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Putin Paints Russia as Defender of Traditional Values, Blasts West
The New American ^ | 12/19/2013 | Alex Newman

Posted on 12/20/2013 5:17:22 AM PST by IbJensen

As the Obama administration and other governments ruling Western nations increasingly seek to radically transform society and its values using social engineering and Big Government, former KGB operative Vladimir Putin is ludicrously trying to portray himself and the Russia he rules as the final bastion and defender of traditional morality.

In his “state of the nation” speech last week, the Russian president even styled his regime the last bulwark standing firm against an onslaught of moral corruption and the decay of civilization. His words, however, rang hollow to analysts who study the global establishment, the real Russia, and its corrupt rulers.

“In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered; national traditions, differences in nation and culture are being erased,” Putin said during his speech at the Kremlin in front of politicians and other establishment Russians, echoing widespread concerns increasingly being heard across the globe. “They're now requiring not only the proper acknowledgement of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgement of the equality of good and evil, which are inherently contradictory concepts.”

Indirectly touting Russia’s new ban on homosexual propaganda directed at children, Putin subtly slammed the Western world’s increasing zealotry for what he purports to view as moral corruption. Russia, the president added, would defend traditional values against what Putin called “genderless and fruitless [or barren] so-called tolerance.”

The former KGB bigwig also celebrated Russia’s recently adopted “blasphemy” law, which provides jail sentences to perpetrators who intentionally and publicly engage in “offending religious feelings.” Even stiffer penalties are mandated for those who desecrate religious sites such as churches.

According to Putin, and indeed, many analysts who loathe his regime, the “destruction of traditional values from the top” happening around the globe right now is “inherently undemocratic because it is based on abstract ideas and runs counter to the will of the majority of people.” It also brings about “negative consequences,” he said. “We know that more and more people in the world support our position on protection of traditional values,” he added, presumably referring to recent legislation such as the ban on homosexual propaganda to minors and a prohibition on advertising for abortion, which remains extremely widespread in Russia despite Putin’s “morality” posturing.

In terms of forcing alien types of government on foreign nations by force of arms, the Russian strongman lambasted “attempts to enforce allegedly more progressive development models” on countries around the world — presumably a thinly veiled attack on the U.S. government’s unconstitutional “nation-building” machinations around the world. The end result of the lawless plots, Putin said, has been “decline, barbarity and great blood” across the Middle East and Africa. He never mentioned Russian authorities’ well-documented role in the ongoing global upheavals.

Putin also delivered several swipes apparently aimed at the Obama administration and European powers for their increasingly bizarre and out-of-control meddling in the affairs of other nations — all the while painting his regime as opposed to such ploys, despite Russia voting to “authorize” them at the United Nations. “We do not infringe on anyone's interests, we do not force our patronage on anyone, or try to teach anyone how to live,” the Russian leader claimed. Despite the veracity of the implicit accusations against Western leaders, however, Russian authorities have long been involved in foreign interventionism as well, albeit more subtly in recent years.

Despite styling himself the peacemaker, Putin’s speech last week included plenty of rhetoric about the Russian government’s willingness and ability to wage war. “Expanding the potential of strategic non-nuclear precision weapons along with developing missile defense systems could nullify all earlier nuclear arms reduction agreements and upset the strategic balance,” he claimed; an obvious but indirect reference to U.S. policy in the region. “Russia will respond to all those challenges, both political and technological. No one should have an illusion that it's possible to achieve a military superiority over Russia.”

Even while openly blasting the rest of the world for steadily demolishing traditional values and norms, Putin — somewhat ironically, perhaps — celebrated his regime’s efforts to merge the world’s formerly independent nations together under a single global system. Russia, he claimed, does “not aspire to be called some kind of superpower.” Instead, Putin explained, his regime has been hard at work facilitating so-called “international law, common sense and the logic of peace.” The Obama administration, of course, has been doing the same thing, albeit from a different angle.

