By Candace Salima, Contributor, US Daily Review.
My husband and I don’t have children. But we’ve had no shortage of young people living in our home over the years. We live within 5 to 10 minutes driving distance of two major universities, so we’ve had numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins living with us over the years. The latest two are getting back on their feet. One I’ve had long talks with over the state of our nation and where we’re headed. It’s been intriguing, to say the least.
For instance, we’ve discussed the communist commune Barack Obama grew up in once he lived with his grandparents. Oddly, by virtue of the fact the people lived there willingly, it wasn’t communist at all. It was just a commune of like minded folks. But I digress, my nephew proceeded to tell me the bulk of his family in Hawaii believe it is time for America to have a dictator. The shock which reverberated through me at that statement left me speechless. The fact that they even entertain those thoughts show me they have no idea what a dictator is, nor do they understand the complete cessation of freedom. But let’s take a stroll through history and learn a little more about dictators.
First, and foremost, let’s remember that dictators control everything, including every aspect of your life. And I do mean every aspect.
Let’s begin with the recently departed Kim Jong Il of North Korea. He dined on lobster while his people starved. It is reported 43% of the children under five in North Korea are malnourished. Thousands languish in prisons solely because they disagreed with the North Korean government. Everything is dictated by the government, all communication monitored and the internet is only accessed by the favored.
Who could forget Pol Pot, a communist who rose to power as the prime minister of Cambodia in 1975. Taking advantage of the revolutionary war he was leading, he transformed Cambodia into a socialist nation. One of the world’s most vicious dictators, he forced people living in the cities to move to the country and working on communal farms and labor projects. He had a “death list” and executed it, using “class warfare” as the reason he was cleansing the Cambodian government of all with Thai descent. Throughout his rule, it is estimated 1.8 million people lost their lives to the Pol Pot government.
Yet another communist who spent time in prison, just like Pol Pot, before rising to power, is Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Chavez loudly proclaims his communist proclivities, aligning himself with every communist nation in the world. Like Barack Obama, Chavez identified himself as a communist by the time he was in his early twenties. A revolutionary for years, after becoming president, Chavez set about nationalizing Venezuelan industry. He jailed opponents, squelched freedom of the press, and the judiciary is now under his control. Although people have died at his command, he does not equal the numbers of Pol Pot. Actually, not many can.
Those are the just three such dictators. I don’t have the space for Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad, Myanmar’s U Thein San, Cuba’s Fidel and Raul Castro, the USSR’s Joseph Stalin, and so many more. None of them, not one single dictator in history, has ever spawned happiness in the nation they controlled. Only despair, poverty and death reigned supreme in the nations they ruled.
And these Americans are calling for Barack Obama to suspend the U.S. Constitution and take over, establishing himself as the dictator. It’s difficult to say which is more moronic and self-destructive, their call for a dictator or Barack Obama believing he could accomplish it.
The Founding Fathers, knowing of the despotic history of the nations of the world, carefully crafted the U.S. Constitution to protect us from such horrors. So to those asking for a dictator? Hush up, you know not of what you ask.
Candace Salima is a radio talk show host, author, columnist, and makes her home in the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about her at www.CandaceSalima.com. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.