When I was growing up, having animosity for Russia was considered to be a very “conservative” thing to do. Ronald Reagan told us that the USSR was an “evil empire”, and he was quite correct. Unspeakable atrocities were committed behind the Iron Curtain for decades, and when the USSR finally fell apart it was a great victory for freedom. Russia has changed dramatically since that era, and most of the changes have been for the better. Of course there are still things that go on in Russia that are evil, and I will elaborate on that below. But overall, there is far more freedom in Russia today than there was under the communists of the USSR.
So why do Democrats and the mainstream media now hate Russia far more than they ever hated the USSR?
The answer is actually very simple. Those on the left intend to use the power of government to impose the “values” of the western-led world order on the entire planet. Most of the world is willingly going along with the program, but Russia is one country that has stood up and firmly resisted this agenda. In fact, Russia has even gone so far as to change their constitution in order to ensure that the “values” of western liberal elitists will never dominate their society.
Needless to say, this has absolutely infuriated western liberal elitists.
But it wasn’t always this way.
If you go back to the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney was strongly criticized by Democrats and by the mainstream media for suggesting that Russia is “our number one geopolitical foe”…
A decade ago, Mitt Romney went on CNN and made a statement that was widely perceived as a major mistake. “Russia, this is, without question, our number one geopolitical foe,” Romney, who would be the Republican presidential nominee in the 2012 race against President Barack Obama, told Wolf Blitzer in March of that year. “They — they fight every cause for the world’s worst actors.”
In fact, during the last presidential debate Barack Obama was widely praised for telling Romney that “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back”…
In the third presidential debate between the two candidates in October 2012, Obama went directly after Romney for that remark. “When you were asked, ‘What’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America,’ you said ‘Russia.’ Not al Qaeda; you said Russia,” Obama said. “And, the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
But once we got to 2016, everything had changed.
Democrats were suddenly telling us that Russia was enemy number one, they were insisting that the Russians were interfering in our elections, and they even accused Donald Trump of being a Russian agent.
If you can believe it, they are still accusing Donald Trump of being a Russian agent. Earlier today, an article entitled “It’s time to admit the obvious: Donald Trump sure is acting like a Russian agent” was posted on MSNBC.
So what changed between 2012 and 2016?
Well, in 2013 the Russians passed a law that banned all forms of gay propaganda that are directed at children. The following comes from Wikipedia…
The Russian federal law “for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values,” also referred to in English-language media as the gay propaganda law and the anti-gay law, is a bill that was unanimously approved by the State Duma on 11 June 2013 (with just one MP abstaining—Ilya Ponomarev), and was signed into law by President Vladimir Putin on 30 June 2013. The Russian government’s stated purpose for the law is to protect children from being exposed to homosexuality—content presenting homosexuality as being a norm in society—under the argument that it contradicts traditional family values. The statute amended the country’s child protection law and the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses, to prohibit the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” among minors. This definition includes materials that “raises interest in” such relationships, cause minors to “form non-traditional sexual predispositions”, or “[present] distorted ideas about the equal social value of traditional and non-traditional sexual relationships.”
Almost overnight, Russia suddenly became the most hated global enemy of western elitists.
And then in 2020, Russian voters approved a constitutional amendment which permanently defined marriage as “a union between one man and one woman”…
Russian voters supported a national referendum defining marriage exclusively as a union between one man and one woman. The referendum, which included more than 200 constitutional amendments, also paves the way for Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 if he so chooses. The proposals, voted on by the public over the past seven days, were supported by more than two-thirds of voters, though the opposition maintains that the referendum was rigged from the start.
Once that happened, there was no going back.
Western elitists decided that Russia must be destroyed, and the war drums haven’t stopped since.
Abortion is another issue that has driven a wedge between western powers and Russia.
Today, abortions for any reason are still legal in Russia up until the 12th week, and that is unspeakably evil.
And abortions are also legal at more advanced stages of pregnancy for more limited reasons.
But in 2020, Vladimir Putin started to make a push “to improve abortion prevention strategies”.
And in 2021, he instituted a program that is designed to cut the number of abortions in half by 2025…
Russia’s government has approved measures aimed at halving the number of abortions carried out in the country before 2025, according to a document published on its website. The plan is part of the government’s latest long-term blueprint for improving the demographic situation in the country through 2025, amid a recently resumed decline in population growth after a decade of sluggish but stable increases.
So those are moves in the right direction, but of course those moves also give western elitists even more reasons to hate Putin.
What a role reversal we have witnessed over the decades.
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan could honestly assert that our society was morally superior to the USSR, and he was right.
But today, Russia has a society that appears to be morally superior to our own.
Of course we have fallen a whole lot further than Russia has come up, but it is still hard to believe that I am writing such a thing.
Because the USSR was truly one of the most evil empires in the history of humanity.
Ultimately, the United States and Russia are both evil today, but the few shreds of decency that exist in Russia are enough to make western elitists hate them with an undying hatred.
So if you were wondering why Democrats and the mainstream media are so eager to see Russia destroyed, now you know the rest of the story.