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Barack Obama: A Monarch For Our Times

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Barack Obama: A Monarch For Our Times 

By Sherwood Ross

Barack Obama is a president who has arrogated kingly powers to himself. Some of the most invidious rulers of by-gone empires may have first used criminal tactics to subjugate their populations yet few ever employed them as cavalierly as Mr. Obama. A few comparisons may be in order.

Take Louis X1V, a.k.a. "The Sun King," (1638-1715) of France. Here was an absolute monarch who opened other people's mail to see what critics thought of him. In this way he was more than 300 years ahead of President Obama, who only adopted NSA mail snooping during his presidency starting in 2009. But whereas King Louis only snooped on his courtiers and countrymen now and then, Obama snoops on the whole world all of the time, in short, SuperSnoop. He could, however, explain his actions by quoting the famous phrase of Louis X1V, "It is legal because I wish it." If reading other peoples' mail is something a king would do, does that make Obama a king? Not necessarily, but a further glance at the historical record and things start to add up.

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Genghis Khan's savage "Golden Horde" swept out of Mongolia into medieval Europe and western Asia, leveling all before it. The triumphant Emperor told citizens of the Turkish city Bukhara he had just razed that he was "the flail of god" and was punishing them for their sins. After his speech, he massacred them. Mr. Obama skips the rhetoric. When he signs off on a drone missile strike he doesn't bother to inform his victims of their sins.  He just acts like "the flail of god."

Mary I, of England, burned 300 Protestants at the stake in her determination to reduce the Catholic faith to ashes in UK. These atrocities earned her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary." So far, U.S. drone strikes, begun by President Bush and vastly escalated by Mr. Obama, have killed 4,700 human beings in Pakistan and other Middle East countries, as well as The Philippines. Why shouldn't the term "Bloody Barack" be applicable here?  

In King Abdullah's modern Saudi Arabia, the accused are often denied their right to examine witnesses at trials, very much like prisoners at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Abdullah urged the U.S. to avoid the shame of notorious Gitmo by releasing its prisoners and tracking them through an implanted microchip, like race horses. John O. Brennan, the CIA director, poured cold water on that idea. He informed Abdullah that "horses don't have good lawyers" (ho! ho! ho!) but that such a proposal would "face legal hurdles" in law-abiding America. This reply ordinarily would convulse us with laughter except that when Brennan and Obama, (a former CIA payroller) get together the good buddies go right to the Hellfire missiles. 
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The notorious Roman Emperor Caligula tried enemies for treason. Obama, however, has dispensed with trials for those imprisoned in Guantanamo and elsewhere and signed into law the infamous National Defense Authorization Act. This law---which, in effect, terminates law---allows him to direct the military to clap any American in prison indefinitely, without even the benefit of a Caligula- (or Stalin-style) treason trial. Kingly conduct? Caligula also thought he should be regarded as, and treated like, a god. So far, Mr. Obama has been modestly mum on this subject. 

Finally, when dictator Idi Amin Dada ruled Uganda (1971-99) he was notorious for his extrajudicial killings and genocide. Obama's attacks concentrated on Muslim victims also reek of genocide. And they're compounded by the dragnet arrests that single out Muslims as well. The fact is, Obama, like President George W. Bush before him, have ruled as kings. They are the first human beings on the planet able to order the death of another person on the other side of the world from the comfort and security of the Oval Office and execute human beings at their whim. Mr. Obama reportedly told his staff, "I didn't know I'd be so good at killing." Well, a king has got to be good at something. So bow down! He's a monarch for our times. #


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Sherwood Ross worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and contributed a regular "Workplace" column for Reuters. He has contributed to national magazines and hosted a talk show on WOL, Washington, D.C. In the Sixties he was active as public (more...)

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