Putin might not be Satan, but he’ll do until a worse one comes along. Well, Baghdadi probably has him beat in that department. Likely Kim Jong Un as well. Not sure Kim Jong Un qualifies, though, because he has not conquered another country as Putin has.
Something that needs to be considered. In the U.S., for example, the government has been taken over by people so close to being Marxist that it is difficult to distinguish them from it. That is not necessarily reflective of the people. Had Obama and his supporters been honest with the public in 2008, would he have won? Picture him saying, for example:
-I promise you that if I’m elected, your health insurance premiums will skyrocket unless you’re subsidized. A lot of you will be subsidized by being pushed onto Medicaid for the first time in your lives.
-I promise you that if I’m elected, I will ensure that you will not be able to keep your doctor.
-I promise you that if I’m elected, I will make nuns buy abortifacient coverage for themselves.
-I promise you that if I’m elected, I will guarantee that the Middle East will turn into a battleground between two groups of terrorists; one being Iran and the other being a new group. Both will persecute people for their religion and cut heads off to enforce their respective versions of Sharia law.
-If I’m elected, I will ensure that homosexual marriage will be the law of the land. I will require that the military conduct homosexual weddings, and will ensure that if your male employees want to show up in drag, you’ll have to pretend it’s normal and okay with you.
-If I’m elected, I will attack Libya and turn it over to Al Quaeda affiliated groups of terrorists.
-Elect me and I will make certain that no country trusts the United States.
-I promise if I am elected, I will encourage tens of thousands of Central American children to travel through Mexico, become prey to sex traffickers, and be settled secretly in your communities. I will make no effort to send them home or even keep track of them.
-and so on-
If Obama and his cadres had been honest with the people, he would never have been elected. People do not support him now. This is one situation in which the people are a great deal better than their government.
Likely the Russian people are much better than their government as well. But as with Obama, the outward show and appeal to base instincts can warp peoples’ better judgment.
With Obama, the appeal was “I’ll get you free healthcare at somebody else’s expense”. With Putin it’s “I’ll restore the Russian empire and thereby stroke your ethnic vanity”.