John McCain Hits Op-Ed Out of the Park – Just Kidding

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Pravda.ru published Senator John McCain’s response to Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times.

McCain started out saying he wasn’t anti-Russian as characterized by the editor, Dmitry Sudkov right before he posted McCain’s article.

McCain wrote directly to the Russian people. ‘I respect your dignity and your right to self-determination. I believe you should live according to the dictates of your conscience, not your government…You should be governed by a rule of law that is clear, consistently and impartially enforced and just. I make that claim because I believe the Russian people, no less than Americans, are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ [Uh, aren’t we being ruled by the powerful few?]

He wrote that a Russian citizen could not publish a ‘testament like the one I just offered.’ He added Putin and associates ‘don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them.’

Attacking Putin as a corrupt leader, he further wrote, ‘They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption.’

He condemned Putin’s bigotry against gays and punk rock bands.

Senator McCain asked, ‘…by what measure has he restored your greatness? He has given you an economy that is based almost entirely on a few natural resources that will rise and fall with those commodities. Its riches will not last. And, while they do, they will be mostly in the possession of the corrupt and powerful few…’ [Sounds eerily like our problems]

‘How has he strengthened Russia’s international stature? By allying Russia with some of the world’s most offensive and threatening tyrannies,’ McCain wrote.

He told the Russian people that President Putin doesn’t believe in them but he does.

He concluded with, ‘’When I criticize your government, it is not because I am anti-Russian, it is because I believe you deserve a government that believes in you and answers to you. And, I long for the day when you have it.’ [I long for the day when McCain stands up for Republican principles or switches to the Democratic Party.]

The comments at the end are more interesting than the article. The Americans responding found him arrogant and contemptible. The Russians responding sounded liked Communists or Occupy Wall Streeters.

Russia has been under Communist rule for more than 100 years. The people probably can’t relate to our Jeffersonian democracy when all they get to read are papers like Pravda.ru, Pravda meaning ‘The Truth.’  [Ironic given that it is state-sponsored media]

Actually, the paper his article appears in is not paper at all. It is an online ‘paper.’ McCain was not published in print. [They might have slipped that by him.]

Senator McCain might not have been the best person to write a response. though I don’t doubt his comments were heartfelt. I don’t know why anyone had to respond to the communist dictator’s propaganda piece at all.

None of this matters. It would have fallen on deaf ears no matter what he or anyone might have said.

Leave the Russians to Russia. It sounds like they have the president they want and deserve.

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