Mr. Sensitive

August 30, 2012

Stalin Endorses Ryan Following Convention Speech

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 13:20

Ha ha, no.  Stalin would endorse Stalin; he would have Paul Ryan shot; he would have everyone who ever said anything positive about Paul Ryan shot; and he would have everyone who might have considered saying anything positive about Paul Ryan shot.  Matt Romney, on the other hand, might have hung around in the Politburo for awhile.  Marshal Stalin preferred men with no opinions whatsoever to yes-men.

But these Republicans are really model Stalinists.

Not Communists–Stalinists.  Per former Soviet general and Stalin biographer Dimitri Volkoganov, Stalinism is the separation of thought from action, the cultivation of the ability to do one thing while saying another.  Ryan misled and lied, repeatedly, brazenly, throughout his speech, and the consensus this morning appears to be…eh.  Republicans don’t care about the facts.  I could imagine George Kennan sending his Long Telegram from the RNC last night rather than from the American Embassy in Moscow in 1946.

[Paraphrasing Kennan]: “[The Republican Party] is seemingly inaccessible to considerations of reality in its basic reactions. For it, the vast fund of objective fact about human society is not, as with us, the measure against which outlook is constantly being tested and re-formed, but a grab bag from which individual items are selected arbitrarily and tendenciously to bolster an outlook already preconceived. This is admittedly not a pleasant picture.”

Sounds about right.  Here’s some more:

“It should not be thought from above that [Republican] party line is necessarily disingenuous and insincere on part of all those who put it forward. Many of them are too ignorant of outside world and mentally too dependent to question self-hypnotism, and have no difficulty making themselves believe what they find it comforting and convenient to believe.”

Yikes.  And if you were wondering about the Republican Congressional strategy of the last two years, Kennan’s got that covered, too:

“In general, all [Republican] efforts will be negative and destructive in character, designed to tear down sources of strength beyond reach of [Republican] control. This is only in line with basic [Republican] instinct that there can be no compromise with rival power.”

Just replace ‘Republican’ with ‘Soviet’ and you’ve got it.

And here you thought we won the Cold War.

 

 

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