Bill Murchison

Possibly, because in a generally free marketplace -- the kind for which our president appears not really to care -- people don't want to be lectured by their leaders as to the virtuousness of particular consumer choices. They tend to like making their own choices

A socialist Obama doubtless is not in the developed sense of believing government should own -- outright -- the means of production and distribution. On the other hand, as we know very well from observation, he has a highly developed sense of what voters ought to want. That is, if they had a lick of sense and listened to their grand and glorious leader.

Leaders who, as they see it, the public bloody well ought to listen to, have never been as common in America as in other parts of the world. Wherever they live, theirs is a nosy, often suffocating, vision of duty. Their duty is to command, ours to follow. Take it from Obama; he knows, better than we do ourselves, what's best for us. He knows, moreover, what we should do -- namely, vote for him. Put more and more power in his benevolent hands, enabling him to bestow upon us the favors -- e.g., compulsory federal health care -- he knows we desire and require.

He knows that we depend on it. He knows something else as well: That he may be about to have another go at it, for four long years, not just because the Republicans are dolts, which many are, but because we admire him and love him. When hearing that great, melodious voice, we can't help but swoon.

Well, aren't you swooning now?!

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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