Over at National Review, Victor Davis Hanson laments Vladimir Putin’s homophobia and outrageous incarceration of “Pussy Riot,” which he negatively contrasts to Miley Cyrus becoming fabulously wealthy by insulting America’s religious values:
“All that said, there is a value for us in Putin. I don’t mean the strange Pat Buchanan–style admiration for Putin’s creepy reactionary social agenda and his tirades about Western social decadence. Rather, I refer to Putin’s confidence in his unabashedly thuggish means, the brutal fashion in which a modern state so unapologetically embraces the premodern mind to go after its critics, be they journalists or academics, or stifles free debate without worry over Western censure. Putin is a mirror showing more than just what we should not be.
We in the West get into fiery debates over civil union versus gay marriage as the appropriate legal means of recognizing homosexual unions, with all the accompanying charges of insensitivity — without much notice of how the vast majority of gays are treated elsewhere in the world. In contrast, Putin, mostly to global silence, does nothing as his thugs with impunity terrorize gay activists (who mostly demonstrate for basic freedom of speech, not marriage). Miley Cyrus insults our sensibilities and becomes fabulously rich; the Pussy Rioters go to jail. …”
Note: For another example of US ‘mainstream’ conservatism, see Glenn Beck’s decision to “Stand With GLAAD” Against “Russian Hetero-Fascism.”