In speaking of those worthy of respect, I should say that I’ve been privileged enough to have met blokadniki… those who survived the Siege of Leningrad (the famous “900 Days”). One notices serenity and wisdom in them… knowledge that only such a tremendous and horrendous event could bring one. I found this true of most VOV survivors… for the war marked all those in the USSR, as the war took place on its soil; it didn’t happen in far-off foreign parts. I should mention that President V V Putin’s older brother died in the Siege… he was one the fascists’ victims… he was only Untermenschtum (subhumanity) in Western eyes. By the way, that’s why the memory of the war is still green in the Russian soul… it wasn’t some faraway event… it happened right in the homeland, and it was, perhaps, the most vicious war of the 20th century.
Sadly, the Western “conservative” movement and its demented votaries are the antipode of the blokadniki. Western neoliberalism, both “conservative” and “liberal” has degenerated to a feral vicious level. Greed is its most conspicuous characteristic. Allied to that is a callous viciousness towards those that they consider “inferiors”. It doesn’t matter if a drone strike kills wedding partiers and not “terrorists”… they’re all just dirty Muslim wogs who support terrorists, anyway! It doesn’t matter that welfare payments aren’t enough to support someone… if they were any damned good, they’d be working and not a drag on the public! It’s OK to lie about foreign countries and leaders… America is Number One, always has been, and always will be! Russia and China are evil for not kissing our ass and telling us that we’re Number One and always will be!
Having met both sorts mentioned above, there’s no doubt in my mind that American Neoliberalism is satanic, and that anyone who supports Chilly Hilly (or any other Establishment Dem) or any Republican is either a dupe or they’re someone who bought into this ideology knowing how evil it is, but doesn’t care because it benefits them. The first sort is simply clueless and ignorant. The second sort has bought into evil with knowledge of what it is… but they’re successful, dontcha know! They’re respectable, dontcha know! They’re religious, dontcha know! They’re more moral than the rest of us are, dontcha know!
I have met both sublime people and loathsome people… all too many of the latter espouse “conservatism”. Have a care with anyone who either calls themselves “conservative” or issues favourable commentary on “conservative” talking points. They may very well get uncouth with you… it’s all too common amongst such sorts; they get extraordinarily nasty when vexed or disagreed with. Here’s a point to be especially wary of… many of the most wretched sorts are outwardly polite and “oh-so-nice”… that is, until you cross them… do have a care, the times aren’t good and they won’t get better for some time yet…