Unfortunately, not all the news from around the world is good. It seems Putin did manage to use democracy to get himself much more power. Well, I say "democracy," but how much of a Democracy is it with as much corruption as goes on in Russia at the polls? Compare this to Venezuela. We say Putin is an ally, and these are the result in Russia. We are openly opposed to Chavez, and this is the result in Venezuela. Perhaps what this means is that the U.S. should be more vocal in its opposition to Leftists and their inevitable grasp for power.