Here’s a really good article from Russia Insider on the ‘alt right’ in general and the adoration for Russia that generally comes out of the American alt-right.
Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of Vladimir Putin and something of a Russophile. I think there’s an idealized vision of Russia that many people in the West with a similar worldview to mine have. We think of an austere land where people have a strong connection to their folklore, faith and soil. A place that has never been touched by the hands of cultural marxism, neoliberalism and soulless consumerism. A place so cold and grim you have no other choice but to be strong.
Ok, so in reality Russia probably isn’t the right-wing wonderland that many people imagine but in practice they do act as a counterweight to a lot of the things that the US/Team West does in the world that we disagree with. Lots of places aren’t happy with our intervention, but Russia is about the only place in the world with the teeth to back up their disapproval.
Although I consider myself a good, red-blooded American I’ve found myself cheering Russia outfoxing our leaders several times in the past decade or so. Russia invaded Georgia? Probably not the nicest thing they could’ve done, but Georgia kinda had it coming and we shouldn’t have made any deal with Georgia to back them. We’re about to bomb the shit out of Syria? Putin stepped on Obama’s dick really, really hard and refused to back down. I truly believe that man deserved the Nobel Peace Prize (Vlad, not Obama!) for that and if I ever met the guy, I’d thank him for saving us from our leaders. Problems in the Ukraine? The Russian government called ours out on their hypocrisy and continue to do so – Putin has put our politicians on roast in quite a few of his public speeches….and many Americans like me laugh a long with it.
Sometimes it feels like this guy looks out for us more than our own politicians do….but in reality I know that he’s just looking out for Russia’s best interests….which amazingly enough, often aren’t too dissimilar. We’re concerned about terrorism and stability in the Middle East. We’re concerned about Europe’s economic health. Both nations are (or “were”) interested in space exploration. We both have mutual energy concerns. We are both beginning to look to the Pacific for our futures. We need to cooperate on the Arctic.
Although we have a lot of reasons for dialogue and cooperation, our leaders aren’t interested. The Bushes and Clinton administration honestly just kind of gave Russia the cold shoulder. This is maybe understandable given how recent the Cold War was, so I can see a reluctancy to get too cozy. Russia was also a complete basket case for most of this time though too…
The Obama admin has been outright hostile to Russia since her resurgence and challenge to *complete* US hegemony in the world. The whole Pussy Riot ordeal several years ago seemed like a concocted scheme to demonize Russia at a time when Putin had some really, really tough questions for Obama over Syria. I remember he cancelled a meeting over “humanitarian concerns”, i.e. in protest of the alleged treatment of LGBTQLMNOP Russians. I don’t use the “I was so embarrassed of my country!” statement lightly, but I was when Obama ranked the meeting with that bullshit excuse. I also recall a meeting that happened between Obama and Putin where he tried to stare down Putin – bitch, please! Putin would fuck you up!
Anyways, one of the big selling points of the Trump campaign to me is the idea of treating Russia like a friend or at least civilly. Every other candidate including Bernie Sanders has called for anywhere from increased sanctions and more mean words to Russia all the way up to World War III. Although Trump gets the “reckless” label, I really believe that Hillary would be a lot more likely to get us into a tangle with Russia.
As of very late Russia has been the boogeyman in Democrat circles, as they were just accused of leaking the emails that have been giving the DNC so much grief recently. They say that Putin’s people are endorsing Trump. While it’s probably a deflection tactic to see if they can get people worried about Russians over the content of the emails, I could see why Putin would want Trump in office, just because his foreign policy talking points are much less antagonistic towards Russia as the alternatives.
Putin has publicly stated that he wants no involvement in American internal affairs, but I don’t doubt that they would try something if they really wanted to affect the outcome. If Putin’s dudes are actively trying to take down Hillary, again, I’d like to thank him for saving us from our own politicians.