obama run through the White House corridors with his decently distanced slave VP in his televised wake, can anyone in the world have anything but contempt for such a clown?
41 weeks ago
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Thank God for a patriot, a president of strength, stature,
And clarity. Putin, that is. How and why America twice elected
The exact opposite is a question America will have
To ponder for generations to come. It may be prudent
To consider raising the voting age back up to
21 and maybe even some form of literacy tests.
Democracy depends on an informed electorate to
Survive. And this ship's going down fast.
41 weeks ago
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my classmate's mother-in-law makes $89 /hour on the computer . She has been fired from work for 10 months but last month her pay was $12766 just working on the computer for a few hours.
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41 weeks ago
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Once again America is retreating from the world. And once again the price will be paid in American blood.
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They have everything in common. They both love and hate the same countries. You can throw Ron Paul into the mix; he has the same viewpoint as the two of them.
41 weeks ago
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"No one listens to them anymore — locally or globally."

Outside of the Democrat-Media complex that is. I guarantee you that if Obama took a crap on the dining room table at a state dinner, you'd be seeing dozens of articles about how it was a "brilliant strategic move" by the next morning.
41 weeks ago
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The only thing this article got wrong was the picture. It shouldn't be a set of boxing gloves for the Russians. It should be a set of brass knuckles.
41 weeks ago
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They're both playing marbles. Putin isn't half as tough or 1/4 as smart as he thinks he is. Obama is the typical college professor's bad dream come true.
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Putin is a Russian nationalist. Obama is anti-American.
41 weeks ago
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Obama is the un-Putin.
41 weeks ago
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We've been down this historical road so many times. Weakness always begets aggression. Why is anyone really surprised by Putin's actions? He long ago took the measure both of Mr. Obama and the European Union and realizes that he has nothing to fear even if he annexes all of Ukraine. We can call him an "oligarch", "kleptocrat", "dictator" and all sorts of other nasty names but so what? Putin is the only practitioner of realpolitik on the block. We have no cards to play, no assets and no leverage with Putin over Ukraine. He will do what he wants now. What will he want in the future?
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And yet the future does not bode well. We have an alliance of the Leftists, the Paleos, and the Libertarians. American is entering another isolationist period, and eventually there will be hell to pay.
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