This lousy year can't end soon enough for me. But I'm going to end it with a laugh. Remember this editorial from last month's Pravda? In "Obama's Soviet Mistake", columnist Xavier Lerma excoriates The One with these bon mots:
Recently, (Barack) Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war is with Iran as he fires or demotes his generals who get in the way
(B)ut liberalism is a psychosis. O'bomber even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like "fast and furious" and there is still no sign of ending it. He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise (Vladimir) Lenin and (Josef) Stalin in Russia. Obama's fools and Stalin's fools share the same drink of illusion.
Russia lost its' civil war with the Reds and millions suffered torture and death for almost 75 years under the tyranny of the United Soviet Socialist Republic. Russians survived with a new and stronger faith in God and ever growing Christian Church. The question is how long will the once "Land of the Free" remain the United Socialist States of America? Their suffering has only begun. Bye bye Miss American Pie! You know the song, you hippies. Sing it!
I remember how my jaw dropped when I read this last November. Never mind that the writer has some of his facts wrong. Never mind that he worships the ever-authoritarian Vladimir Putin. Never mind that he downplays the greater systemic problems that face Russia (an alarming decline in the country's population and an equally alarming increase in the mortality rates for Russian men, for example) than those that face America. A column published in Pravda - Pravda! - denouncing Obama as a "communist" while equating Putin with Ronald Reagan goes beyond the realm of satire (let alone irony). But it provides a good laugh as a way to close off this abysmal year and that's good enough for me.