Brave Little Soldier
If there's one thing Vladimir Putin's mob has in common with the warriors of the American white nationalist movement, it's that both groups like killing civilians, and neither group does well against soldiers.
"We'll take Kyiv in six weeks!" the manifesto of war declares.
They do not. They start killing old ladies and 11-year-old girls because the soldiers on the other side are too tough to kill.
Same for our own right-wing "soldiers" who melt like snow when the cops show up but are "combat-ready" when it comes to killing old ladies in the grocery store. You know why the American right hates rioters loosely tied to Black Lives Matter? Because the rioters stood and fought. The white right doesn't.
Both the Russian army and the American right are very fond of the big guns. The Russian army doesn't have the guts to take a city, so they rely on missiles and artillery, things that can be fired from far away, where it's safe.
Likewise the gunned-up American right, as ripe a pack of physical cowards as ever surrendered meekly to the cops. They favor the AR-15, which fires many bullets quickly and lets you shoot an old lady in the grocery store without getting close enough for her to clock you with a can of green beans.
A lot of writers are still moaning and weeping about the "insurrection" at our nation's capitol.
Yeah, I didn't like it either, and I think everyone involved should be forced to spend the rest of their lives on a desert island guarded by heavily armed drag queens and being forced to work in a factory that produces Barack Obama bobbleheads and textbooks used to teach critical race theory to preteens.
But to me, the central fact of the cartoonish "insurrection" was that it failed. It flopped. It fizzled. It laid there like a lox. The brave would-be revolutionaries couldn't do it; they couldn't stop the process. Even with a president behind them, they couldn't overthrow the government.
As they slunk away; they muttered that they'd be back with their "long guns."