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Happy New Year For Vladimir??

It was fourteen years ago on New Years eve, 1999, that President Boris Yeltsin of Russia turned over power to a former KGB agent named, Vladimir Putin. Little did he know that his protege had big ideas about what should occur in Russia. Boris still lived in the shadow of Communist Soviet Union and hoped that both Gorbachev and he represented a new spirit for the Russian people that would lead the nation into an era of cooperation with the European Union and the United States. They felt it was time to end the Cold War and initiate an era of Warm feelings and cooperation with the world. Putin arrived, and so did a group of oligarchs who plundered Russia of its riches on the road to wealth and power. Putin worked with these men including many who were his cronies from the old days of the secret police. Since then, a portion of the population has enjoyed the good life, but only a portion, the majority of people have more access to wealth, but each year they fall further and further into poverty and despair.

Gleb Pavlovsky, a political commentator in Russia raises several issues confronting the nation. “The question is not whether Putin stays on, but whether the horse survives. he has no plan.”He promised to protect freedoms of speech, conscience, the media and property. In those early days he assured the people of Russia they would enjoy the “fundamental rights of a civilized society.” Unfortunately, they now enjoy the rights of a totalitarian society. What next for Mother Russia?

Young Americans Not “In” History

I am the child of immigrants who made the long voyage from eastern Europe and arrived in the promised land of America. In 1914, ONE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS WAS AN IMMIGRANT! To be an immigrant of the child of one makes the individual conscious of what is America and the importance of learning about the history of this nation. Actually, I wound up writing a history of the United States of America. I have taught about one thousand teachers who became Social Studies educators. I am most amazed these days how those under the age of 35 lack a sense of the history of this country. They lack a desire to be “in” the history of this land and stand apart lacking a sense of how one is connected to the past. Those who are immigrants, yes, the “illegals,” are much more conscious as to why one desires to live in America and how becoming a citizen is a wondrous event. To be “in” history is to possess an emotional attachment to the promised land of America.

I am NOT referring to learning facts and figures about the past. To be “in” history is to gain an awareness of how the values and ideas of this nation, with all its tragic faults such as slavery and murder of Indians, require a commitment that each and every person in this land enjoy its prosperity. To be “in” history is to be conscious of one’s responsibility to fellow Americans. In other words, to be the exact opposite of ideas spouted by Republicans who believe the story of America is that of those with wealth. The story of America is how individuals worked with their hands and hearts to create a society in which those lacking wealth could work their way up the ladder of prosperity.

As an American my responsibility is to all other Americans. We are brothers and sisters, we are not enemies. And, I classify as “American” all those who reside within its borders, regardless of whether a citizen or not.

Nazi–Who Me???

Members of the Republican party are aware of every group that President Obama has ever belonged to or talked with because when it comes to checking out the private and public lives of LIBERALS, no stone must be left untouched. Congressman Steve Scalia is from the great state of Louisiana and he wants the world to know that from now on in his role of Majority Whip in the House of Representatives there will be nonstop investigations of whatever Democrats have done or even thought of doing. For some reason, one of those Liberals, checked into his own background. It turns out that in 2002, young Steve gave a talk to members of a white supremacist group that had ties to white supremacists in Europe. The European-American White and Rights Organization-EURO had links to American Nazi David Duke. These folks hate blacks, immigrants and Jews, but what the heck, they do believe that whites are the oppressed people these days.

Steve is rather upset. “For anyone to suggest that I was involved with a group like that is insulting and ludicrous.” He just gave talks to bigots which hardly translates into being a bigot. Then again, he did not know that American Nazi, David Duke was connected to the group. As far as Steve is concerned it is bigots who are out to get him. At least the Republican party can begin the new power knowing it is out in the open that bigots control the legislature!

Vladimir Is Upset!

