QOTD: Buy Russian?
The relationship between the United States and Russia over the past hundred years or so would put any soap-opera romance to shame. Russia was the enemy in the 1930s, then it was an ally, then it was the enemy. When I was a kid in the ’70s, the Soviet Union was absolutely the enemy and we all expected that someday there would be war between the countries. Despite a concerned media effort to paint McCarthy, Nixon, et al as panicked morons swinging at shadows, most of us figured the Soviet Union did, in fact, regularly attempt to interfere in American affairs. (Turns out McCarthy was as right as he was wrong, maybe more so.) Sure, you had the committed leftists who were willing to take a “honeymoon” there, but they were few and far between.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Russia-US relations enjoyed a thaw. It didn’t last. Now the same political left that excused Stalin’s purges is clutching its pearls over Crimea, while the right-wingers who used to seriously discuss a nuclear-equipped preemptive strike against Moscow see Mr. Putin as a sort of fun-loving, horse-riding fellow who has the guts to drive an F1 car in wet conditions.
This is the sort of stark dichotomy that tends to cause trouble if left untended. Luckily, there’s something that can be done about it.
Russia’s auto industry, both “captive” and native, is in trouble. But they have a product that could prove quite popular in the United States: the so-old-it’s-now-retro Lada Niva 4×4. By my rough and largely ignorant calculations, it could be profitably sold for about $12,000 here. There are plenty of outdoorsy types who would cheerfully spend that kind of money on something that could get them up a trail.
The globalist crowd regularly tells us that strong trade is all that prevents global conflict, and that is why we have to accept an endless flood of untaxed Chinese junk through our ports. To me, that sounds disturbingly close to just giving a bully your lunch money. But let’s say they’re right. Why don’t we trade with Russia for once? Let’s heal this breach before it’s too late. Bring on the Ladas. The more the merrier. The only question is: would you have any room for something like this in your life?
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"... the same political left" must have discovered the fountain of youth if they were defending Stalin's purges in the late 1930's and are still around to clutch at pearls today.
I don't think we should trade with those monsters. I never thought I'd see the day where the right wing nazis would call Russia their friend and the GOP would roll over for Russia. Hell truly has frozen over. Russia has always been the enemy and I say this as a liberal with no love for Putin whatsoever.