Czar: (n) the former emperor of Russia
I keep anticipating an outbreak of acne.
I haven’t heard Russia discussed this much since I was thirteen years of age, with oily skin.
I know that everything that comes around goes around, to reappear not that much different than it was on opening night.
For the life of me, I do not understand why Russia is regaining such interest, except for the fact that they willed themselves back into prominence.
When you live in a world where a threat has more thrust than a gift, you have to be careful not to be drawn away by false advertising–Chicken Little reprising his role as the proclaimer of falling skies.
At one time, Russia had a czar.
More or less, their rendition of a monarch. Tired of monarchy, they overthrew the czar and instituted communism.
Communism lasted from 1918 until just around 1989—seventy-one years.
During those seven decades, wars were prevalent, poverty was the normal status of the Russian citizen and those who objected to government programs were toted away to Siberia, never to be heard from again.
It was a continual Reign of Terror—from Lenin to Stalin to Khrushchev—until Gorbachev grew weary of leading an impoverished nation—only rich in nuclear weapons.
So from 1989 to approximately 2014, the Russians did their best impersonation of democracy, adding their personal touches of felony murder, graft, money laundering and drug smuggling.
Now, sporting a whole new tyrannical leader named Putin, they are beginning to believe they should be back in the game again. (Back, back, back in the USSR…)
For some reason, the United States has chosen to take them seriously instead of mocking their ever-lengthening bread lines.
Sometimes the best cure is to refuse medication to the dying patient.
There is no Russia without the United States.
If the United States were suddenly eliminated, Russia would not be able to springboard off our country’s prominence and spit in the eye of our more powerful nation.
Contrary to popular belief, the best way to handle a bully is not to stand toe-to-toe, giving him credence and making him believe that he is worthy of attention.
Sometimes the best way to handle a bully is to run away with all your friends—leaving him all alone to complain about his isolation.