Vlad the Impaler reborn

The real Count Dracula was a far cry from the campy figure we know from the movies.

Vladimir Dracula was a vicious ruler of Romania in the 15th century. He was known as Vlad the Impaler.

The latest reincarnation of Vlad the Impaler is Vlad Putin. He seeks to restore Russia to its former “glory” by crushing all opposition to his dreams of empire, especially people who have shown an appreciation of democracy.

Ukraine is in his sights because it seeks to be independent of his despotic rule. The democratic impulse there must be ruthlessly crushed, lest others think they can get away with even thinking about self rule.

Ukrainians are putting up a valiant fight against overwhelming odds. Their heroism is inspiring. The targeting of civilian populations and other war crimes committed by Russian forces are sickening.

Also sickening is the support Putin is getting from Trump the Traitor and his mindless minions.

If it is true that democracy is on the ropes today, it is because of Trump’s relentless assaults on truth and lawful rule, and the support he gets from most quarters in the GOP.

Trump is one of Putin’s boldest enablers. You wonder whether Putin has something really damaging to hold over him, or whether Trump is so totally self-absorbed that he cares nothing at all about others, or whether he is simply dumber than a brick.

Or maybe all of the above.

Trump the Traitor and Vlad the Impaler are evil twins. Pray that neither achieve their dreams of domination.

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