A sitting President of the United States is organizing a political organization loyal to him, bound by a pledge, outside the government and existing party apparatus. The historical precedents are ominous…A visit to the Organizing for America (OFA) website reveals that supporters are not simply asked to sign up, they are asked to take a pledge. A pledge to support -- not the flag, not the constitution, not the country, not even the Democratic Party, but Obama and his "bold plan." OFA does not use the Democratic Party logo but the "O"-shaped logo of the Obama campaign….hHe Knock on the Door, Lona Manning, the American Thinker, 3/23/09
It is a measure of the historical ignorance of today’s American young people that few, if any, of Obama’s young supporters have pointed out the dismal parallels to this organization, found, as Manning notes, in Chavez’s Venezuela, Mao’s China, Hitler’s Germany, Pol Pot’s Kampuchea, and Stalin’s USSR. Pledging political support to an individual, what used to be called the cult of personality, is a political pathology appropriate to dictatorships and regimes. It marks the total abandonment of the notion of a law regulating the lives of human beings. Instead, one person, unanswerable to any law, regulates the lives of all. How many tens of millions of examples of where this terminates are necessary? Is it a semantic problem, the meaning, for example, of never again?
Keep in mind that these acolytes have renounced any thought of questioning the actual policies of the maximum leader. Whatever he says, they are for it. They have given their word…(Knock on the Door…cont’d)
Taken with then-candidate Obama’s promise last August of a civil defense corps, funded at the same level as the armed forces, this is more than suggestive of a totalitarian bandit hoping to so totally dominate discussion as to obliterate opposition. Picture, if you will, a million young men and women, answerable to no one, patrolling American streets. Does this suggest a free republic or Bolshevik Russia? Perhaps Jim Cramer, the financial impresario, is right in describing Obama as a latter day Lenin.