It is not just in America that the elites have become unaccountable to the people and act in their own interests as they see fit. So I thought I would have some fun with a New York Times article printed on Friday about the impending second presidency of Russia's Vladimir Putin (my comments are in bold):
The majority ofBut the best part is near the end of the story when they ask the candidate himself for his reaction:
RussiansAmericans have “grown weary” of waiting for Prime Minister Vladimir V. PutinPresident Barack Obama to make positive changes in their lives, and many expect little new from him as he embarks on his second stint as presidentruns for reelection next year, according to a poll published Friday.
PutinObama remains the most popular politician in the country, but his support has been increasingly defined by inertia among voters, as well as a lack of other alternatives, said experts from the Levada Center, the Moscow-based polling agency that released the survey.
The survey, among the first since Mr.
Putin’s plan to return to the presidency was announced last monthObama began his reelection campaign, quantified what many observers have been saying for a long time. Confronted with a series of stage-managed electionsevents, airbrushed television coverage, and Mr. Putin’sObama's increasingly blatant publicity stuntspandering speeches, RussiansAmericans have largely tuned out.
“People understand what political system they have and that they have no influence over it,” said Denis Volkov, an analyst from the Levada Center.
News of Mr.
Putin’sObama's coming return to the presidencypotential reelection, after four years as prime ministerkowtowing to the elites, has provoked elation among his ardent supporters and despair among his detractors. But beyond these small pockets of RussianAmerican society, the most common reaction has been a shrug of the shoulders.
When asked this week about another survey indicating public dissatisfaction, Mr.
PutinObama acknowledged that many RussiansAmericans were frustrated with the slow process of change, but, noting Russia’s turbulent historythat altering the system would enrage his big campaign donors, urged a cautious approach to reform.