When Vladimir Putin throws Martin Luther King in your face, you better watch out.
That’s what the Russian leader, a one-time KGB agent and propagandist, did last week in a speech critical of the far – left US ideological ideology at a conference in Sochi.
He said that vigilance in America is no different from what took place in Russia during the revolution of 1917, after the Bolsheviks took power and tried to rebuild Russian culture.
The Bolsheviks all called tovarish (comrade), even when they were arrested and got a bullet in the back of the head in the basement of the infamous Lubyanka prison in Moscow.
While Putin no doubt with a wink and a nod tackled American progressives and their militant wakeism, his words sometimes made more sense than the chatter that often comes from President Biden or Senator Bernie Sanders, who happens to be the shadow president.
Speaking of blather, it is only fair to point out that these three long-lived politicians have more in common than most would think.
First, they are all in the same age group. Biden and Bernie are 80, and Putin is pushing 70.
Second, none of these three statisticians ever received a legitimate paycheck outside the government. That is why they love a great, authoritarian government, as long as they or their party controls it.
It is no wonder that they believe the states have all the answers, from forced COVID-19 vaccinations, to who should be sent to a Siberian labor camp.
It is a given that Putin is a no-nonsense, slick charlatan who has a habit of making dissidents disappear.
And Putin, a serial killer, is probably the last man to take seriously when he criticizes racism or social injustice in the United States, the most open and freest country in the world. But he may have a point.
Compared to Russia, but as well as with other countries, America is a paradise and therefore everyone wants to get here, legally or otherwise. No one has recently been reported illegally crossing the border to enter Russia.
Yet the Russian leader, in his cunning way, gave some sense to the militant wave of wake-induced cancellation culture and alleged racism that has so engulfed the United States that it cannot think straight.
He brought King’s remarks about judging people by the content of their character and not by their skin color.
“Addressing racism is a necessary and noble cause,” Putin said, “but the new ‘culture of annulment’ has turned it into reverse discrimination, that is, reverse racism. just dreamed of blurring differences and refusing to divide people by skin color. ”
Just days before the US State Department celebrated “International Pronoun Day”, Putin noted that left-wing zealots wanted to “refrain from the traditional interpretation of such fundamental values as mother, father, family and gender distinction.”
Putin mocked the left’s new wake nomenclature for calling people “parent number one and parent number two, birth parent instead of mother, and breast milk instead of breast milk because it can upset people who are unsure of their own gender.”
“Not to mention some really monstrous things when children from an early age are taught that a boy can easily become a girl and vice versa,” he said.
Putin, a product of the Russian revolution that brought the Communists to power, was critical of the then ruling Bolsheviks, saying that the United States was making the same mistakes that the Bolsheviks were making in trying to transform humanity. And they failed.
Putin said the awakened quotas coming out of the politically correct Hollywood movies are worse propaganda than what came out of the Propaganda Department of the former Communist Soviet Union.
“By the way,” Putin added, the Bolsheviks were absolutely intolerant of other opinions, different from their own. “I think this should remind you of something that is happening. And we are seeing what is happening in the western countries. It is with confusion that we are seeing the practice that Russia used to have and that we left behind. ”
Putin’s remarks could have come out of the mouths of former President Donald Trump. But then he would have been accused of collaborating with the Russians.
Peter Lucas is a veteran political reporter and columnist in Massachusetts.
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