Earlier this year, while Obama was banging the war drums, Putin — with plenty of help from the establishment press — publicly posed as the adult in the room. In a piece he wrote for the New York Times addressed to Americans, he blatantly pushed the convergence narrative, dishonestly suggesting that the alternatives were either global submission to “international law” and the United Nations, or never-ending war led by corrupt, bloodthirsty, and out-of-control American politicians. Countless people around the world have fallen for the transparent deception.

“We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law,” Putin claimed, seizing the opportunity to paint himself and the UN as the reasonable voices, as contrasted with Obama’s idiotic statements and threats — and the United States, by extension. “We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today's complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not.”

In his December 12 “state of the nation” speech, Putin outlined the same bogus choices allegedly confronting humanity. “In Syria, the international community has had to make a fateful choice: Either we slide towards further erosion of the foundations of the international system, to the principle of might makes right and to the proliferation of chaos — or we make responsible collective decisions,” he claimed. In other words, the two options, at least in Putin’s purported view, include submission to global governance under the UN, or national sovereignty and the alleged barbarism it brings about.

If the world is turning against the traditional values Putin claims to hold so dear — and there is no doubt that many Western governments and the UN have been at the forefront of the anti-morality machinations — why would the Russian president demand global obedience to those same forces? In reality — while Putin seeks to portray himself as opposed to the international establishment seeking what its luminaries often refer to as the “New World Order” — vast amounts of evidence suggest the Russian president, like his murderous ally ruling over China, is deeply intertwined with the effort.

On both sides of the supposed “East-West” divide, for example, top functionaries are working fiendishly toward so-called “convergence.” They are doing it openly, in fact. The goal: centralized power. The Communist Chinese regime, meanwhile, similarly points to very real abuses and atrocities carried out by Washington, D.C., in its absurd effort to paint itself as some sort of guardian of human rights. The Russian and Chinese governments are now regularly holding massive joint military exercises, too — at least when Obama is not hosting them on U.S. soil for exercises with American troops.

Indeed, there is so much evidence that the alleged “East-West” divide is manufactured for public consumption, there is virtually no way the absurd theater could be perpetuated without the aid of the increasingly discredited establishment press. Consider: The regimes ruling Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa, and mainland China (the BRICS) recently reiterated their call for global government under the UN and a single global currency managed by a planetary central bank. Of course, Western leaders are all openly and admittedly working toward the same agenda.

Meanwhile, despite the widely accepted narrative surrounding the alleged “collapse” of communism, many of the same ruthless figures overseeing the Soviet dictatorship still dominate the levers of power in today’s Russia — crony-capitalist oligarchs, for example, government bosses, and more. Aside from those inconvenient facts, there are also the warnings issued by key defectors from the USSR regime; men like Anatoliy Golitsyn, who exposed the communist strategies of disinformation and long-term deception in his landmark books.

What is currently underway in Ukraine offers an excellent example of the deception at work behind the scenes. Amid the march toward “convergence,” openly admitted by top officials from “East” and “West,” Ukrainians are essentially being presented with two bad choices by the establishment. Option one: Join the increasingly out-of-control European Union and submit to rule by unaccountable institutions in Brussels, many of which are packed with “former” communists. Option two: cozy up closer to Moscow, Putin, and the “Eurasian Union” they are erecting.

Either way, freedom and sovereignty are not on the menu, and the “convergence” agenda will march on. Putin is no more the guardian of “traditional morality” than the Obama administration or the dictator-dominated UN serve as genuine protectors of human rights. Instead, increasingly out in the open, their agendas are almost identical. The primary difference, in fact, is the public rhetoric spewed for consumption by the masses. If Americans do not put a stop to the charade, the real “morality” of KGB operatives such as Putin — as opposed to the "values" of their bogus public characters — could well end up imposed on the entire world.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: convergence; putin
What could Americans expect from Putin who places Christianity on a higher level that does the cretin occupying the White Hut? He, at least, sees the inherent evil in homosexuality and the necessity for the state to acknowledge the importance of church and synagogue.
1 posted on 12/20/2013 5:17:22 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen
Vladimir Putin is a strong advocate of that treasured Christian practice of abandoning one's wife to live in sin with an employee the same age as his daughters.

