Russia’s Jackass “President”
Last week, the farcical spectacle of Russian politics became even more ludicrous. And Russia edged that much closer to the abyss from which there can be no return.
Even as Vladimir Putin took the wheel of a fire-fighting aircraft to “prove” he remains the same superhero who single-handedly “saved” Russia from collapse, when asked his puppet “successor” Dima Medvedev said he had no idea who the candidates for “president” of the country would be in 2012, giving rise to howls of derision from Putin’s flunkies. Finally, Russia’s top doctor said there was no health risk to Russians resulting from the massive cloud of smog hovering over their homes as a result of the national wave of wildfires, not even if that smoke was radioactive.
It could not be more clear, then, that Medevedev is not the master of his domain, that he does not even have the requisite authority to decide if he will seek reelection — just as we have been saying since his first took “power” two years ago. It could not be more clear, by his own words, that the Medvedev presidency is simply a shameless fraud being perpetrated on the sheep-like denizens of this benighted country.
Nor could the failure of the policies of Medvedev’s lord and master Vladimir Putin, whose incompetence is now palpable.
The Moscow Times reported: “The government on Monday backed a plan to spend 54 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) on state-of-the-art firefighting aircraft and trucks for the Emergency Situations Ministry, which is under enormous strain as it fights wildfires in central Russia.” Even a child — even a Russian child — could clearly understand that if the government could take this action after the wildfire crisis, it could have taken it before then, and it should have. But it didn’t, and that is a fundamental failure of the Putin regime.
Putin chose instead to squander his attention and Russia’s resources on bloodthirsty violence and revenge in the Caucasus, wanton aggression against Georgia, and relentless provocation against the Western democracies, especially the United States. Putin acts without regard to the interests or the desires of the people of Russia, because they do not choose to hold him accountable for any of his actions, much less any of his failures.
Russia has become a new but not improved version of the USSR, issuing insane, ridiculous denials of facts (like the health risk to Russians resulting from contaminated air) that are obvious to all thinking people. It has reduced itself to sham elections and puppet rulers who themselves freely admit they have no power, meanwhile creating yet another fiendish dictatorship in the Kremlin.
An article we republish in today’s issue makes clear that authoritarianism cannot succeed as an economic system when competing with free market democracies. The people who live in such dictatorships live in poverty, both economic and spiritual, and ultimately see their nations collapse into the dust of failure. In the failure of the Putin regime, we see conclusive proof that this is so.