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1/24/2021

Constitutional Vanguard: The Russian People Take to the Streets to Fight for Truth and Decency

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:00 pm



My newsletter this week can be read here, which is also where you can sign up for free. I was going to write about the Republicans’ disregard for the Constitution, but I got sidetracked by images of the Russian people taking to the streets to support opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Sample:

In Russia, the people are fighting for truth and justice, against a criminal regime. The full discussion of the origins of the Vladimir Putin regime are beyond the scope of this missive, but it began with Putin carrying out brazen acts of terror against his own people — literally bombing his own citizens and blaming the bombings on Chechen rebels. (If you are unaware of that history, I commend to you this 2017 post from my blog and the links therein.) The list of journalists and critics Putin has murdered is long. It is no exaggeration to state that the Russian government is a large criminal conspiracy. The people in the streets in Russia this weekend are fighting that lawless cabal of thieves and killers.

Here at home, the people who stormed the Capitol were fighting against truth, in order to violently reinstall a regime rejected by voters. A government, in fact, which had been headed by the most dishonest president in American history — someone who had spent two months denying reality, retweeting increasingly insane conspiracy theories, and generally whipping up an entirely manufactured sense of certainty among diehard Republicans that the election had been stolen from them.

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14 Responses to “Constitutional Vanguard: The Russian People Take to the Streets to Fight for Truth and Decency”

  1. “Here at home, the people who stormed the Capitol were fighting against truth”

    Well sorry, but that’s just, your opinion, maaaan. There’s far more than enough circumstantial evidence to construct similar theories of false-flag bombings, targeted political assassinations, and the blaming of all of a government’s responsibilities on ‘extremists’ or ‘seperatists’ or what have you in America.

    All that matters is who decides the official story and the conventional wisdom with the backing of enough conventional forces to speak their truth in power.

    Opinion Haver (ad99da)

  2. Well sorry, but that’s just, your opinion, maaaan. There’s far more than enough circumstantial evidence to construct similar theories of false-flag bombings, targeted political assassinations, and the blaming of all of a government’s responsibilities on ‘extremists’ or ‘seperatists’ or what have you in America.

    That’s not what the arrests are saying. Except for a socialist grifter (Sullivan), the suspects are all in the tank for Trump who believed–with all their MAGA hearts–in the lie that the election was “stolen”.

    Paul Montagu (77c694)

  3. I gotta say, I’m pleasantly surprised by all the protests, and they’re spanning the country, in a place where merely protesting carries the real risk of bodily harm.

    Paul Montagu (77c694)

  4. Well sorry, but that’s just, your opinion, maaaan. There’s far more than enough circumstantial evidence to construct similar theories of false-flag bombings, targeted political assassinations, and the blaming of all of a government’s responsibilities on ‘extremists’ or ‘seperatists’ or what have you in America

    Care to define what “far more” means, or circumstantial, or evidence? Care to show the “false-flag” bombings, or the “targeted political assassinations”?

    Or, you’re making stuff up because once an homeless person from the Russian plains, always a homeless person from the Russian plains.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (1367c0)

  5. “Well sorry, but that’s just, your opinion, maaaan. There’s far more than enough circumstantial evidence to construct similar theories of false-flag bombings, targeted political assassinations, and the blaming of all of a government’s responsibilities on ‘extremists’ or ‘seperatists’ or what have you in America.”

    You are absolutely correct. If you feel the need to construct conspiracies that involve false-flag bombings, targeted political assasinations, and false identification of “seperatists” and/or “extremists.” you should have no problem doing it. That’s the wonderful thing about conspiracies – they are infinitly malleable and can be adjusted to meet the needs of the moment. When you start from the position that there is a deep state composed of cannabalistic pedophiles, proposed refinements to the conspiracy ahould be a simple task. These adjustments also allow you to bypass the need to answer more difficult questions, such as, “So, how many cannabalistic pedophiles are there in the Department of Justice, actually?”

