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Putin’s exceptionalism

Published: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Vladimir Putin wrote an editorial in the New York Times.

The old, and seems still, Soviet KGB boss sounded off on a subject that is impossible for a man with his background. He is a single-minded master in dirty domestic and international intrigue and skullduggery.

He shows no knowledge of true freedom, the essence of the American character, our laws, and the soul of our Constitution. Those are the principles that make our country exceptional, not haughty claims of superiority, as Putin snidely suggested.

But this Putinism tells more about Putin than of America.

I trust that most Americans, and a president such as Ronald Reagan, comfortable with and confident in our values and noble past, would dismiss the ignorant, slanted, malicious and manipulative views of a despot who puts his political opponents in jail by show trials with false witnesses while having his own people’s blood on his hand.

We should dismiss his phony theories, inane musings, and his attempt to play on the feelings of uninformed Americans who failed to learn and, thus, cannot fully value their history and are misinformed about the blood we shed for our people’s liberty and freedom of others around the world.

We sacrificed many lives to lift up oppressed nations from despots and tyrants of the Putin type.

We have high values to defend and be proud of. I pray that more Americans gather the courage to defend those noble principles and the many sacrifices that no other nation can rightly claim. 

Miklos Magyar

Crystal Lake

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