TNR Senior Editor Julia Ioffe yearns for Obama’s big stick or something … [Darleen Click]
Her naughty bits feel a tingle at the thought of Obama’s tanks blowing up heretic members of Congress .
What is a president in a presidential constitutional republic to do when faced with an intransigent, bull-headed faction among his people’s representatives?
Well, Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s first democratically elected president, was once faced with a similar situation exactly 20 years ago, in October 1993. The parliament, then called the Supreme Soviet, was increasingly against Yeltsin’s neoliberal economic reforms (suggested to him by young Western advisors like Jeffrey Sachs). On one hand, these reforms freed up the old Soviet command economy. On the other, they drove the country into chaos and violence, and left tens of millions impoverished, their savings nullified by skyrocketing inflation. The parliament, dominated by old Soviet conservatives (sic), was increasingly against these reforms and refused to confirm Yeltsin’s key economic advisor. Yeltsin held a national referendum, a sort of national vote of confidence, which he won, and used it as a justification for what he did next.
Almost exactly 20 years ago, he dissolved parliament. The vice president and the speaker of the parliament dissolved Yeltsin’s presidency, and holed up with their supporters in the parliament’s headquarters, now known as “the White House.”
Then Yeltsin did this to it.
That’s the level of Leftist discourse these days … hardline Soviet communists are “conservatives” who “liberal” Yeltsin had the good sense (after horrible, nasty, political dissent justifiably exasperated him out of his noted calm) to explode his opposition to bits in their own legislative building.
Remember, this scribbling of fascist-Obama porn is not by some anonymous crazy, like the typical kosskiddie, but from a senior editor at a mainstream, albeit leftwing, publication.
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