Republicans Praising Putin Prove One Thing — They’ve Officially Lost Their Minds

putinBeing someone who follows politics daily, I read a lot of things that are really “out there.”  And being a liberal it’s natural that I oppose most Republican ideology, because most of the time it just doesn’t make sense.

But as I look back several years ago, even during our worst disagreements, I could find some kind of common ground when debating Republicans.  There was at least a veil of sanity there and some level-headedness with which we could find some sort of compromise.

Then Barack Obama became president and everything changed.  It sent them into a spiral of denial, delusion and irrationality I’ve never seen before.

I mean, facts and reality simply don’t matter to these people now.  The debt ceiling (to Republicans) is about new spending and no amount of indisputable facts you can show them will change their minds.

You can list all the things “Obamacare” does, and they’ll like most of them, but still—they think the law is terrible.

Heck, many Republicans blame President Obama for our economic collapse even though it happened before he ever became president.

President Obama (at the same point in his presidency) has taken fewer vacation days, used fewer executive orders and started fewer wars (zero to be exact) than George W. Bush—yet to Republicans, Obama is the “Vacationer in Chief,” or “a tyrant abusing the power of the executive order” or a “warmonger.”

Even as it relates to our economy, corporate profits are at highs not seen in years, executive pay is at an all-time high, yet job creation is slower than economists expected.

But that’s Obama’s fault.  It’s not the fault of the greedy companies that are making record profits and paying their executives record salaries—it’s Obama’s fault.  Because that makes sense.

Nearly everything these people have done the last few years has ranged from blatant stupidity to borderline treason.

But nothing compares to the absolute ridiculousness I’ve seen this past week following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times.

Many Republicans are praising Putin.  That is how much they hate President Obama.  That is how partisan and delusional these people have become.

They’re so full of hate and ignorance that they’re essentially taking the side of the Russian president over their own.

A Russian president who invaded the country of Georgia, is a former member of the KGB, has a somewhat friendly relationship with Iran, supports Assad’s regime in Syria (yes, the same regime which used chemical weapons to murder women and children), criminalizes homosexuals, potentially rigged his last election and goes out of his way to do photo-ops where he’s often seen shirtless hunting or fishing.

They’re praising his op-ed as some “jab” at President Obama.  Hell, I’ve seen many Republicans say Putin is the one who played Obama, instead of what I believe happened—Obama played Putin.

They’ve just absolutely lost their damn minds.  Somehow supporting the Russian president over your own makes you a “patriot.”  Somehow, in their warped mind, a man who’s backing a regime in Syria which has killed over 100,000 people makes sense.

Just—what the hell is wrong with these people?

They’re praising the Russian president while attacking our own.

Not because of anything Putin said in his op-ed.  Because let’s be real — that thing was a pile of propagandized garbage.  The hypocrisy within the entire thing was at best a sick joke, and anyone who took it seriously should be ashamed for allowing themselves to be played like fools.

But they’re praising him simply because the letter was an attempt at a “slap to the face” of President Obama.

The letter more or less mocked Americans as “nothing special.”  And I’m not saying we are, but Republicans sure as hell think we are.

“We’re American dammit, the best country on earth!”  “Love it or leave it!”  Isn’t that what they say?

But because Putin’s op-ed was meant to take a shot at President Obama over Syria, many Republicans loved it.  

Just think about that for a moment.  The Russian president wrote a letter that mocked Americans and blatantly insulted the President of the United States–yet Republicans praised him for it.

“Proud, patriotic Republicans” taking the side of a Russian president mocking the United States and our president.

These people have just simply lost their damn minds.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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