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is very upset with a whole lot of people in this world. It is very difficult being a dictator and growing accustomed to speaking without anyone daring to contradict your words of wisdom. I doubt if Vladimir can recall the last time any person in Russia expressed a contradiction to what he uttered which makes difficult being in a world in which there are human beings who hold opposing views to the man who knows all. At this point in time, Vladimir is very upset at those who belong to the notorious NATO alliance. As far as Vladimir is concerned its real name is– NAZI ALLIANCE! He charged the “build up of ATO military potential and its empowerment with global functions implemented by violation of international law” is a threat to humankind.

In many respects Vladimir, formerly of the notorious Soviet Union KGB only understands a world in which the threat of nuclear war requires non-stop adherence to defending Mother Russia against evil forces who inhabit western Europe. Here is the reality he refuses to confront:

1.The last time Russian troops were actually engaged in a war against those with air forces of artillery or tanks was in 1945.

2. Talk is cheap but action would be a disaster for the Russian people.

Rouble Rouble Stop Dropping In Value

There is no question that President Vladimir Putin remains very popular to the people of Russia. His approval ratings continue to hover in the high eighties. Of course, I live in the United States of America, a land in which the people of this fair land just voted to support the Republican Party whose policies caused a great recession and got us into wars in the Middle East. But, Americans, just like Russians prefer in power those who cause problems than those who might solve them. The Russian Rouble has fallen in value at least fifty percent and continues dropping. Oil prices are now down by fifty percent. The great Vladimir Putin has done NOTHING to make Russian industry an important factor in the economy since he prefers that Russia should depend upon the export of oil. The price for a barrel is now about $55 while it was about $110 a year ago. Putin has infuriated western Europe, he has angered Saudi Arabia by supporting the Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, and he has made the United States the leader of imposing sanctions upon the Russian economy.

But, the people of Russia so like this man who has “restored pride” by seizing the Crimea and causing civil war in Ukraine. So, they flock to his banner of stupidity and watch their economy implode. Such is the price of those lacking common sense. I speak from experience, I recall how Americans felt pride to invade Iraq and get those ever disappearing weapons of mass destruction. Follow Putin and destroy the Russian economy. Hey,take a trip to Russia, you now can get 65 Roubles for each dollar – a year ago you would have gotten 30!

Nuremberg Trials, 2014!

In 1946, after conclusion of World War II, the Allied nations conducted a trial of Nazi leaders. I wonder how this trial would have been handled by current members of the Republican Party:

Ted Cruz: “I am sick and tired of hearing about what Nazi leaders did a few years ago. What was done, was done. It is time to move on and stop attacking poor Adolf. He loved dogs, he built highways, and he certainly would not allow a bunch of Africans migrate to the white nation of Germany!

John Boehner: “Once again the Obama administration wants to display its anger at Christian people and protect foreigners who seek to undo the good work of decent hard working white people. For God’s sake quit attacking decent middle class people and protecting Gypsies and other lower class people who somehow got hurt. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why are we attacking job creators such as the Krupp family and Adolf Hitler. He got Germans back to work, a lot more than President Obama has ever done.”

John Brennan: “We have to focus on what Nazi Germany did right rather than focus on what it did wrong. OK, so they sometimes employed enhanced interrogation techniques that led to the death of a few Jews, but what about Nazi success? They were attempting to end Communism from spreading and threatening the American people. Instead of aiding Adolf Hitler, we aided Communists and that is why the world has problems today. Quit harping on a few rogue interrogators and look at the big picture. If not for Adolf, there would not be a nation today of Israel. So how come Jews do not give that man some credit?”

Fox News: We have with us today, a great champion of anti-Communism, of anti-Muslim terrorists. So Chancellor Adolf Hitler, please explain what you were attempting to accomplish before Russians and Americans and English people got in your way?

