Some people like a country that runs well. They are not protesters.
They want strong leaders. If the economy is strong, they feel good. If other people respect the country, they feel good. If the opposition is not strong, that is too bad. If the press is timid, well that is not a big deal.
Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia. He scores high on most of these points. He is a “Russia First” advocate. His actions in the Middle East and Ukraine are to show the strength of Russia. The economy is bad because other countries are using “sanctions.” They are trying to hurt the mother country.
Donald Trump is running for president of the United States. He admires Putin more than he does Barack Obama. Why? He says, “Putin has been a leader far more than our leader.” He also said, “Putin has strong control over his country.”
Except, America did not want strong leaders. They become tyrants. That is the reason for the American Constitution. The Constitution limits the control exercised by any one person. It does this through the process of checks and balances. The U.S. has an Executive branch. That is the president. The U.S. has a Legislative branch. That is the Congress. The U.S. has a judicial branch. It is our courts. The U.S. has a “Fourth Branch” of government. It is a free press.
Putin is an “authoritarian.” He stifles the Russian press. He rewards his friends. He removes opposition from the Russian legislature. Some say he beats his enemies. Some are dead. For these reasons, many do not see Putin as a model for an American leader.
Donald Trump sees Putin as a role model. For example, he has said that if he is president, he will make it easier to sue the U.S. press.
Some people admire “strong man” leaders like Putin. People who favor democracies do not.
Source: The New York Times September 10, 2016