Ben Shapiro
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Today, Obama and his followers demonize anyone who challenges the Obama agenda as unpatriotic traitors to the country. Even leaving aside U.S. Department of Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano’s egregious report on the threat of "right-wing extremism," Obama’s targeting of Rush Limbaugh, and the likely Obama-influenced United Kingdom banning of radio talk show host Michael Savage, Obama’s entire persona is geared toward his personal elevation. His website, BarackObama.com, continues to run apace despite his elevation to the presidency -- only now, the focus of the website is "Organizing for America." The website leads off with this Leninesque quote from Obama: "I’m asking you to believe. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington … I’m asking you to believe in yours."

"Organizing for America" is run by David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager, who has purposefully stayed out of the White House in order to maximize his capability to mobilize Obama’s campaign base. Those who sign up for "Organizing for America" are instructed to go door to door to persuade neighbors to sign petitions in favor of the Obama agenda -- not because they believe in Obama’s policies, but because Obama is asking America to "believe … in my ability."

Obama’s foreign policy is similarly self-centered. He has leveraged his personal appeal by shaking hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, giving exclusive interviews to Al-Arabiya, and sending video messages to the Iranian people. He has spoken to cheering throngs throughout Europe. His supporters proclaim that Obama has raised America’s prestige around the globe. But polls demonstrate that while Obama is personally popular in Muslim countries like Jordan (58 percent think he will have a positive impact on the Middle East), Saudi Arabia (53 percent), United Arab Emirates (52 percent), Kuwait (47 percent) and Lebanon (43 percent), the United States is not nearly as popular: only 38 percent of Saudis have a favorable view of the U.S., with 36 percent of Jordanians approving, 34 percent of United Arab Emirates residents, and 31 percent of Lebanese. The rest of the world recognizes that Obama’s policies are separable from the United States’ policies and political philosophies more broadly. Obama does not.

Despite certain early warning signs of incipient tyranny, the Obama administration is not Hitlerian or Leninesque. They are still bound by the dictates of the republican electoral system. We must guard those dictates especially carefully, however, in a time when the Cult of Obama casually suggests that disagreement with the Great Leader is tantamount to anti-Americanism.

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Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
 
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