A lot of liberals have joked about Russian President Vladimir Putin being a bit of an icon for conservatives in the United States. His views on homosexuality mirror those of many conservative Christians in the U.S. and quite a few Republicans were heaping praise on him for his “strength” compared to the “weak” President Obama.
They were literally bragging about what a “strong leader” he was while lobbing partisan attacks at our own president. It was embarrassing and disgusting.
But why wouldn’t conservatives support Putin? Hell, from everything I’ve seen from the guy he’s exactly the kind of leader conservatives want.
He’s a “manly man” who goes out hunting with his shirt off to prove how “strong” he is. You know, kind of like how conservative gun advocates like to stroll around Chili’s with loaded AK-47’s. Or how they seem to think that the more guns they own, the more powerful they are.
Putin also strongly opposes homosexuality. Last year he essentially took the first steps toward making homosexuality illegal in Russia. It’s a process, you see. You can’t just come out and ban homosexuality. But if you slowly chip away at their rights, eventually you build up to the point where homosexuality is illegal.
Many conservative Americans believe homosexuals to be an abomination, oppose them having equal rights and even support laws that would legalize discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation.
Oh, and he loves to invade other counties. Just like they enjoy doing.
But now the latest law passed in Russia bans swear words in movies, the media, art and theatre.
Apparently this law is aimed at restoring “conservative values” back to Russia as opposed to the “liberal western culture.”
In other words, he’s a conservative trying to restore “conservative values” in the face of the “dirty liberal” culture that’s trying to “morally corrupt” society.
Think about it. Decades ago when we were much more conservative as a society, swear words were taboo. I remember my grandmother telling me about when Gone With the Wind came out there was a controversy over the fact that the word “damn” was used at the very end.
Needless to say, a lot has changed.
And what’s the driving force behind these laws Putin keeps passing? Religion.
For those who say I’m being outrageous with my claim that conservatives would follow in Putin’s footsteps if they had the chance, just take a look at this. It outlines the fairly terrifying movement that’s currently driving many of these conservatives.
But all of these radical laws being passed in Russia tie into Putin’s desire to control people based on religion and conservatism.
Which is exactly what conservatives in the United States want to do. They want our government based on Christianity, laws derived from scripture from the Bible and a society where other opinions not in line with these conservative religious views are suppressed.
And that’s exactly what Putin is doing to Russia in the name of “conservative values.”
The main difference between what Russia is doing and what conservatives wish they could do in the United States, is that Putin currently has the power to enforce his ignorance on millions – whereas conservatives are still trying to gain that level of power so they can impose theirs.
Another reason why I can’t stress enough how important this year’s elections are for shaping the future of this country.