>>>>Get Real 04commented 52 minutes ago
The Last Word’s “discussion” of Putin and his op-Ed was appalling and left me wondering about your ability to offer any sort of thoughtful treatment of contemporary Russia. You are 2-3 decades behind the times. I am a professor of Russian politics at a major U.S.university, I have lived in Russia and have been regularly visiting it since 1982. I had the good fortune to be the 1st American to conduct an uncensored, live, across-theUSSR, call-in radio program in July 1989, and since then, countless Americans have been heard or read uncensored on TV, radio, and in newspapers. This is true for U.S. leaders and politicians, as well as academics and average citizens like me. To The Last Word’s sarcastic comment about President Obama being able to author an op-Ed in a Russian newspaper that would go uncensored I would reply: YES! Russians have access to our ideas and perspectives, even granting there are real problems with their media! Time to GET REAL about today’s Russia. Having just been in Russia a few weeks ago, I can tell you Russians are aware and upbeat, the middle class is growing, the IMF just moved Russia past Germany as the world’s #5 economy, and even the birthdate is up! We need to move beyond the sort of cartoon-character stereotyping of Russia that was dominant in today’s The Last Word presentation.
I am a regular viewer of The Last Word, I think it is the best political analysis program on American TV, and its treatment of American politics is sophisticated and nuanced. However, its treatment of Russia has been stunningly outdated ad primitive! I am so disappointed.
Watching The Last Word on 9/11/13 reminded me of watching Soviet tv news in September 1982. Russia is not the USSR, and Vladimir Putin is not Leonid Brezhnev!<<<<
That's right, it is up, the Russians who celebrated their birthdays during cold winter months during Communist times are celebrating them in July now.
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Putin is making it crystal clear that we have been fading under Obama’s leadership. We lived in a special nation before Obama. Economic panic and a weak GOP candidate drove us into Obama’s shackles.
But we WILL be a special nation again — never as special people, but as people who can find our own unique talents as a free people. Levin’s Liberty Amendments are the key to unlock Ruling Class chains.
It’s not the People we should fear — look at the Colorado recall. I note four examples of how the super majority is not the same as the Ruling Class:
less than 20% want abortion on deman.
gun rights — overhwhelmingly popular.
One man One Woman — overwhelmingly popular.
Obama-care — overwhelmingly opposed.