What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Not five minutes into his new presidency, and after having so recently sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution, President Barack Obama pledged to break it by declaring:
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.
Now, we all know that Democrats favor socialism (as do their Republican counterparts, but the Democrats are usually more vocal about it). But to promise to defy the Constitution mere minutes after swearing to support it is a mind-blowing exercise in dictatorial arrogance that leaves me with little hope of this administration’s roadmap for “recovery and reinvestment” (in all its forms). One might wonder if Obama created a Presidential paradox by declaring he would defend the Constitution from foreign and domestic enemies and then laying out an agenda to include himself in one of those categories.
Many have concluded that the inaugural speech itself was an inspirational success, but all the pomp and circumstance (to the tune of $170 million) only serves to woo people with words in order to pacify them when it comes to scrutinizing actions and policies. People can be quite forgiving and apologetic when the person in charge is an eloquent, commanding demigod-type. Just look at Steve Jobs.
Christ taught his disciples to beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. These wolves looked and acted like their potential prey, maintaining a convincing outward appearance realistically rivaling any of the sheep around them. But the reality was far different, a pernicious prelude to what would soon be evident: ravenous wolves striking at the right time and in the right conditions, subjecting all sheep to their personal whims.
By their fruit shall ye know them. Despite the rhetoric, the fluff, and the eloquence, few Americans truly know what Barack Obama will do. If he is willing within five minutes to promise to break his oath, every citizen should fear what he will do within five weeks or months, to say nothing of the next four years. Wolves show their true colors when the situation is right—so too do opportunistic politicians.
Time will tell who America has elected.