Republicans — The Party of Q or Just Putin’s American Duma?

by | May 6, 2021 | Money and Politics, Opinions

Republicans — The Party of Q or Just Putin’s American Duma?

by | May 6, 2021 | Money and Politics, Opinions

With the congressional leadership of the Republican Party moving into lock-step with the edicts of Trump, are they actually starting to resemble Russia's Duma? The argument could be made that this is the obvious case.

With the congressional leadership of the Republican Party moving into lock-step with the edicts of Trump, are they actually starting to resemble Russia’s Duma? The argument could be made that this is the obvious case.

Let’s look at the comparisons.

The Duma, Russia’s legislative assembly, is in reality just a rubber stamp for whatever Putin wants. This is how a “law” was passed allowing him to stay in power until 2036. Of course, since it was a law passed by the Duma, we’re supposed to believe that he’s just so popular, blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile, Trump continues to spew about how 2020 was stolen from him. The current Republican leadership is toeing the same line, regardless of the absence of anything resembling evidence. But they are still trying to manufacture some with a ludicrous private “recount” by Qanon acolytes. But in a direct imitation of the Duma, Republican leadership just echoes Trump.

In Russia the concept of “independent journalism” no longer exists. After a few journalists got tossed off high buildings, that concept disappeared. Russian media is Putin media. Here, we have independent media still, but it—and the First Amendment that protects it—is under constant attacks by Trump and his cronies. The Trump media, FOX, OAN, Breitbart, etc., all spout the same script. It makes writing really easy—just cut and paste. But it is all his messaging and fact checkers needs not apply for work at these outlets.

The standard method of handing contrary information in Putin World is gaslight. For any negative message there is always a strong denial and then an “answer” in another direction no matter how ludicrous. In Trump World we have the stark reality of the January 6 Insurrection—really an attempted coup. Republicans are almost united now in their denial of it in the face of overwhelming evidence and terabytes of images, audio, videos, GPS information and witness testimony. Yet we are being asked to swallow that the fictional antifa was behind it. This is of course your typical Q-level conspiracy theory. And using conspiracy theories as a tool of government is the pattern of the despot or wannabe despot.

One of the big things that Putin has achieved in Russia is no opposition—surviving opposition at least. The most popular opposition leader, Alexie Navalny is barely alive, in prison and his movement is so suppressed that it has closed all of its offices. And this is in spite of a huge document drop by Navalny’s people documenting the monumental corruption of Putin on a personal level. Let’s be blunt. The Republican leadership has to be drooling at the very idea of doing something like this here. They are trying. It is an uphill battle for them, but they have been slowly flattening that hill. Florida’s governor just signed his state’s version of the return to Jim Crow anti-voting laws. You can’t yet jail your political enemies here on trumped up charges. But you can try to stop their supporters from voting for them.

In reality, many in the current Republican leadership hate Donal Trump’s guts. But they love his supporters because, let’s face it, they will believe just about anything. And if they can just keep those folks in their pockets till 2022, maybe they can get their power back—this is a massive encapsulation of their calculus.

In the fantastic series, The Newsroom, Aaron Sorkin ended season one by calling the Tea Party “the American Taliban.” Well, in that same fashion, the current Republican leadership should now be considered the American Duma, since in the end they serve Putin’s interests way ahead of America’s.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

May 17 2022

Documents Reveal How Drug Companies Targeted Doctors to Increase Opioid Prescriptions

A document trove shows firsthand how drug companies targeted doctors and used information purchased from data brokers to rank them and gain insight on how many of their...
May 16 2022

The Testing Lab That Missed 96% of Covid Cases

State and local officials across Nevada signed agreements with Northshore Clinical Labs, a COVID testing laboratory run by men with local political connections. There...
May 14 2022

The Facts Surrounding the U.S. Baby Formula Shortage

As Republican fear mongers like Elise Stefanik whip out conspiracy accusations and blame about the baby formula shortage, the real facts from a pediatrician are more...
May 13 2022

Rick Scott — Florida Man Gaslights Himself

Rick Scott has published an 11-point proposal to raise taxes on the poorest of Americans and set the stage to destroy Medicare and Social Security. But he now claims it...
May 12 2022

Tucker Carlson’s Fake Masculinity Crisis Is a Fascist History Lesson

Tucker Carlson is pulling from an old playbook as he stokes anxiety about a masculinity crisis that doesn’t actually exist.
May 12 2022

Watergate — A New History of the Abuse of White House Power

As the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in approaches, a recent book charts the transformation of the Nixon administration’s bungled burglary into a wake-up call...
May 11 2022

Baby Formula Has Become the Latest Supply Chain-Monopoly Battleground

Six states are seeing baby formula shortages of more than 50% and stores are limiting purchases to three or four per customer, with prices surging to $33 per can.
May 07 2022

Turning Back the Clock: Justice Alito’s Leaked Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Quotes a Witch Trial Judge

Justice Alito’s leaked opinion cites Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th-century jurist who conceived the notion that husbands can’t be prosecuted for raping their wives, who...
May 07 2022

Healthcare Profiteering: Medical Bills Force a Family to Get Care in Mexico

The Fierro family was trapped in a situation of being “functionally uninsured.” They have insurance, but their healthcare plan is expensive and they don’t have the...
May 06 2022

Fossil Fuel Democrats Join GOP Senators Trying to Prevent Biden From Declaring Climate Emergency

Though the Senate resolution is non-binding, it clearly shows the fear the fossil fuel industry has of impending actions to reverse the damage they are causing to our...
Subscribe for Updates!

Subscribe for Updates!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This