As I watched Obama this past week on ABC's This Week, CBS' 60 Minutes, CBS' David Letterman, CBS' Face the Nation, NBC's Meet the Press, Univision, and CNN, I realized that it had nothing to do with healthcare. It has everything to do with him. He has appeared on TV 125 times in his 8 months in office, versus 40 times for Bush and Clinton over the same time frame. He thinks very highly of himself. Only he has the answers. Only he can sell his agenda to the American public. How do you reach the most people, go on TV. His minions have failed to sell America on his brand of totalitarianism. Only the supreme leader can do the job right. He doesn't have a humble bone in his body. The phrase Cult of Personality popped into my mind driving on the Schuykill this morning, so I looked it up in wikipedia. Here is what I found:
A cult of personality arises when a country's leader uses mass media to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. Cults of personality are often found in dictatorships and Stalinist governments.
A cult of personality is similar to general hero worship, except that it is created specifically for political leaders. However, the term may be applied by analogy to refer to adulation of religious or non-political leaders.
Generally, personality cults are most common in regimes with totalitarian systems of government, that seek to radically alter or transform society according to (supposedly) revolutionary new ideas. Often, a single leader becomes associated with this revolutionary transformation, and comes to be treated as a benevolent "guide" for the nation, without whom the transformation to a better future cannot occur. This has been generally the justification for personality cults that arose in totalitarian societies of the 20th century, such as those of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
Not all dictatorships foster personality cults, and some leaders may actively seek to minimize their own public adulation. For example, in the regime of Pol Pot in Cambodia, the image of Pol Pot himself was rarely seen. On the other hand, in North Korea there exists a very successful cult of personality, which includes actual semi-worship of both the father (Kim Il-sung) and son (Kim Jong-il).
Mr. Obama wants to revolutionize our healthcare system. He wants to revolutionize our energy system through Cap & Trade. He has taken over our auto industry and our banking industry. The military is not being downsized. It is growing. The Department of Homeland Security is not getting smaller, it is getting bigger. Government is getting bigger. Freedom and liberty are shrinking. Does this remind you of any other regimes from the 20th Century?