Today Russia is in revolt as tens of thousands of men and women protested shouting chants of “We demand answers,” and “Stop lying and stealing.” The leader of the march, Alexei Navalny, was subsequently arrested and jailed for 15 days; the charge; organizing an illegal protest. The protests occurred in at least 180 cities and were focused on the corrupt and immoral policies of Vladimir Putin.
The protests today follow a March 26th event which was prompted by the revelation that Putin’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has amassed vineyards, luxury yachts and lavish mansions worth more than $1 billion.
The similarities between the protests here in America against Trump’s immoral actions and in Russia are evident. Like their Americans counterparts, Russians demand that their government serves the people, and reject autocratic rule.
The investigations into Trump’s Russian connections is a farce. It has been well known around the world, and by those of us in America who pay attention to world events, that Trump and Putin established a relationship is 2005 when he held the Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow.
With the exception of here in the United States, the rest of the world knows that Christopher Steele’s “Golden Showers Dossier” is factual. The most damning information in the 26 pages composed in 2013 is the revelation that Trump held meetings with Russian oligarchs. The purpose was to establish methods which would allow them to launder their fortunes through the purchase of American real estate. This would be treason, and demand an immediate resignation from Trump and a subsequent trial in federal court.
Trump’s refusal to reveal his tax returns is evidence that the information contained in those returns would prove that Mr. Steele’s dossier was indeed factual.
The protests in America will never stop. Although several red states are attempting to violate the first amendment and pass legislation which would virtually prevent protests, the people will not be silenced. They will join their Russian brothers and sisters in a revolt against immoral and incompetent rule.
It’s past time for all of the world’s people to stand up and demand more from their governments. Today’s protests in Russia, the election last Thursday in Great Britain, and the endless protests in our country will inspire others to voice their demands.
We have the power; we do not have to accept leaders who fail to listen to our demands. Dissent is not disloyalty; it is the opposite. The people are the nation, not governments.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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