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Obama Campaign Manager Sends Email Begging for Gun Control Support

D G Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:51 PM
Definition of "demagogue" fits Obama perfectly. Here is Wikipedia's definition: A demagogue (/'d?m?g?g/) or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, prejudices, and ignorance of the poorer and less-educated classes in order to gain power. Demagogues usually oppose deliberation and advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis; they accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness. Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population.
D G Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:52 PM
Can anyone name some famous demagogues who became dictators?
Ken6226 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:53 PM
Imiss40 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:55 PM
Wellllll, Adolph Hitler springs to mind...
Chestertonfan Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:58 PM
Lenin, Trotsky, Mao, Khomeini, Castro are a few others that immediately spring to mind.

President Obama's top campaign adviser Jim Messina is still sending campaign emails (the campaign ended over two months ago). This time, Messina is asking supporters to help push President Obama's gun control agenda. From the email:

Friend --

Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan to protect our children and our communities by helping reduce gun violence.

We won't stop every violent act like the one in Newtown, Connecticut. But if we can save the life of even one child, the President believes each of us has a responsibility to take action.