Why Republicans’ Newfound Trust in Russia is Scary

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How have Republicans gone from thinking that Russia poses the number one geopolitical threat to the U.S., to claiming that they do good things and can be trusted? How have Democrats like Obama gone from castigating Mitt Romney’s anti-Russian comments to suddenly becoming a bastion for anti-Russian rhetoric along with throwing out Russian diplomats from the U.S.? The answer is partisanship. The ‘One Man Can Solve All’ attitude promulgated by the Obama administration has sprung a reactionary cult in Trumpism that flirts with a level of authoritarianism that hasn’t been seen in modern political history. People stand by their candidates and whatever they say, which is a very scary thing to see in America because it lacks the ideological backbone that has set our nation apart.

One of the core issues with Trump and the ‘Alt-Right’ is that they have no regard for limited government and constitutional principles, but are rather a reaction to Obama’s legacy of big government, but only now, they want those powers to work for them.

Putin is no friend to the United States. He’s spent his time expanding his boarders into Crimea, Ukraine, Georgia, and has even installed a military presence in Syria. Putin seems to want to almost get back at the United States and the West for the 1990s and the end to the Soviet Union by increasing their territory. Putin sees the land surrounding him as a geopolitical chessboard, and he hopes to play Trump like a pawn, making him do as he pleases. Trump has made no moves to back off on his Putin rear-kissing, he said,”Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done — whether you like him or don’t like him — he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period,” Trump told Larry King on CNN.

Trump has even made a pro-Russian selection in Rex Tillerson at Secretary of State. As I said on the podcast coming out in a few days, my problem is not with Tillerson, as I understand he runs Exxon Mobil and has to do business where the oil is, but with Trump because he literally could have chosen anyone other than the guy who is only known for his oil deal with Russia at Sec. of State.

Something innate to American political culture is ideological consistency. As I scroll through my twitter feed or flick on CNN, I see time-after-time the apologist rhetoric for Russia coming from conservatives. We need to stop, and we need to stop now. The time is not for kissing up to who’s in power, but to set ideological consistency in our foreign policy, and to hold Trump’s feet to the fire.

-Andrew Skibbie

2 Comments

  1. I agree with your basic premise, but wonder about the Republicans who don’t support Trump in this area, people like John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and even Paul Ryan (at least some of the time). How can we support the Republicans who don’t support Trump’s crazy ideas?

    • Hopefully there can be a discernment between the Republicans that kiss up to Trump’s foolish Russian rhetoric and those who stand on their ideological and traditional Republican lines. (Like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, and hopefully Paul Ryan). Then, I think we can choose to hold Trump’s feet to the fire on Russia.

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