Critics of the War in Iraq were muzzled and ridiculed, while openly admiring Putin is now a GOP staple
I have attended a few protests in my day. The most important, and by far the largest, was in early 2003 when a bunch of friends and I went to the Iraq War protest in Toronto, along with a million other people who did not want to see the United States invade and occupy Iraq, despite knowing how insane Saddam Hussein was as the country’s dictator. The long game of occupation and the death toll that would accompany it seemed obvious to us.
But the run-up to the war was especially telling, especially in media.
Why do Democrats want you to hate Putin? Has Putin shipped every middle class job in your town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked your business? Is he teaching your kids to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl? Does he eat dogs? pic.twitter.com/xYEvapjbNT
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 23, 2022
Speaking out against the war cost longtime talk show host Phil Donahue his career. Media outlets morphed into the PR wing for the government and showed such loyalty to the Bush Administration that they even went to prison rather than give up the source that lied to them. America decided to do away with criticism and plunged into a nightmare that lasted nearly twenty years, and will be felt by civilians in that region for decades to come.
— Jimmy Dore (@jimmy_dore) January 12, 2020
For what it’s worth, back then Republicans knew what a dictator was, and they were never too shy to tell the world exactly how they felt. That is in stark contrast to what the party has become; a self-serving, corrupt clown-car whose loyalty to the Big Orange Daddy means that many of them are not just watering down Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, but overtly supporting it.
Russia news provides a platform for objective journalism where Canadian msm creates fabrications
— Randy Hillier (@randyhillier) February 7, 2022
Oh, that’s another thing. Remember Russia? Remember how after the cold war the GOP remained steadfast that Russia was and will always be the enemy. Remember in 2010 when Obama negotiated with the Russians the completion of START treaty, a measure meant to reduce the nuclear arms of both countries? Many republicans hated the idea, calling it capitulation and a gift to the Russians. In 2017, when Trump was about to be inaugurated, Republicans polled said they preferred Putin to Obama as leader by a factor of 4 to 1.
Donald Trump Says Putin is Smart and ‘Our Leaders Are Dumb’ in CPAC Speech https://t.co/BgZZuoHn2U
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 27, 2022
Today, they are bending over backwards for Putin, all because Joe Biden is president, and because their Big Orange Daddy still has a powerful man-crush on the Russian dictator. Moreover, as the straw poll at this year’s CPAC convention just taught us, conservative voters in America still favour Trump over every other potential republican candidate.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 27, 2022
Until this era is over, many of us will be screaming at the top of our lungs that the real culprit is the hyper-polarized times we live in, mixed with a heavy portion of political opportunism. Add to that an incompetent Democratic Party and you have a teeter-totter of political theatre, one that has clearly prioritized power over the stability of the nation.
Especially when Americans continue to give credence to the most damaging public figure the world has ever se4en.
Yesterday, Trump’s popularity was once again front and centre. The man who openly gave Putin a reach-around every time he spoke publicly about the tyrant, who bragged to Russian diplomats how awesome he was for firing Jim Comey, who was impeached and heralded by almost every non-Republican as easily the worst president in modern history, is the favourite among the GOP, all while Ukraine fights for its very survival against the dictator Trump loves so very, very much.
This isn’t Iraq, where Bush administration officials would leak stories themselves, then go on television to talk about those leaked stories as if they weren’t the sources. Everything today is in plain sight, including the petulant former president and the minions who still follow his orange snail trail around the country.
The people of Ukraine are fighting for their lives right now, and the disjointed support they receive from America is a sign that the Trump Effect will probably linger until after the 2024 election has been decided. Until then, Ukraine, ми з тобою.