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Obama Versus Obama

jimmylynn Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 3:21 AM
Dr. Sowell, I applaude another admirable column. Obama is indeed changing our government. As I indicated with a comment on your last column, Obama is taking us down the same road that Rome went down. He works to surplant a President of the United States with a dictatorship, but he wants to do so while keeping the masses convinced that they still have a Republic form of government.
Ron4594 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 8:24 AM
America needs obamba to have the same type of bodyguards that Nero had.
PhillupSpace2 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 4:03 AM
Rome was a Republic, the Senate ran the country. It was a short time after they started their Democracy experiment that they wound up with Caligula!
jimmylynn Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 4:27 AM
I know they were a Republic.....until Augustus who circumvented the People of Rome while allowing them to believe they still had a Republic form of government.

"The Roman Empire developed from the Roman Republic after its ascent to the dominant power in Europe, and is characterised by the concentration of power in one individual, rather than the "Senate and People of Rome". However, Augustus, universally accepted to have been the first emperor, was careful to maintain the facade of republican rule, and took no specific title to mark his rule...."
PhillupSpace2 Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 2:50 PM
I was not implying you were unaware; I was just being brief.
Many voters will be comparing Mitt Romney with Barack Obama between now and election day. But what might be even more revealing would be comparing Obama with Obama. There is a big contrast between Obama based on his rhetoric ("Obama 1") and Obama based on his record ("Obama 2").

For example, during the 2008 election campaign, Obama 1 spoke of "opening up and creating more transparency in government," so that government spending plans would be posted on the Internet for days before they passed into legislation. After he was elected president, Obama said, "My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level...