Michael Corleone: Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.
Godfather III 1990
Jon Sable: I’ve never liked Terrorists, not even the pretty ones
Jon Sable Freelance 1985
Pat Buchanan has Jonah Goldberg shaking his head:
This is very sad to see, but hardly surprising given the path Buchanan has been on since 1990s http://t.co/xuVqbMa1dt
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) December 17, 2013
The source of his ire is this Piece at Townhall has, to say the least raised a few eyebrows:
Is Vladimir Putin a paleoconservative?
In the culture war for mankind’s future, is he one of us?
His argument is based on a Putin speech that a lot of people in the cultural right like myself would agree with
With America clearly in mind, Putin declared, “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered.”
“They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.”
Pat doesn’t stop there
President Reagan once called the old Soviet Empire “the focus of evil in the modern world.” President Putin is implying that Barack Obama’s America may deserve the title in the 21st century.
Moreover, Putin asserts, the new immorality has been imposed undemocratically.The “destruction of traditional values” in these countries, he said, comes “from the top” and is “inherently undemocratic because it is based on abstract ideas and runs counter to the will of the majority of people.”
Does he not have a point?
You would think an old cold warrior like Pat would see exactly what Putin is doing particularly since we’ve just had a big reminder of what his game actually is but first let me say this:
You won’t find a stronger cultural warrior than me. I’ve described “Gay Marriage” as simple Narcissism and I find that the direction that the baby boomer generation and their appetites have produced untenable and I think people who want to take the government “out of the marriage” business forget that the easiest way out of poverty is to be a child raised by a father and mother who finishes school and refrains from having children while a child.
However that doesn’t change the fact that the answer to Pat’s question on Putin isn’t just “No”, it’s “HELL NO!”
Putin is playing the same game the communist bloc did with Nelson Mandela in South Africa and with segregation in the South before it. In both cases the west found itself either directly (Jim Crow) or indirectly (Apartheid) on the wrong side of a Moral issue that the vast majority of the world recognizes and the Soviets and their allies looking for an easy dose of Moral authority jumped on board and brought their allies with them.
The fact that in the USSR the black population was practically non-existent and that places like Cuba oppressed people of color was not relevant and got little or no play. As soon as the left condemned the gulag, the lack of political rights, imprisonments or even mass slaughter the Soviets could play the “Jim Crow” and then later the Apartheid card to create a false equivalency between the free world and the heel of the Communist Boot.
That Mandela went with it wasn’t a surprise as he needed any ally he could get, but that American leftists supposedly concerned with human rights bought this bill of goods was more about their own America opposing myopia than anything else.
Putin cut his eye teeth in the KGB you can bet your bottom dollar that he knows what he’s doing. That vast majority of the world is on a different page than the west on Gay Marriage, and cultural issues but Putin’s words are strictly utilitarian as Stacy McCain put it earlier this week when writing about Russia’s slow regression back to Totalitarianism:
Anti-American propaganda may actually be based on factual reporting. There are things our government does, especially in the area of foreign policy and national security, which we don’t necessarily endorse. However, these actions must be understood in an international context. What are our nation’s enemies and rivals doing? Our nation’s policies cannot be viewed in a vacuum, and especially we cannot permit propaganda by hostile powers to suggest that the United States is uniquely evil, so as to undermine our prestige, demoralize our citizens and weaken our defenses against aggressors.
Stacy was born in 59, I in 63 so we’re old enough to recognize the cold war game Putin is playing.
Pat was born in 1938. It amazes me that he doesn’t recognize this game when it’s being played on him.
The power of the Soviets was built on many useful idiots in the west, it’s a shame to see Pat be numbered among them.