    John B Boddie (d795fd)

  6. By posing as a Russian National Security Council official, Navalny managed to dupe a participant in the plot to admit, in a recorded conversation, the involvement of Russia’s FSB in the murder plot.

    Aha! Here we see several crimes! Impersonating a government official and exposing state secrets to foreigners, for starters! Very bad!

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  7. A nation that produces the likes of Isaac Asimov, Al Jolson, Yul Brynner, Irving Berlin, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky; dared to loft Yuri Gagarin, the first man into space [insolation from his Vostok 1 spacecraft is framed in my den] and Alexi Leonov, the first man to walk in space [his signed ASTP pix hangs next to it by a piece of the Kremlin Wall I ‘liberated’ back in ’71]… can’t be all bad.

    I have great respect for the strength and courage of the Russian people; they never forget losing 25 million in WW2.

    Sunshine patriots and ‘Yankee Doodle Dandies’ often do.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  8. Good article.

    My big questions are always:

    Do the people here know they aren’t the same as the protestors in Russia? I’m pretty sure the answer is “no.” In their minds they are similarly heroic.

    How do we step back into a place where people live in reality?

    nate (1f1d55)

  9. How do we step back into a place where people live in reality?

    Proles cannot face reality. That is why it is necessary to stupefy them with alcohol and marijuana, and occupy them with sports and pornography.

    nk (1d9030)

  10. As for Navalny and his people, I don’t mind them being Putin’s pain in the butt, but that’s about all. I’m a long way away with equating them with the Hong Kong protests which are much more likely to be a genuine fight for truth and decency and less a political faction led by a photogenic politician looking to grab himself a piece of the pie. We have no shortage of that second kind over here.

    nk (1d9030)

  11. @8. Do the people here know they aren’t the same as the protestors in Russia?

    More to the point, do the people ‘here’ and ‘now’ realize they ain’t the Sons of Liberty circa 1773; although they had no cameras back in the day, most at least had the brains to disguise theemselves as Mohawks before tossing tea into Boston harbor so the injuns could take some redcoat heat. The camera hogs today, not so much. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  12. That’s not what the arrests are saying. Except for a socialist grifter (Sullivan), the suspects are all in the tank for Trump who believed–with all their MAGA hearts–in the lie that the election was “stolen”.

    Paul Montagu (77c694) — 1/24/2021 @ 1:15 pm

    I wonder if the obnoxious Russian trolls use Trump’s efforts to steal an election, with violence, as a distraction from their own extremely corrupt and evil government. I mean actually I guess I don’t wonder at all.

    I am disappointed, not surprised, that Biden is being quite weak. I want to see the man call out Putin by name and challenge him. The USA just survived one of Russia’s most desperate acts against us. What do we have to lose here?

    Dustin (4237e0)

  13. “Here at home, the people who stormed the Capitol were fighting against truth”

    Well sorry, but that’s just, your opinion, maaaan. There’s far more than enough circumstantial evidence to construct similar theories of false-flag bombings, targeted political assassinations, and the blaming of all of a government’s responsibilities on ‘extremists’ or ‘seperatists’ or what have you in America.

    All that matters is who decides the official story and the conventional wisdom with the backing of enough conventional forces to speak their truth in power.

    Opinion Haver (ad99da) — 1/24/2021 @ 12:53 pm

    This is what comes from participation trophies and post modern philosophies where everything is relative; People begin to feel like conclusions based on comfortable lies are every bit as valid as conclusion based on fair interpretation of facts. Self esteem is important, when you take it too far people begin to feel that so long as they can get an authority figure to validate their interpretation they don’t need to acknowledge an uncomfortable truth.

    Time123 (b87ded)

  14. Patterico, very nice article.

    America is for a sure a better place to live then Russia. But Congressman McCarthy, Senators Cruze and Hawley, and the rest of their ilk, including the people who insist on believing the conspiracy despite all evidence, are trying hard to make it worse.

    Once again i have to conclude that the best things about Trump were his laziness, his incompetency and his pathological need to cheat openly as a way to asserting dominance.

    It’s terrifying to think what almost happened.

    Time123 (b87ded)


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