That’s right, the same folks who claim President Obama is a closet Communist are giddy over former Communist Party member and KGB operative, Vlad the Invader, who has reinvented himself into the dictionary definition of a fascist.
Putin is “what you call a leader,” gushed Rudy Giuliani.
The right wing website Breitbart.com said Putin’s prosecution of gays protects “traditional values,” which MDJ columnist Pat Buchanan seconded when he asked if Putin “is one of us?”
“Putin sees himself as a macho man (strong),” added Fox’s Bill O’Reilly. “The president sees himself as a Renaissance man (weak)…”
Back in the day, Vlad’s KGB made sure anyone who stood up to the Communists got a one-way ticket to Siberia.
Now that he’s made himself president again, Putin knows exactly how to deal with Russians who challenge his dictatorial style; people like the young women of Pussy Riot, for example, or opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whom Putin tried to jail last year on a trumped up corruption charge.
Whenever he finds himself in a tight spot, such as watching neighboring Ukrainians ousting their corrupt, Putin-backed leader, Vlad plays the nationalism card, tapping the innate Slavic mistrust of all things foreign, knowing few media types will say he’s full of borsht.
Issa’s background is less unsavory having only been accused of grand theft auto, a charge he beat. But he has repeatedly demonstrated himself as someone who, like Putin, is prepared to abuse his power as House Oversight Committee chairman.
Since 2010, Issa has done little but conduct partisan fishing expeditions into non-scandals in the hopes of impeaching President Obama. And much like Putin, he muzzles those who refuse to bend to his will. When he’s in a jam, Issa blames Democrats or the mythical “liberal media” knowing Fox News has his back.
While Putin enriched himself during his tenure, Issa’s showboating has generated big campaign contributions from Obama-hating interests and given the California congressman a national profile, albeit one that will, like his investigations, lead him nowhere.
We saw Issa in action when he abruptly terminated his investigation into the IRS non-scandal after retired official Lois Lerner exercised her Fifth Amendment rights because she received vicious death threats, which the FBI is now investigating.
“You know how risky it can be in this country,” said Lerner’s attorney, William Taylor III, who offered Issa Lerner’s private deposition. “One of the reasons we were attempting to find some common ground with the committee was to avoid a public appearance.”
Issa wasn’t interested in a deposition. He wanted Lerner to publically take the Fifth so she would appear guilty of wrongdoing. When she did, he quickly pounded his gavel.
But Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, had something to say about Issa’s kangaroo court — something the chairman didn’t want Americans to hear.
Just as Putin might do in the Duma, Russia’s parliament, Issa summarily ordered Cummings’ microphone shut off.
Such antics might be commonplace in Putin’s fascist Russia, but it was a shameful moment for America. Issa wiped his feet on the Constitution and defiled the memory of all those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of liberty.
“Mr. Chairman, you cannot run a committee like this,” boomed the mic-less Cummings. “We have now interviewed 38 (IRS) employees, who have all told us the same thing. The White House did not direct this or even know about it at the time it was occurring. … The (IRS) Inspector General Russell George (testified) he found no evidence of any White House involvement, or political motivation.”
In attempting to silence Cummings, Issa showed his wing of the Republican Party has much more in common with Putin’s regime than our American democracy.
Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.