In spite of ample evidence to the contrary, occasionally Vladimir Putin gets it right.  For example, on February 4th, speaking to the Duma about tensions with racial and cultural minorities in Russia, he said,

In Russia live Russians.  Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian and respect Russian laws. If they prefer Shari’ya Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

Russia does not need minorities; minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges or try to change our  laws to fit their desires, no matter how loudly they yell ‘discrimination’. 

We should learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation.

Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the culture or ways of most minorities.  When this body thinks of creating law, it should respect national interest first, observing that these minorities are not Russian.

It is reported that this brief statement was greeted with a five-minute standing ovation.

A good friend, we’ll call her Jane, struck by the simplicity and truth of the statement, emailed it to me and a number of friends, both Liberal and Conservative.  Below, with names changed, is the chain of emails that followed:

First response:

Jane,

Vladimir raises a point which would never occur to our president.  But then, Vladimir is Russian, and cares for his country.  If our president were American, maybe he would care, too.  But we voted for a non-American, and so we get our borders torn down and gay marriage shoved up our keester.

(Is anyone surprised?)

Tim

Another Response but this one to Tim’s reply to Jane:

Tim,

   Surprisingly enlightened for an otherwise despot leader. You are correct about Obama not exercising the instincts of an American president acting in the best interests of America instead of a cultural diversity that is destroying our country.!!!

Vick

Which prompted:

Vick,

You have to know where the bread is buttered to remain a despot very long in the West – and Putin is certainly no fool (in contrast with some of the leaders we pick).

To me,  Zero knows exactly what he is doing, and is pursuing it assiduously: the prescription of Soros, Cloward-Piven and others who wish to wreck this country.

And is a sad and scary comment on democracy that he continues to be able to do it.  “We” are not about to catch on.

An analogy: we are about to marry homosexuals, and torpedo consensual partner arrangements, at the directive of the 0-mob.  And we will continue to suck our thumbs, though the overwhelming majority of Americans (and French and Africans and everyone else on earth) decisively reject it – as in California, where the vox populi is about to be nullified – and would say so, if asked.

But asking us is precisely what he/they will never do; we will be confronted with a fait accompli – and told that this is the only right, decent and legal thing to do.

And we will continue sucking our thumbs.

Tim

Is Putin wrong?  Does Russia under Putin stand a better chance than Holland or England or France or America to avoid being taken over by Sharia Law?  I’m not a Putin fan, but I do fail to see why we:

1. give in-state tuition rates to the children of illegal immigrants;

2. give rights to Muslims that Catholics don’t have;

3. give privacy rights to arrested illegal aliens that we do not give to arrested American Citizens;

4. etc., etc.

An interesting side note:  “During Putin’s first premiership and presidency (1999–2008), real incomes increased by a factor of 2.5, real wages more than tripled; unemployment and poverty more than halved and the Russians’ self-assessed life satisfaction rose significantly” (Guriev, Sergei; Tsyvinski, Aleh (2010). “Challenges Facing the Russian Economy after the Crisis”)…and…”As Russia’s president, Putin passed into law a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax….” (“The Putin Paradox”. Americanprogress.org. 24 June 2004)

Another interesting side note: Putin served the legal maximum of two consecutive terms as President, was then appointed Prime Minister, and is now in his third term as President (expanded by law from 4 years to 6 years).  Are any of the rumors on the web valid about Mr. Obama planning a similar strategy to retain power?

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