First, here is a quick word about the 2018 mid-term elections: While Republicans only occupy 8 US Senate seats that are up for re-election in 2018, Democrats must defend 25(!) Democrat or Democrat-leaning Independent Senate seats. Even worse, 10 of those seats are in states that Trump won.
Already we know that retiring NASCAR superstar Carl Edwards may run in his home state of Missouri against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill. Nikitas3.com predicts that Edwards would win easily.
Now we have some news about Michigan, which used to be strongly Democrat and union-controlled, but which has been trending Republican over the last decade.
Trump won Michigan by a small margin and now there are three strong potential Republican US Senate candidates who might run in 2018 against left-wing incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow, who has been in office since 2000.
Two of the candidates are big-time rock musicians known for their Michigan roots, pride and residency – Kid Rock and Ted Nugent. Another potent challenger to Stabenow would be sitting Republican governor Rick Snyder who has been an effective reformer in office since 2010, and re-elected in 2014. His second term will end in 2018 when he will be term-limited out anyway.
In the opinion of Nikitas3.com any one of these three could beat Stabenow, and that would be a great thing for increasing Republican power in the US Senate.
Now here is today’s main editorial about Russia:
The hysteria among Democrats and their media cronies over Russia and its president Vladimir Putin has reached new heights.
First, there is this nonsensical suspicion that Russia helped Trump to win the election. Yet the Wikileaks emails, which allegedly threw the election to Trump and allegedly came from Russian hackers, really had no impact on the election whatsoever.
Nikitas3.com kept waiting for the big Wikileaks “bombshell” that was supposed to derail Hillary Clinton, but it never came. Instead Wikileaks was penny-ante political drivel.
Meanwhile crazy Democrats are charging that Russia somehow “hacked” electronic voting machines on election day in Trump’s favor… except that voting machines are not even connected to the internet.
Now Democrats are vilifying Putin. This comes after Democrats cozied up to Russian communist dictators for decades, even seeking to cooperate with them against US president Ronald Reagan. Here is how Forbes magazine described one situation:
Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.
“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”
Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”
So there you go, and there were certainly many more situations like this that we will never know about. For decades Democrats and communists in the US told us that genocidal Soviet marxism posed no real threat, that communism was a benign ideology and that the real problem was American conservatives.
This is, of course, the opposite of the truth. Communism is the most destructive force ever unleashed on the world. It always leads to genocide, poverty, starvation and mass material deprivation.
Leftists also embraced Soviet communism since it sought to wipe out Russian Christianity. It ultimately failed, and one of the significant issues behind leftist hatred of Russia and Putin today is that Russia is a strongly Christian nation, and Putin is one of the most pro-Christian leaders in the world. He even has condemned homosexuality.
Today Russia has an enthusiastic Orthodox Christian population of 110 million. This is the largest Orthodox concentration out of 250 million worldwide (including Nikitas3.com).
Orthodox Christianity is the second-oldest Christian sect. The first is Coptic Christianity in Egypt which was founded in the year 42 AD by the evangelist Mark. There are 8 million Coptic Christians in Egypt today and hundreds of thousands in the global diaspora. Coptic Christians lived in Egypt for 600 years before Muslims.
Orthodox Christianity, which believes in the divinity of Christ, was founded in Constantinople (today Istanbul, Turkey) in the 4th century AD after the Roman emperor Constantine legitimized Christianity and moved its capital from dying Rome to Byzantium (Constantinople), a wealthy trading city.
Orthodox Christianity still maintains its original and ancient symbols, icons, sacraments (baptism, communion and confession) and traditions which separate it from other sects of Christianity, particularly Protestantism. Its Nicene creed, developed in Nicaea (Turkey today) in the year 325 AD, is recited every Sunday in Orthodox churches worldwide.
Russia adopted Orthodox Christianity in the year 988 AD when a contingent from the then-capital of Kiev traveled to Constantinople. They were trying to decide whether to adopt Islam or Christianity for their nation, and once they set their eyes on the dazzling Hagia Sophia Christian cathedral, completed in 537 AD under emperor Justinian, they decided immediately to become Christians.
Except for decades of brutal suppression and genocide under the communists after 1917, Orthodox Christianity has dominated Russia for almost 1,000 years. The royal and imperial Romanov family sustained and actively reinforced Orthodox Christianity with close ties to the church for three centuries from 1613 until the year 1917 when the communists deposed and killed czar Nicholas Romanov and his family.
Modern Russia is a force in world affairs but is hardly a threatening global power. Russia has an economy that is only 6% the size of the US economy, or about the same size as Mexico’s economy. This does not offer it much opportunity to build and project significant military power.
This fact has not stopped the media and Democrats from portraying Russia as a threat to the US. But this is really a diversionary strategy to distract us from the real threats which are militant Muslim Iran, and communist North Korea and communist China.
Is Russia today a free nation with an open political system? Is Putin another George Washington?
No, but Putin is a strong leader who is needed in a nation that is being threatened from the south by radical Islam and from the east by communist China. So we should support Putin, not distance ourselves from him.
Since I personally am acquainted with many fine Russian immigrants in my church I am confident in the ability of the Russian people to maintain their good nation, even if Putin is no George Washington.
Putin recognizes Islamic terrorism for what it is and has used force in Syria to help the government there defeat ISIS terrorists. This is in America’s interest and in the interest of Middle East peace and so is a good thing.
Certainly Putin has annexed Crimea and has made other aggressive political moves. But these are not earth-shaking incidents. Nikitas3.com believes that Putin and Trump will have a positive and constructive relationship and that Russia will prove itself to be a worthy American ally.
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