I'd like to use this opportunity to point out that there are few dictators who ever really achieve the absolute pinnacle of autocracy -- that point you reach when you can simply NOT CARE about international opinion or the grumblings of your people ... thanks for applauding, and yes, yes I admit that I have reached that point (of course I have) and to be honest it is a little lonely here at the summit of tyranny. How can my colleagues relate to me, after all, when they're still looking over their shoulders at the UN, the ICC, the World Bank, and many other international institutions? None of them understand my potency because they don't know what it's like.
Except, that is for my esteemed friend Vladimir Putin.
Let's put this in bullets for all you lovers of PowerPoint:
- Organize the Winter Olympics without caring a whit about substandard lodging? Check
- Not caring about the feelings of homosexuals, to the shock of the West? Check
- Laughing at the approbation of writers and intellectuals? Check, check check!!
- And as recently noted on this blog: freeing political prisoners because you are too powerful to be threatened by them anymore? Oh yes ... check
Now that, clearly, is an autocrat who just doesn't care. Put it this way: Rich Tater has noticed that he's not alone anymore ... and he approves!!