Saturday, March 6, 2021

Is Biden Our Own Reincarnation of Russia’s “Goofy Drunk” President Boris Yeltsin

Boris Yeltsin won a surprise re-election in 1996 thanks to support from business and media oligarchs and US intelligence, only to find himself presiding over the same problems that his first term caused. Yeltsin’s popularity once again collapsed in his second term, opening the door to Vladimir Putin.

Is a similar situation brewing in the United States of America?  The media, intelligence agencies, and oligarchy have walked Joe Biden into the White House to reinstate the disastrous policies of the Obama era, which are precisely what led to Trump’s upset in 2016. 

The last remnants of the Soviet Union crumbled under Boris Yeltsin’s watch. His immediate predecessor, Mikhail Gorbachev, attempted to save and preserve the USSR by way of his twin Perestroika and Glasnost reforms. The failure of these reforms led to the dissolution of the “Evil Empire,” as the individual republics of the Federation began to secede as communism itself collapsed. The Soviet system had been creaking all throughout the 1980s, with a collapse in confidence in governing institutions and the economic system.

A divide grew between the party elites and the people who were left with little reason to “pretend to work while they pretend to pay us.” Bogged down in a fruitless war in Afghanistan, its global rival quickly sped ahead of it economically (sound familiar?). Increasingly unable to provide the most basic services for its people, the COVID-era USA likewise fails to protect its citizenry. No wonder that the rise in opiate and cannabis use and decline in US life expectancy neatly mirrors the alcoholism and shortened life expectancy in 1990s Russia.” 

~ Thank You Larwyn's Linx@ Doug Ross Journal for the Linkage! ~

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