Yuri is a big guy, and he has an intimidating stare, which is something I’d expect from a former KGB agent. Right now, he’s toasting the USA across my dining room table.
“I am very impressed with America, especially Kennedy Space Center”, he explains. “The people of the USA and the people of Russia are much alike, but I think the people of America have had it easier.”
Of course, looking at my country strictly through a 20th and 21st century lens, he’s right. We’ve had it pretty easy, for the most part. But the pioneers? Not so much. Still, no people on earth have suffered so much as the Russian Slavs; first at the hands of the Bolsheviks, then at the hands of the Germans. Before that, they were targets for the Vikings and Mongols.
“Here’s to your new President, Mr. Donald Trump!” He raises his glass again. “May Russia and America become friends. We have much in common”.
We do indeed. We are both (largely) European peoples. We have both suffered from Islamic terrorism. We are both (nominally) Christian countries. We have both been heavily influenced by a Zionist cabal whose mission is to undermine our culture. We are both rich in natural and human resources. We both fought on the same side in WWII. And we both have fearful arsenals of nuclear weapons.
Yet, despite all of these shared values and characteristics, we frequently find ourselves on opposite sides of a new Cold War. It seems every day that the news media is trotting out some new atrocity or affront that the Russians have committed. We have magazine covers showing the country’s President, Vladimir Putin, sprouting horns, and we hear constantly from so-called “experts” about the threat Russia poses to the USA.
But is any of this true? It seems to me that, when you dig just a little bit deeper, what you’ll find is an American superpower drunk with the idea of exceptionalism, a dangerous lie that has crept into the national lexicon lately courtesy of the neocons that still control our country. There is no corner of the globe, it seems, where we do not deem that we have “vital national security interests”, whether it be in the far flung reaches of the Arctic Circle, the windswept deserts of the Middle East, or the cold and craggy peeks of Korea. Go anywhere on earth, and there is the American Globocop, spying, probing, threatening, cajoling…we spend more than China, Russia, and the next 7 countries on defense combined, yet apparently that still isn’t enough for these bedwetters to feel “secure” at night.
Well, I am a man, and I don’t need to attack people I don’t know for reasons only Israel and the MIC understand to sleep peacefully at night. I am perfectly comfortable with the idea that, come what may, the goings-on in Kandahar need have no impact on my little life in Cape Canaveral unless we keep kicking the Afghan hound just for fun. Nor do I see the need, as President-elect Trump observed, to pay for Europe’s defense…or Japan’s…or anybody else’s for that matter. I would greatly prefer that America do what Washington and Jefferson advised…mind our own business, in effect. Of course, the Indispensable American also told us to avoid deficit spending and that a belief in God was a necessary component of a republic, but we didn’t listen to him about any of that, either. Look how far that’s gotten us now…we no longer believe in Christ, but we DO worship a god. That god is secular, it is multicultural, it is omnipresent, it enters our homes through our TV’s, our social media, our jobs, our schools, and our relationships. Oh, and, BTW, it is evil. But let’s not let that get in the way of our Facebook friends, shall we? Nor should we worry about money, because “deficits don’t matter”. ”Laissez les bon temps roulez!” We are New Orleans writ large now, and we shall come to a similar end, going out not with a bang, but inundated nonetheless-not in water, but in debt.
Nor should we feel the need to uphold “democracy” in Mesopotamia, or to keep the Russians at bay in Ukraine, or, most of all, to support an indispensable “ally” like Israel, which has done nothing more than use us like a cheap whore. And who can blame them, when every time Bibi shows his face our Kongress applauds his latest atrocities with a standing ovation? We actually deserve to be used. We practically beg for it. The Founding Fathers would be appalled at how small we’ve become.
Donald Trump may keep us out of war with Russia. That is one of the primary reasons I voted for him. I have no issue with the Russkies, and recognize the insanity of baiting a country with as many nuclear weapons as we have. In reality, they are our natural allies. But he cannot fix the Godlessness that we have embraced. Indeed, he’s part of the problem-as was Hillary. Nor will his big-spending infrastructure projects do anything except heap more debt upon the heads of our children and grandchildren.
Of course, we cannot and will not repay the debt. It will be repudiated in one form or another-probably via inflation. But at the very least, I do not want to have our country incinerated due to the hubris of a lunatic Commander in Chief. That is why I voted for Trump. That, and the idea that countries actually do have borders that are not open to every fruit picker on earth who wants to suck the life out of the welfare teat. Low expectations, maybe. But at least I can hold my head up and say I didn’t deliberately sacrifice my country for nothing more than an ephemeral dream of a global economy and American “exceptionalism”.
Thus, I can agree with my new friend Yuri that we are a lot like Russians in many ways. The Russians were fooled by the Bolsheviks over a century ago, and they’re still paying the price for that mistake today. Yet there are signs that Russia has finally thrown off that yoke. The Orthodox Church is resurgent there, and Vladimir Putin, who converted to the Faith under penalty of death while still working for the KGB, is intent on making sure that the evil spell Holy Russia fell under is broken for good. You’d think we’d learn from that, but we have our own Bolsheviks in charge now, and, curiously, many sport the same surnames. Sure, they’ve morphed into neocons, but the agenda never changes.
La plus ca change…