When Russia passed its draconian anti-gay law recently, the far right homophobes all developed a new bromance with Russian President and frequently shirtless macho man, Vladimir Putin. A group which claims to “cure” gayness, Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality applauded when he signed the law saying that he was rejecting “the negative lesson of American [homosexual] decadence.”
Austin Ruse, president of the U.S. Based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute said, “You admire some of the things they’re doing in Russia against propaganda.” As if that wasn’t outrageous enough Scott Lively, the man who supported the Ugandan “kill the gays” bill said that American conservatives should move to Russia because, “Russia could become a model pro family society. I believe people from the West would begin to emigrate to Russia in the same way people used to emigrate to the United States and Europe.” Apparently he hasn’t gotten the memo telling him that Russia is in Europe.
That was bad enough, but now, as Maddow said on her show, the rest of the American right has joined them including the mainstream conservatives, not just the far right fringe. They have been fawning over him like a bunch of teeny boppers waiting for autographs outside the stage door after a Justin Bieber concert.
Maddow points out the insanity of these people, all of whom were hawks on every international issue until a short time ago, suddenly becoming doves and singing the praises of Putin and Assad while belittling President Obama — who they claim is being upstaged by them. It is unbelievable that our Congressmen would denigrate our President while singing the praises of despots such as Putin and Assad.
What Rachel doesn’t say, but should be said, is that we may not know what the President and John Kerry had in mind when they called for a strike on Syria after asking for assistance from Russia which Putin refused, until long after Obama’s term is over. Could it be that, contrary to what the right is saying, it was not Putin and Assad who played them, but rather the President and Kerry who played Putin and Assad? It was, after all, Kerry who suggested the plan in which we are currently engaged. Now suddenly Putin and Assad are admitting that there are, indeed, weapons they had both insisted did not exist before and offering to allow the international community to take control of them. Check and mate.
Watch Maddow challenge the electorate to send a message to these people in Congress who are so enamored of Putin a message in 2014.