Russian Official States the Obvious- American Democracy Is Broken
Moscow (CNN)A top Russian lawmaker accused the Obama administration Saturday of undermining US democracy, saying Republicans had more trust in Russian President Vladimir Putin than in the Democrats.
Alexey Pushkov’s assertions in a series of tweets come in the wake of a US intelligence report pinpointing Russia and its leader as the culprit behind the hacking in the US presidential election.
Most of this Russian official’s comments are laughably hypocritical and boiler plate propaganda inside of Russia itself- America is not a true democracy, Democrats undermine democracy, US Intelligence cannot be trusted because of Bush/Iraq lies etc etc. But there is an underlying thread that is true- this is a new era of worldwide politics where national borders are essentially gone. They have disappeared. What we have now is an alliance of sub-cultures within national borders that are more aligned internationally than the traditional notions of the nation-state.
IMO, we are living now in post-democracy America. There really does not exist anymore the America that existed post-WW2. There is a sizable plurality (~35% of the total population) inside America that is essentially aligned with an autocratic Russia. This includes the incoming President, most of the Governors, most State Legislatures, and most of Congress. The worldwide oil cartel is the backbone of this alliance of former enemies, and without any regard for messy sideshow nonsense like promotion of democracy, human rights, free speech, etc etc. The 35% of Trump’s America feels more connected to the autocratic Putin than they do to the “gun-grabbing, global warming UN scam, elitist Liberals” inside America and democracies elsewhere.
Of course much of this Conservative/Russia alliance has little or nothing to do with actual reality- Putin’s own policies inside Russia would make him the worst Gun-grabbing, black-clad thug goose-stepping foot soldiers down Main Street, Fox News closing down, Godless anti-Christian “Liberal” our right wing has ever seen. But that doesn’t matter. What does matter is the appearance of “whiteness” as a cross-cultural bridge and a a weaponized disinformation structure useful to attack opposition and institutions inside America itself. This is a new reality that is not a mere anomaly. It is the new normal, and it is not going away. It will only proceed from here.