QOTD: Buy Russian?

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth

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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  • Cpthaddock Cpthaddock on May 13, 2017

    "... 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.

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    • Vulpine Vulpine on May 15, 2017

      @Lou_BC As I said, it's a waste of time. All it takes is the right kind of stimulation and Viagra has NO effect on that. I'm an 'old man' who can still get it up for his wife.

  • Mr.cranky Mr.cranky on May 15, 2017

    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.

    • Gtem Gtem on May 15, 2017

      I'm finding this current hysterical liberal strain of McCarthyism particularly fascinating.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Defender looks way better than the Bronco in both 2-door and 4-door.
  • ToolGuy I found this particular episode to be incredibly offensive.I am shocked that eBay Motors is supporting this kind of language and attitudes in 2024.I will certainly keep this in mind next time I am choosing where to buy auto parts (I buy a LOT of auto parts).
  • SaulTigh When I was young in the late 80's one of my friends had the "cool dad." You know the guy, first to buy a Betamax and a C-band satellite dish. Couple of stand up arcade games in the den. Bought my friend an Atari 2600 as soon as they came out. He had two of these crap heaps. One that only ran half the time and one for parts in the yard. My middle school brain though he was the most awesome dad ever, buying us pizza and letting us watch R rated movies recorded on free HBO weekend. At the time I though he was much better than my boring father.Now with adult hindsight, I now know he was "dad who should have taken better care of his family" and not had so many toys.
  • Dave Has to be Indy 500. Many more leaders and front passes than NASCAR, and Monaco is unwatchable with the inability to pass on that circuit.
  • Jeff How did the discussion get from an article about a 56 billion dollar pay package for Elon Musk to a proposal to charge a per mile tax on EVs in California or paying increase registration on vehicles to make up for lost gas tax revenue? I thought such a discussion would better fit Matt's Gas Wars series.
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