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Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?
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Posted By: bles(5) on 6/21/2010 | 10:21 PM ET


It's one thing to disagree with the POTUS. But what you have posted here is an ugly display of self
hatred and a general contempt for humanity. Nothing here but statements without supporting
arguments, crumbs for the crowd as you preach to the choir. Dr. Sowell, since you have decided to
invoke the spirit of the Nazi era may I suggest that you have something in common with a player from
that time, Dr. Goebbels. You both seem to have received the same education.

Posted By: RoninMaximus(5) on 6/21/2010 | 10:18 PM ET


While the country continues its slide into something for which its fundamental composition is at odds
with, it can be said the clown in office presently is nothing more than a continuation of what preceded
him. Bush and Clinton before him, as well, GHW Bush et al are as responsible as Congress the
American people continue to allow to drive into life not governed by a Constitutionally limiting
Government, but of a not-s o-slow progression of fear and the created tyranny it invites in. Filth.

Posted By: Arty(10) on 6/21/2010 | 10:15 PM ET


Antisocialist should learn what a "slippery slope" is. Individuals like you and Sowell who know nothing of
the Constitution until a democrat is in office, are the reason we are losing this country. Both parties are
corrupt. The few true Constitutionalists like Rep. Ron Paul are hated by people like antisocialist
because they actually believe in the law no matter who is in office.

Posted By: Stevart(0) on 6/21/2010 | 10:10 PM ET


On one level he is the perfect Tammany Hall pol. Weened by Bill Daley Jr. as the Kennedys were by
Daley senior, he is schooled in the art shakedown/Chicago politics. On another level he IS a text book
communist who is playing out the Marxist idea that socialism is the last phase of capitalism before the
communist revolution. The oil spill, bad economy are nothing to this ideologue. They are the equivalent
of the "pangs of the Messiah"! BLOOD WILL SOON FLOW ON THE STREETS OF THE USA! Yippee!

Posted By: Patriotdoc(485) on 6/21/2010 | 10:09 PM ET


Thank you, Mr. Sowell for a great essay. Your last sentence has set me thinking again. Is Obama a front
man for One World Order types, or the Saudis (Google Obama Saudi connection and Percy Sutton), or
the Bill Ayers-SDS-Weathermen types, or Soros, or who? All of these creeps are against a sovereign,
strong and free America. Or is Obama just acting out what he was trained to be by his Marxist mentors,
a Chavez-Castro-Lenin wannabe, who's going as far as the useful idiots let him?

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