H/T smokingscot for this map of the world’s preferences for the US presidency. Click on the map and you can vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
With 282,000 votes so far from all around the world, it seems like us Brits want Trump to win. So do Ozzies and Kiwis (but not Canadians). So do the Germans. And the Russians too.
Last week I asked Dmitry Kosyrev – a Russian journalist, sinologist, and smoking activist with whom I’ve exchanged emails over the past few years – if he’d like to contribute a Russian perspective on current events for my blog. He sent me a recent article of his:
RUSSIANS ARE FOR TRUTH, NOT FOR TRUMP
“Not at all”: that’s the correct response to the question “Does Russia (and Russians) want to see Donald Trump elected President of the USA?”.
Nevertheless, Trump is a darling of almost each and every Russian.
The logic here is as follows: we love him speaking out, not becoming elected. The essence of the Trump phenomenon is that this is a guy who says the obvious things, things that many people, in and out of the US, know anyway, but were unable or too depressed to pronounce them. Just hearing these previously unspeakable things sends shock waves all over the world.
The thing is, Russians have that (unhealthy?) love for “truth”, whatever it is. The most popular quotation of all the post-Soviet period is: “what’s power, brother? I’d say that power is in (speaking) the truth”. That trashy movie, “The Brother”, has become kind of iconic thanks to that quotation out of a scene from there.
Hillary, for us, is about lies. Russians hate being lied to, especially in the face. We know firsthand that the West has brought a ludicrous government to Kiev through an illegal coup in 2014, the government that began instantly a war in the East of Ukraine, with ensuing bombings of residential quarters. We know it because every Russian calls his friends and relatives in Ukraine and knows what they think and what they experience.
We knew firsthand that Crimeans, overwhelmingly and year after year, were asking Moscow to take them back to Russia – we knew it, because we go to Crimea’s beaches for a swim and talk to people there. So what does that Hillary mean, saying things about a “Kalashnikov referendum’. It was someone called David Cameron, you say? What’s the difference.
Liars are disgusting us. Especially so, when lies are becoming a habit. As my friend Mary (incidentally, Foreign Minstry’s spokeslady) is saying, “is there any natural or unnatural disaster in the world for which Russia is not responsible?”. Jihadists at Aleppo board a van and burn a humanitarian convoy, leaving a trail on cameras: Russian planes are to blame. Somebody hacked the Democratic Party mails: Russia is to blame.
But wait a minute, why not hack that mail and help The Donald, if he’s our candidate? The problem is, he’s only our national hero, and that’s not the same thing. We like him for what he does now – he gives them hell.
Old school ties help me to know what Kremlin thinks about who is our candidate in that election, and it’s not Trump.
Not that anyone in political circles of Russia likes Hillary. She is ugly, and she is the candidate of globalism, with its merciless global brainwashing. But the Kremlin boys are saying privately that they know her inside out. We know all these plots the Democrats may hatch, all the lies they may say, looking us into the eyes. And we approximately know what America will do under Hillary: it will go on with its soft downslide. It will go on being dangerous, but so far we have withstood all the pressure and gained a lot in resisting it, in economy which has reset and revived itself thanks to sanctions, or in foreign policy, like in the Middle East where we had the courage to support the civilized part of Syria against the head cutters. So Hillary is a well-known evil, and nothing else, you may easily say “no” to her. China, hating her guts too, will help along, if need be.
But nobody in Moscow knows how to deal with President Trump and how to say “no” to him. Besides, in spite of his jumbled speech, one can see what’s his economic program or at least general views of it. Trump wants to re-establish America as the global producer. If he’s lucky, if Europe elects similar people to top positions, as it does all the time recently, Trump may yet revive America after several turbulent years. Do we want strong America again? Or do we want the current lying, but not all-powerful America? That’s a big question.
And, finally. Tobacco lies is, generally speaking, Hillary and the Democrats with their lobbies, intent on their globalist onslaught. Not that the Non-Smoking Donald is interested in smoker’s rights, he has other problems to attend to. But there is hope that all lies will crumble down too, if (when) the whole liberal evil empire crumbles down. If Hillary wins, then things will move in the same direction, but very slowly.
So, whatever my Kremlin friends may say, I’d vote for Donald and his European brothers and sisters, at least for that reason.
So here’s a Russian telling us that Russians love Trump – because he’s a truth-teller. And detest Clinton – because she isn’t. But she’s a known quantity, and he isn’t. And so the professionals in the Kremlin would actually prefer to deal with her. The same is probably true of every government in the world. If Donald Trump get elected in November, there are going to be wails of anguish from every government – because they’ll know they’ll have their work cut out dealing with him.
I’m always interested in what other people think. I wish I had a few Chinese and Indian correspondents. I’m sure they could write interesting stuff too.