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Putin and Xi ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West

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By DARIA LITINOVA and KEN MORITSUGU

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America has a circus every 4 years where people argue with each other on stage and then a leader is chosen but inevitably, half the country hates the elected leader, no matter who wins.

Then for 4 years everybody is at each other's throats, constantly arguing, refusing to even show basic civility at times to people from the "other team". Every TV station is either comically biased towards one team or the other.

The government is basically just a big court proceeding as each team is constantly trying to investigate the other.

The modern American system is a total dysfunctional mess.

Russia just has Putin. He's the boss, and everybody knows it.

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The article does not support the headline in any way.

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The modern American system is a total dysfunctional mess.

Russia just has Putin. He's the boss, and everybody knows it.

@Burning Bush

So Putin is "the boss", what exactly is so endearing about an unelected leader with a bunch of gangsters in office that stows away hidden yachts and billionaire mansions at the expense of the Russian people while proclaiming propaganda about "the west" to keep his population under control? Recent opposition leaders have been thrown in jail under false pretenses and who knows what other god-awful things are happening in secret there.

American democracy has issues, this is undeniable. But to say the Russian system is a better choice is laughable. And Putin is a damn KGB crook. Something tells me you haven't looked at what real democracies look like. Look at the political system of Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany and other European countries. The US should try to model itself on these countries, not dictatorships.

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Leader for life is Trump's fantasy as well.

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My opinion is valid, and is held by many political academics, which is that Russian people prefer strong, stable leaders. They don't want the 4 year rotating circus deal with gimmicky speeches and colorful balloons.

This is also true of Chinese society, which is based on Confucius thought, and thus holds a stable, clear and hierarchical structured society in high regard.

Cultures and philosophical thought varies throughout the world.

Deal with it.

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Xi and Putin are the worse type of dictators who are power addicts and believe they are the only ones to lead their countries. Russia and China are not democratic countries. Their oppositions are attested and thrown in jails or killed.

There was great hope for Russia after the fall of the Soviets.

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This is not anything new nor shocking. What dictator do you know of that didn't want to hold onto power until the end?

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A challenge to the West? Not if you are Trump, in which case they are role models.

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A challenge to the West? Not if you are Trump, in which case they are role models.

Au contraire! Trump is his own role model. He is the first non-politician to become president since Eisenhower but he won't be the last.

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