Spare us the KGB propaganda.

2 posted on 12/20/2013 5:21:46 AM PST by wideawake
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To: IbJensen

2013 will be remembered as the year that
Egypt and Russia showed more FREEDOM and sanity
than the entire US Congress and its pRes_ _ent.


3 posted on 12/20/2013 5:24:11 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: IbJensen

Whether or not Putin is playing geopolitics I’m glad someone is saying this.


4 posted on 12/20/2013 5:29:37 AM PST by skeeter
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To: IbJensen

we’re living in the bizarro-verse


5 posted on 12/20/2013 5:32:35 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: IbJensen

When Obama engages Putin in a battle of wits he does it unarmed.


6 posted on 12/20/2013 5:37:13 AM PST by AU72
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To: wideawake

Putin is a tyrant...who looks out for the strategic interests of his nation. And he’s pretty good at it.

0bama wants to be a tyrant, and doesn’t give a damn about the strategic interests of his nation.

Putin uses 0bama as his international monkey-boy.


7 posted on 12/20/2013 5:38:04 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: henkster
0bama wants to be a tyrant, and doesn’t give a damn about the strategic interests of his nation.

It's a paradox I agree.

8 posted on 12/20/2013 5:40:41 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: henkster

Bump to your comment.

Very very well put.

Obama is fighting in large part, what he should be defending and protecting.

Putin for whatever are his faults, appears to be genuinely working for his own country.

I sure with Obama were.


9 posted on 12/20/2013 5:40:55 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, bring him back!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

(wish)

Sheesh. Sorry for my typing.


10 posted on 12/20/2013 5:42:31 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, bring him back!)
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To: IbJensen

The New American nuts defending radical Islam, perversion and the commie Obuma all in one article. Guess I’ve seen it all now.


11 posted on 12/20/2013 5:45:39 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: henkster
Traditionally, Russians have believed that the more powerful their executive is, the stronger Russia is as a nation.

Traditionally, Americans have believed that the more powerful their executive is, the weaker America is as a nation.

Putin's hunger for power is therefore seen as positive for Russia, while Obama's hunger for power is bad for America.

12 posted on 12/20/2013 5:46:38 AM PST by wideawake
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To: sergeantdave

Read the first sentence over again, Sarge.


13 posted on 12/20/2013 5:50:20 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: wideawake

The Russians are an odd lot. They crave “order” because they fear “chaos.” And given a lack of strong leadership, Russians tend to be rather chaotic, which is perhaps their “state of nature.” So yes, the tradition of a strong leader is alive and well in Russia.

The American tradition is changing. We once shunned a strong executive, as that meant a strong government. Now, the people seem to want a strong government that will “take care of them.” The fact that it necessarily leads to a strong executive seems to have become an acceptable consequence to many Americans.


14 posted on 12/20/2013 5:57:35 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: IbJensen

Putin is such a prude .... I bet he even thinks NAMBLA is a bad idea. /s


15 posted on 12/20/2013 6:05:53 AM PST by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: IbJensen

Read the entire article, Ib.


16 posted on 12/20/2013 6:13:15 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: IbJensen

NEVER trust a commie.

NEVER!


17 posted on 12/20/2013 6:42:29 AM PST by Flintlock ( islam is a LIE, mohammed was a CRIMINAL, shira is POISON.)
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To: IbJensen

I don’t recall who said it, but I remember in the 70s someone stating the USA and the USSR would pass each other (politically and culturally) going in opposite directions. Looks like he/she was right.


18 posted on 12/20/2013 8:16:30 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Flintlock

Say what you want about Putin, but a Commie he is not.


19 posted on 12/20/2013 8:17:34 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Flintlock
Exactly right.

And Putin is more than your garden variety Communist.

