A truly free and democratic country has diverse and independent sources of power within society, not just govt power. Such independent sources of power are both individuals and groups, such as religion, business, NRA, ACLU, Salvation Army, etc, including the rich. Yes, the rich gave us pro football and hollywood and many prosperous corporations. The rich with their philanthropy and business sense have done more good for society than govt ever has. Obama wants to destroy all independent sources of power not allied with him(labor unions). The GOP is so lame-brained it can't defend the rich as legitimate, so the GOP just goes along with Obama.