Ninety percent of the world's nuclear weapons are controlled by two men who are on TV right now. I think of them's a clod with a gift for PR and the other's a sneaky spymaster . And yet I sleep pretty well, because one of them is also a Republican President the Press finds particularly loathsome; he can't so much as scratch his backside without some network, wire service, website or newspaper pointing out in bold type how the man is disrespecting the National Pants.
Is our President Up To Something, with or without the assistance of ol' KGB Vlad? Probably. We stick Presidents and the top Russian muckety-muck of the moment, Czar or Party Secretary or however you spell "El Capo" in Cyrillic, into these summits in the somewhat forlorn hope they'll remember all their kewl stuff is on this planet and therefore conspire to promote and promulgate peace. And if we are very fortunate, they are watched by the Press as narrowly as a bird of prey watches a mouse and with greater suspicion.
The Press will ask good questions. They'll ask stupid questions. They'll investigate, speculate, and some of them will make things up. In the end, the truth will come out.
Governments rule with the consent -- tacit or overt -- of the governed. The Russian government and people know it better than many, having had two entire systems of government fall apart twice in the span of single long lifetime. The U. S. FedGov and Us, The People know it, too; we throw the old bums out and install a new set with remarkable regularity -- and occasionally hound sufficiently unpopular elected officials out of office, or at least away from re-election.
Yes, it's a proper sack of bastards who rule the world. But they're less inbred than ever, far less "Divinely entitled" than ever, and far more removable than ever. Don't like some of the present crop? Bide a wee, vote as hard as you can, and there will be a new set.
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