Could Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin be plotting their version of saving the world? No, I do not believe in lizard people, or that Hillary Clinton orders baby toppings on her pepperoni pizza? It is not far-fetched to think that the Russian autocrat and murderer was so comfortable with his former wanna-be in charge of the United States he wants a return to that dynamic. As part of his strategy, Vladimir Putin and his Saint Petersburg troll farms have sewn enough discord into American politics that conservative talking heads are asking; what’s wrong with Putin?
For the past two nights, GOPravda has touted the advantages of having an invasion into Ukraine by the Russians. “Why is it disloyal to side with Russia but loyal to side with Ukraine? They’re both foreign countries that don’t care anything about the United States. Kind of strange. It’s all an absurd performance, but it’s all they’ve got in the end,” said Tucker Carlson. He then went on with a convoluted explanation of how this would strengthen Russian/Chinese relations and weaken the dollar. “We would be impoverished immediately overnight!” he fumed. Carlson has been on his dictator sympathy tour, beginning with his first complaints of Ukraine/Russian affairs in November 2021.
Carlson, if you remember, broadcast a week’s worth of programming from the authoritarian capital city of Hungary. In a tweet, Carlson told readers that they should pay attention to Hungary “if you care about Western civilization, and democracy, and family — and the ferocious assault on all three of those things by leaders of our global institutions,” he wrote. What Americans should fear is the slow takeover of our institutions of legality and governance. The Republican party has no formal platform, leaving them open to swings and sways of political winds. Currently, the blowing squalls of the GOP are them bending toward a denial of history, science, and democracy.
Actual election fraud is a severe crime against democracy. The authoritarian edict of dead Russian dictator Joseph Lenin who is most attributed with the quote, “It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes,” was part of the GOP coup attempt. The revelation that forged documents were written, phony electors signed them, and passed on to the National Archives cannot be dismissed as dirty trick mischief. Conflating the scarce incidents of voter impersonation and voter fraud is dangerous. Now that all legal avenues have been exhausted and the violent coup failed to overturn the election, next is an unlikely but frightening scenario. A plan cooked up by Putin and Trump to have him step in and broker a contrived peace between Ukraine and Russia. Thereupon, avoiding World War III, making Trump viable again in 2024.
The danger is that one mistake, entirely possible from a bitter narcissist and a murdering dictator, could plunge Europe, and by proxy America, into another long and unwinnable war. The economic ramifications would be worldwide. Covid has given the world a taste of rampant inflation, supply shortages, and scientific nihilism. Add another ten years of young people dying on battlefields; would make the ground fertile for an authoritarian takeover.
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