Is Putin one of us?
Jan 01, 2014
Patrick Buchanan has written an interesting analysis of Russian President Vladimir Putin, showing the recent reversal of roles between Russia and the USA. I have taken note of this as well in a few recent weblogs. Morally speaking, Christians in the USA now have more in common with Putin than with Obama. The old "Axis of Evil" from 25 years ago seems to have shifted half way around the world and has landed in Washington, Chicago, and Hollywood.
Oh, and have you noticed that the Czars were eliminated in Russia many years ago, only to reappear as department heads in the US government?
President Reagan once called the old Soviet Empire “the focus of evil in the modern world.” President Putin is implying that Barack Obama’s America may deserve the title in the 21st century....
Moreover, Putin asserts, the new immorality has been imposed undemocratically.
The “destruction of traditional values” in these countries, he said, comes “from the top” and is “inherently undemocratic because it is based on abstract ideas and runs counter to the will of the majority of people....”
Peoples all over the world, claims Putin, are supporting Russia’s “defense of traditional values” against a “so-called tolerance” that is “genderless and infertile.”
While his stance as a defender of traditional values has drawn the mockery of Western media and cultural elites, Putin is not wrong in saying that he can speak for much of mankind....
Putin says his mother had him secretly baptized as a baby and professes to be a Christian. And what he is talking about here is ambitious, even audacious.
He is seeking to redefine the “Us vs. Them” world conflict of the future as one in which conservatives, traditionalists and nationalists of all continents and countries stand up against the cultural and ideological imperialism of what he sees as a decadent west.
“We do not infringe on anyone’s interests,” said Putin, “or try to teach anyone how to live.” The adversary he has identified is not the America we grew up in, but the America we live in, which Putin sees as pagan and wildly progressive...."