“Anna Anderson” (Anastasia Romanov) perceived how Russia alternates between a weak tsar and a strong tsar. So does the United States alternate between Democrat and Republican. Tsar Alexander, a strong tsar, helped Abraham Lincoln preserve the Union. Strong Tsar Donald Trump would truly be strong if he did not condone torture.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Weak Tsar, Strong Tsar”, published to YouTube on January 26, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 9 minutes and 6 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
In James Blair Lovell’s biography of “Anna Anderson” (Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov), the surviving Romanov explains the “weak tsar/strong tsar” concept:
There will be a czar of Russia again… There is no mistake about this. So, as things are, it doesn’t stay forever. Never! A Peter the Great must be born again – that is necessary… 
A weak Russian Tsar would be, for example, Boris Yeltsin. A strong Russian Tsar would be Vladimir Putin.
We alternate also in the United States, between Democrat and Republican. We now have a Republican “Tsar”, Donald Trump. However in the case of President Trump, things are complicated by his own party not standing entirely behind him.
Little remembered is how Russia once helped Abraham Lincoln to preserve the Union. Tsar Alexander II, in 1863, ordered the Russian navy to deploy to the east and west coasts of the U.S. This presence of the Russian navy warned off Britain and France against interfering in the American Civil War. 
Thomas Wolfe (1900 – 1938) warned against “a recrudescence of an old barbarism” in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again. We all have “atavistic yearnings” warned Wolfe, and we must guard against them. These yearnings arrive from the Id, a theorized primitive portion of our brains.
“Donald Trump says torture ‘absolutely works’ in first major interview as President,” reports Britain’s Independent newspaper. 
“Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views,” tweeted President Trump a few days ago. 
Taking Mr. Trump at his word, I now express my dissenting view. We (the United States) are the “good guys.” We do not torture people. I fear a “recrudescence of an old barbarism” in the very thought that torture can be somehow “O.K.” America, beware the atavistic yearnings which can lead us back into the cave.
——- Sources ——-
 Anastasia, by James Blair Lovell. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.
 The Creature From Jekyll Island, by G. Edward Griffin. Westlake Village, CA: American Media, Eighth printing, February 1999.
 “Donald Trump says torture ‘absolutely works’ in first major interview as President”, by Adam Withnall. Independent (UK, online), January 26, 2017. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-abc-news-interview-president-torture-works-a7546616.html
 “First Week Of Trump”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, January 23, 2017. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/first-week-of-trump/