He was not just a generic party member in the Soviet Union (and only a minority of Russians were party members - you had work to get that membership card).

He was a KGB man.

And not only was he a KGB man, he was the one who was tasked with "coordinating" KGB activities with the East German Stasi.

In other words, he was the puppet master of the most fanatical and intrusive secret police force on earth.

One of the projects he was likely working on before the Wall feel was the plan by the Stasi to place their own operatives as leaders of "responsible" pro-democracy factions in order to maintain control even if the regime was forced to concede power.

That plan failed in Berlin.

But it has worked in Moscow.

20 posted on 12/20/2013 8:18:22 AM PST by wideawake
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To: JimRed

May have been Solzhenitsyn. He saw the fall of the West because of its’ decadence, and tried to warn us.


21 posted on 12/20/2013 8:19:18 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
He was a full member of the Communist Party for 20 years and never resigned.

When the KGB hardliners wanted an open coup against Yeltsin, he retired early so he would not have to side with either the Communists or the democrats - he decided to wait it out and see who won, rather than stand up for free government.

His Communist Party membership ended only when the party was formally dissolved.

22 posted on 12/20/2013 8:50:40 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

For an ambitious politician, what other choice did he have, they were the only game in town.

If the Czar were still in power, or the Mensheviks, he would have served them, just the same.


23 posted on 12/20/2013 8:55:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: wideawake
We're all sinners. Does this mean that what is actually happening in Russia isn't?

I'm no Fatima conspiracy believer, but truly, Russia has spread her errors throughout the world.

24 posted on 12/20/2013 9:13:44 AM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: dfwgator
Don't put Solzhenitsyn too high on a pedestal either.

He opposed making it legal for Evangelical or Catholic clergy to move to Russia.

He was an opponent of Communism from the perspective of deep Russian nationalism - one of his often expressed criticisms of Communism is that it submerged the "Russian spirit" in an international movement.

He saw American freedom of speech and freedom of enterprise as too extreme but preferable, on balance, compared to the excessive repression of the Soviet era.

His preferred system was an autocratic government with a lighter hand than the Soviet one but a much heavier hand than the historic US one.

25 posted on 12/20/2013 9:13:58 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Patriotic1
Does this mean that what is actually happening in Russia isn't?

What is "actually" happening?

The Russian state condemns certain kinds of immorality - but also provides more free abortions per capita than any government in the world.

The Putin position has less to do with authentic Christian morality (which recognizes the intrinsic evil of all such acts) and more to do with reinforcing the image of the "tough Russian" that he wants to project.

Even as he presides over prisons where this activity is an enforcement tool and a military with a long history of "hazing" (to put it politely).

26 posted on 12/20/2013 9:24:26 AM PST by wideawake
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To: dfwgator
For an ambitious politician, what other choice did he have, they were the only game in town.

So, in other words, you argue that Putin will put on any face in order to grab more power.

If that's the case, and he was never a true believer despite the enormous lengths he went to, why should he be admired?

He is either a man with evil principles (a Communist) or no principles (an opportunist).

27 posted on 12/20/2013 9:28:10 AM PST by wideawake
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To: dfwgator

Solzhenitsyn also gave us this one, what we have to remember when the SHTF.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”


28 posted on 12/20/2013 9:34:53 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: wideawake
or no principles (an opportunist).

Which describes 99.9% of all politicians across the globe.

29 posted on 12/20/2013 9:39:40 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Which describes 99.9% of all politicians across the globe.

Correct.

Therefore, Putin should be viewed as just another power hungry politician, not as some noble hero.

30 posted on 12/20/2013 9:56:35 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake
Therefore, Putin should be viewed as just another power hungry politician, not as some noble hero.

No argument from me there. But is he all that much worse than others out there?

31 posted on 12/20/2013 10:13:02 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: wideawake
... while Obama's hunger for power is bad for America.

Gee, that couldn't have anything to do with the fact that when he usurps it, he totally f's it up, could it ?

32 posted on 12/20/2013 2:01:38 PM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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