The map and table below indicate the recent national source of page views on my blog as reported by Google Stats. Never have I seen the clicks from Russia exceed those from the United States. In fact I don’t recall the Russian viewers being more than a small fraction of US viewers before this.
I attribute this surge of Russian audience to the “Trump effect.” Trump has hinted at greater friendship with Russia along with his appreciation of Russia’s assistance in our common fight against the threat posed by the Islamic ideology and the fanatics who implement it.
I have thought for some time that the alleged hostile relationship between Russia and the United States was overblown. We have much more in common than we have differences.
Over the last couple of decades Russia has edged a bit toward the freer political and economic systems of the US. There is still a ways to go.
And, sadly, the United States has edged toward the more regulated and less free political and economic systems of Russia.
While we have not yet “met in the middle” – there are still great differences in our political systems and economies – we are more alike than most realize: In religion, in race, in cultures, in aspirations, and in many cases, in heritage.
Donald Trump recognizes the common interests we share. He is a breath of fresh air in that regard and in many other ways.
Hopefully there are those in Russia who also appreciate the good that can come from those who share the reality of our common interests as well.
Entry Page views
- Russia 157
- United States 130
- Brazil 14
- Japan 14
- China 7
- Italy 4
- Germany 3
- France 3
- Canada 2
- India 2