Abraham Lincoln wrote, "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." That means putting country ahead of party and conscience ahead of conformity. And that is why I am a FORMER Republican.
Don't misunderstand this. Vladimir Putin is a consummate politician and a master of the geopolitical arena who has been running circles around President Obama as long as the two have been in power. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a bull in the china shop who knows nothing about foreign policy and lacks the temperament to conduct it successfully even if he knew what he was doing.
But there is a sense in which Trump and Putin are alike: the appeal of both is that they tell their constituency what they want to hear.