Adolf: ” I simply wanted to create jobs for Germans. I got the economy back on track. I restored pride in being a German. I halted the spread of Communism which attempted to destroy the free enterprise society and I aided Job Creators to restore the German economy. OK, I admit that along the way our enhanced interrogation methods did lead the death of a few Jews. Please don’t get me wrong, but some of my best friends were Jews. I am sick and tired of these attacks on our camps where we simply were trying to get people back to work. It is time to move on!”

Let’s Fear Immigrants!

We in America regard immigrants as an important topic, and for millions these people from across the border in Mexico somehow pose a threat to the very existence of this nation. Ironically, similar feelings are sweeping Western Europe which battles the influx of refugees from places like Syria or Africa or any number of Middle Eastern Muslim nations. Right wing political parties are growing in power whether in France or Italy or Sweden or the United Kingdom. The cry is being sounded they are taking away your jobs driving buses or picking fruit. In Sweden, the Sweden Democratic Party is now capturing about 17% of the vote with a campaign promise that if granted power they will end the influx of “those people.” Naturally, the main characteristic of “those people” is they come from the Middle East and are of the Muslim religion.

Former Prime Minister Fredrick Reinfeld caused an uproar when he pointed out “we late 25 million people living in the Nordic region. There are endless fields and forests.” He noted that “space” was available for millions and there was no reason to panic. Sorry, “those people” will cause white skinned folk to panic because they do not want to have “them” in their pure white lands. If there is one thing uniting white people all over the world is a fear of “those people.”

Noted Without Comment

This will be a brief comment.

The nation of Germany has a population of about 80,000,000 people. During the past year there WAS NOT A SINGLE EXAMPLE OF A POLICEMAN SHOOTING ANYONE!

Oh, and there are a few million Muslims living in Germany, including a few thousand who are militants.

Canada, our neighbor to the north had fewer than ten police shootings.

The United Kingdom has four police shootings.

Russians So Love Vladimir Putin

Among the most fascinating results of sanctions imposed by twenty six nations upon Russia is the resulting rise in love of their Great Leader by the people of Russia. His popularity has risen to over 80% even while the Russian economy is now entering a recession. John Kerry is in Europe discussing with European Union further plans to impose sanctions, but in Mother Russia, the people just love their Great Leader. The ruble has dropped another 6%, the GDP is contracting, but ask the average Russian how things are going, and the response if the nation needs Vladimir inn order to stand up for their growing pride. The people of Russia endured seventy years of brutal dictatorship which must have made normal the act of killing the innocent. An amazing percent looks back to the good old days when Joseph Stalin murdered TWENTY MILLION PEOPLE. Ah, for the days of secret police and gulags where people were beaten and starved to death.

I really do not completely understand how intelligent people could support such a man. Then again, I inhabit the United States of America in which so-called intelligent people just elected idiots to control of Congress. Is there a human desire to suffer?

Oh, last year 500,000 Russians died of alcoholism.

Jihad Makes Me Feel Strong!

There is a missing quality among those who term themselves believers in democracy, but the feeling of being ready to die for a cause is growing ever stronger among many young Muslims in Europe. For most Europeans the very idea of serving in the military is not an attractive idea. For most Americans, the concept of serving the nation is much less interesting that what is on my iPad. For those raised prior to the onset of material comforts, serving in the armed forces was part of being a member of society. The most amazing aspect of the growth of Jihadism among young Muslims is the desire among those raised in the modern technological world to risk life for a cause, a dream.

Ismail Cetinkaya told a German reporter that he was raised in Germany and for most of his early life behaved like a modern person seeking the good life. Then, he discovered the power of belief, only his new belief was in the Muslim religion. “Paradise lies at the feet of your mother God and the desire to put self to Jihad.” He went off to fight in Syria and discovered that his new felt love of the Muslim religion made the thought of dying a hope, rather than a fear. As he now tells fellow Muslims, “I call you to Jihad. This is where you will find freedom.” Being a jihadist enables this young man to challenge his weaknesses and discover that he has strength.

How many young Americans have this attitude. During World War II millions did!