Russia Overwhelmingly Votes in Favor of Constitutional Amendments Potentially Lengthening Putin’s Term

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      Passionate Progressive
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      Russians Vote In Favor of Constitutional Amendments

      This story is predicted to contrast with the perspective likely to be perpetuated by the mainstream media and illustrates the difference between the two perspectives that in an over simplified way may perhaps be characterized by the ‘national security’ lens vs. the ‘area studies’ lens.

      For me the latter perspective – i.e., seeing it through a scholarship of language appreciation and cultural history is a perspective that might be characterized as how the subject/country sees itself.  At the end of the 1980’s with the collapse of the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact alliance, this view was de-emphasized in the political science discipline – scholarship went the direction of political science, national securities studies and statistical analysis.   The collapse of the Soviet Union,  in the words of Francis Fukuyama (THE END OF HISTORY), for some scholars, validated the righteousness of liberalism which was equated to democracy.  In other words,  “the end-point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy was the final form of human government.”

      This world view though discredited in some circles is reflected in Russophobia and Sinophobia and is generally a ‘zero-sum’ philosophy in that a win for one side is a loss for the other….The George W. Bush Presidency with withdrawal from arms control agreements and the rise of neocons in the Democratic Party (neocons from the Bush Administration contributed to the Obama Administration (Victoria Nuland, Susan Rice, Samantha Power) have brought this philosophy back.


      With that context in mind, the Russo-centric interpretation of Wednesday’ votes on the constitutional amendments is as follows:

      By Bryan MacDonald

      The main takeaway from Russia’s ‘national vote’ on a series of amendments to the constitution is one a lot of people won’t want to hear: Most Russians want the country to plow its own furrow, regardless of what outsiders think.

      In the end, the margin was huge. Exit polls suggested around 70 percent of voters had said ‘yes’ to 206 amendments to their constitution, with close to 30 percent rejecting the changes. Official results eventually put the ‘yes’ vote at over 77 percent.

      Even liberal political organizers in Moscow conceded their own exit polls showed support in the capital for Vladimir Putin’s proposals. What’s more, those tallies revealed a majority of voters in numerous Moscow districts usually favorable to the opposition had backed the winning side.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

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    • #333053
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      As long as the West attacks Russia and Putin, the

      Russians will support him gladly.

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      Or, Uncle Joe II?


      Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites

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      since all of that stuff about having journalists and political opponents assassinated is likely horseshit.

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      he would not have been happy with anything less than 99.999% approval in the referendum. Not sure about the Czar but he probably would not have minded there being a parliament if it voted for his amendments unanimously.

      But LBGTQ folks are definitely not happy.

      The new constitution also includes a reference to ‘faith in God’ for the first time and makes gay marriage illegal. This appears to deepen Putin’s long term alliance with the viciously homophobic Russian Orthodox Church.

      And reports of foreign interference in the referendum: From Tass:

      We faced an unprecedented opposition to what seems to be an exclusively Russian domestic affair, especially from foreign Internet accounts: DDoS attacks on CEC [Central Election Commission — TASS] websites, a flow of fakes and lies that do not come anywhere close to reality, as well as doctored videos that tried to fabricate this negativity towards the vote,” she noted.

      They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

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      Of course, the next question has to be “Which people?”

      I suspect that the top of that list is Vladimir Putin.

      Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites

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      that any political leader is “grabbing power” for anything other than self-centered reasons, so it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Putin has similar motives. That doesn’t make him Stalin.

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      who can say?…only those who count the votes.

      Bernie figured he could do more good ALIVE,
      than dead in a small plane "accident".
      I think he's right.

      Don't you?

    • #333125
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      Actually, Joe’s a little jealous. He had to steal his elections the hard way.

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

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