"If Trump loses, the entire Congress should be required to take a field trip to Independence Hall to remind it of the compromises on which our country was based, with a special mandatory session for diehards. I know I'm dreaming. Yet, unless the Trumpsters learn to respect America's history and its founders, they will take our democracy down."
It is easy to see why a man like Donald Trump admires Putin. They both share a penchant for posturing, a fetish for unhindered power, a disdain for institutions and for the law, an extremely high self-regard, and a tendency to act unpredictably. So, if you are comfortable with Trump admiring Putin’s leadership style, then you must also be comfortable for Putin’s results. Donald Trump will not more make America great again, he will remake it in the image of Putin’s Russia — weakened and isolated.
"I recently found myself returning to an essay from 2000 by Yuri Levada, a pioneering Russian sociologist, called 'The Wily Man.' The essay was Levada’s attempt to understand why so many pathologies of the Soviet era — the propensity for double-think and an adaptive, accommodating response to power — persisted so powerfully in modern Russia. In Levada’s telling, the wily man or woman 'not only tolerates deception, but is willing to be deceived.' Indeed, says Levada, he even 'requires self-deception for the sake of his own self-preservation.'"
"When Donald Trump named him last week as one of his foreign-policy advisers, Page says his e-mail inbox filled up with positive notes from Russian contacts. 'So many people who I know and have worked with have been so adversely affected by the sanctions policy,' Page said in a two-hour interview last week. 'There's a lot of excitement in terms of the possibilities for creating a better situation.'"
"Carter Page is an out-and-out Putinite. A consultant to and investor in the Kremlin’s state-run gas company, Gazprom, Page has a direct financial interest in ending American sanctions against the company. Not only that, but Page is tight with the Kremlin’s foreign-policy apparatus and has served as a vehement propagandist for it."