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Let's hear it for tyranny

Tsar Vladimir celebrates himself

This article was published March 22, 2018 at 2:57 a.m.

Now that he is in effect Russia's president for life, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has ordered another big win for himself at the polls. This time he was awarded 76.7 percent of the vote at last rigged count. He just picks a number, a number to his liking, and sure enough the official tally will echo it down to the decimal point. (Hey, 7 is a lucky number! Let's use a couple of them!) It's like the terrible old days when all-wise, all-knowing Uncle Joe was in charge of stuffing the ballot boxes across all of Russia's time zones, and never failed to deliver anything but a resounding electoral victory for himself.

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JIMBOB47 says... March 22, 2018 at 5:34 a.m.

So can someone tell us what the difference is between Putin and the Daley machines of Chicago?... none...

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TimberTopper says... March 22, 2018 at 6:45 a.m.

There's many differences.

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hah406 says... March 22, 2018 at 8:24 a.m.

Hey Jimbo, I have one. Daley never had his opponents murdered openly in front of city hall.

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23cal says... March 22, 2018 at 8:40 a.m.

This column was....beyond strange.
I get that it is some kind of screed against progressives, science, and modernity, as usual from this source, but I think it lists Putin as a progressive and pretends it is progressives, not conservatives, who are always banning books.
What a rambling bunch of unsupported drivel.

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skeptic1 says... March 22, 2018 at 9:48 a.m.

Lots in disappointment here that the author didn't marry Trump to Putin, but then even Bernie Sanders is getting sick of that nonsense.

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PopMom says... March 22, 2018 at 9:59 a.m.

And yet the ADG supports Trump who is one of Putin's biggest cheerleaders and the ADG supports the Arkansas congressional delegation which looks the other way while Trump supports this dictator. At least John McCain had the nerve to call Trump out for congratulating Putin on his "win."

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WhododueDiligence says... March 22, 2018 at 10:01 a.m.

Yes, 23cal, and also a typical screed against educators. This editorial quotes and endorses the complaints of Jacob Howland. In the cited New Criterion commentary, Howland does a good job of describing the murderous rampages during Stalin's Soviet reign. But then he goes way overboard off the deep end by comparing it to today's US college campuses where according to Howland professors and students act like police.
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In that column Howland said: "If Nadezhda is right that 'any era should be judged by the degree to which it is possible to exercise the basic human right of professing one's faith and speaking one's mind,' we are doing poorly indeed."
As if the Soviet state-sponsored mass murders, gulags, and speech suppression Nadezhda wrote about are in any way comparable to feeble political correctness attempts by some educators in our free society.
Also in that column Howland howled that Charlottesville was similar to communists fighting against Nazis in Weimar Germany.
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Once again the extreme right's victim mentality is extremely overplayed to ridiculous extremes.
Weird.

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3WorldState1 says... March 22, 2018 at 10:47 a.m.

The reason the General for Fox news quit saying, "“As a retired military officer, I simply could not continue with Fox in good conscience,” His letter, denouncing the network as “a mere propaganda machine,”
I checked Fox "News" online the day he quit. Not one word I could find on it. But tons of Hannity and Ingram crap.
People are meaner and dumber for watching Fox.
What the hell happened to the Republican party? I'm starting to think because the base is religious fanatics. And they will believe anything. Just look around the world where religious fanatics run things. Nutso!

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Packman says... March 22, 2018 at 11:04 a.m.

Agree with 23cal. The 3 minutes it took to read this is 3 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

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