As if Obama could just press a button on a computer game and “reset” relations so we are all friends.
WHERE THER HECK AM I? I awakened from a night of terrifying dreams of being kidnapped and having someone take over the steering wheel of a car I was driving and other people keeping me from getting work in Hollywood and then my showing up at the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, being shown to my old office from 1972, and being shown a towering stack of cases I was supposed to be working on. I often have that dream. I was upset and confused.
But where the heck am I? I am in a hotel room and it’s nice and cold and the air is clear. From where I am in my bed, I can see old brick buildings nearby. What are they? Where am I? This is happening more and more. I awaken from a deep sleep and I have no clue where I am.
Wait a minute! Over there. In the corner. There is an air purifier humming away. Plus, again, the air is super pure and cool.
Now I know. I am in room 1214 on the “Pure Floor” of the downtown Marriott Hotel in Portland, Oregon, and it’s a beautiful thing. In fact, it’s so beautiful and my speech is not for a few hours, so back to sleep I go. What a great idea this pure, no-smells floor is. Marriott is retaking over the Essex House and I cannot wait. However, right now, back to sleep.
Ooops. Guess not. There is a rapping, rap-tap-tapping at my door. It’s the housekeeper to clean my room. “I’m still here,” I said. “I’ll be here a long time.” She grudgingly left.
I got up, shaved, dressed, ate my miserable, pitiful breakfast: leftover whole wheat toast and soft butter. Actually, it was perfectly good.
Then, turn on TV to see what’s happening. Endless ridicule of Mitt Romney. I hate that. It seems as if no matter what he does, he gets ridiculed. Just for example, he said recently that Russia is our number-one geopolitical rival, and whatever we try to do in the international arena, they fight us and balk. So the liberals are mocking him over that.
Why is that ridiculous? In what possible way is that ridiculous? It is obvious that the Russians fight us on Iran, on Israel, and on Syria. They fight us everywhere they possibly can. How can it be disputed that Romney is right on this?
But the media cleverly have their own “experts” say that what Romney has said is ridiculous, then they say that it’s been decided that Romney is ridiculous.
The ridiculous one is Mr. Obama, who said he would “reset” relations with Russia. As if relations are not conditioned on ancient interests and rivalries. As if he could just press a button on a computer game and “reset” relations so we are all friends.
At this point, it’s clear that neither Mr. Obama nor Mrs. Clinton nor Ms. Susan Rice (our esteemed ambassador to the UN) nor David Axelrod has ever taken a course, or much of a course, in American history or European history or Cold War history or World War II history. We can’t just “reset” relations with Russia. They are angry at us (except for the majority who want to leave and come here).
THE RUSSKIS ARE ANGRY WITH GOOD REASON. They did most of the worst fighting of World War II, lost maybe 25 million people, were stupendously devastated, and we came out of the war smelling like a rose. They basically beat the Nazis and we got the benefit of being the only major industrial power left unbombed and with serious but not life-changing losses (except, of course, for the hero families of those killed and wounded).
Then, they want to control Eastern Europe and we fight with them over it and block them and call them names. They are a poor, backward, muddy nation while we have the Cadillac Coupe de Ville and Little Richard. No wonder they are angry.
Then, when the Iron Curtain falls, their leaders realize that what Russians really want is to live a lot like Americans. They want freedom and material wealth, just what Marx said they didn’t want. So, they killed tens of millions of their own people and enslaved the Great Russian People, starved the Ukrainians, murdered the Poles, and for what? They have a lot of shame and self-loathing there in Dzerzhinsky Square.
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