Now that he is in effect
He just picks a number, a number to his liking, and sure enough the official tally will echo it down to the decimal point.
(Hey, seven is a lucky number! Let's use a couple of them!) It's like the terrible old days when all-wise, all-knowing Uncle Joe was in charge of stuffing the ballot boxes across all of
Comrade Putin was so sure of a victory this year that he didn't allow his No. 1 opponent on the ballot.
Or should that be, he didn't allow his No. 1 opponent on the ballot, so he was certain of victory?
Some democracy they have in
Mayor Daley the First, who was so popular that even the dead were recorded as voting for him, was a piker compared to the current Tsar of all the Russias. Here in these only sporadically
But in the home of Russian autocracy whether that of tsar or commissar, a whole culture and civilization may be wiped out at the whim of its brutal masters. Again and again. It might pay to examine the roots of so vast and regularly repealed a cataclysm in search of its cause and, perhaps one golden day, its cure.
The Russian poetess
This whole process became known, in pseudo-Marxist ideology, as giving history a push in the politically correct direction. For dreadful example, just look and see what is happening on too many college campuses in this country. Mandelstam wept bitter tears over what was being done to her country and indeed her whole national heritage, but she refused to stop fighting. The cultural vandals were ransacking what had made
"Nothing can be predicted with certainty: people could even forget how to read altogether and books molder away to dust. We might even stop talking with each other and communicate only by emitting call signs or bloodcurdling war cries. Sometimes I think this is what we are coming to. We did, after all, learn to speak in a lying code language designed to conceal our real thoughts. One's descendants pay for such things by losing the power of articulate speech altogether, caterwauling instead like fans at a football game."
G od forgive those who have brought Mother Russia to such an ugly pass. But lest we forget, God's nature is to forgive. We mere mortals, however, can forgive these crimes against past and future. But can we ever forgive ourselves for allowing such things to happen? Let's hope so. For where there is forgiveness, there is hope for a brighter and braver future -- for the Russians and for all the world.