Former Nixon aide and longtime Republican standard-bearer Pat Buchanan published a column on Friday in which he heaped praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin for being a “traditional Christian” leader who “rejects the moral relativism of the West.”
The column lamented the degeneration of the European Union into a “soft managerial state” with no real military or economic might.
Symptomatic of the dangerous “cosmopolitanism” that Buchanan claimed is sapping the power from ideas like “home,” “race,” “blood group,” and “fatherland” is the triumph of Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst in the 2014 Eurovision contest.
“That victory in the recent Eurovision contest of Conchita, the bearded transvestite drag queen who performed in a gown, though celebrated by much of the European press, sent a message to millions of traditionalists that this is no longer their culture,” said Buchanan.
It has fallen the Russia and the former Eastern Bloc, he wrote, to uphold true values in the world.
“Putin not only publicly rejects the moral relativism of the West, under his guidance Russian social legislation is being consciously rooted in traditional Christian concepts of right and wrong,” Buchanan said.
Former KGB director Putin and conservative Russian legislators have done everything in their power to criminalize LGBT behaviors, making it a crime to speak about or portray same-sex relationships in a positive light under the so-called “gay propaganda” law. The Russian Parliament has stripped LGBT people of the right to adopt children and barred adoption of Russian orphans to countries that allow same-sex marriage.
Waves of anti-LGBT violence have seized the former Soviet Union as thugs have beaten, burned, tortured, and killed men and women who are accused of having any “non-traditional” sexual orientation.
Under Putin’s firm hand, Buchanan said, Russia is “moving to occupy the cultural-moral vacuum left by America. As we celebrate multiculturalism, LGBT rights and abortion on demand, Putin repudiates Hollywood values.”