If there is one country in the world that you would not want to live in, it would be North Korea. Unfortunately, the United States of America is becoming more like North Korea with each passing day. North Korea is a totalitarian police state hellhole where the state rules supreme, the “leader” is lavishly worshipped, no dissent is tolerated, and the government micromanages everything. America is supposed to be the opposite of that, but now Barack Obama is implementing his version of “change” and he has promised to engage in the “remaking” of this nation and to transform it “brick by brick“. A tremendous “cult of personality” has been built up around Obama, and under his leadership the U.S. government has become larger and more repressive than ever before. But do we really want to “change” America so that it more closely resembles totalitarian regimes such as North Korea, communist China, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany? After all, all of those regimes have a nightmarish history of brutality and death. Even today, there are starving North Koreans that are eating their own children. Is that really where we want to end up as a nation?
The truth is that we desperately need to take America in the opposite direction of where Barack Obama is trying to take us. We need a much smaller federal government, a much greater emphasis on freedom and liberty, a return to true free market capitalism, and politicians that are willing to take a low profile and that are actually there to serve the American people.
But what we need and what we are getting are two very different things.
The following are 22 signs that Barack Obama is transforming America into a larger version of North Korea…
#1 Obama has appointed numerous socialists and communists to important positions in his administration. The following are just a few examples that were highlighted in a recent article by John Perazzo…
- Obama named Van Jones, a longtime revolutionary communist who famously declared that “we [are] gonna change the whole [economic] system,” as his “green jobs czar” in 2009;
- he appointed Carol Browner, a former “commissioner” of the Socialist International, as his “environment czar”;
- he appointed John Holdren, who not only views capitalism as a system that is inherently destructive of the environment, but strongly favors the redistribution of wealth, both within the U.S. and across international borders, as his “science czar”;
- he named Hilda Solis, a former officer of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (the socialist wing of the House of Representatives), as his labor secretary;
- and he chose Anita Dunn, a woman who has cited Mao Zedong as one of her “favorite political philosophers,” to serve as White House communications director.
#2 As Paul Roderick Gregory demonstrated in an outstanding article for Forbes, Barack Obama’s economic agenda matches the November 2011 Declaration of Principles of the Party of European Socialists almost point for point.
#3 If a totalitarian regime is going to be successful, it needs a massive government bureaucracy to run things. Today, the number of employees of the federal government is roughly equivalent to the entire population of the United States in 1776.
#4 In North Korea, dissent is brutally repressed. In the United States, we have continued to move rapidly in that direction under Barack Obama. In a recent article entitled “Obama’s War On Whistleblowers“, author Stephen Lendman wrote the following…
He said one thing. He did another. As president, he usurped diktat powers. He wages war on truth. He targets whistleblowers. He prioritizes surveillance powers.
They include warrantless wiretapping, accessing personal records, monitoring financial transactions, and tracking emails, Internet and cell phone use. It’s done lawlessly to gather secret evidence for prosecutions.
In his book “Necessary Secrets,” Gabriel Schoenfeld said he “presided over the most draconian crackdown on leaks in our history – even more so than Nixon.”
Rhetorically he supports civil liberties and transparency. “Such acts of courage and patriotism….should be encouraged rather than stifled,” he said.
At the same time, he betrayed the public trust. He targets free expression and dissent. He pursues police state prosecutions and intimidation.
He claims Justice Department immunity from illegal spying suits. He exceeds the worst of all previous administrations.
His national security state targets activists, political dissidents, anti-war protestors, Muslims, Latino immigrants, lawyers who defend them, whistleblowers, and investigative journalists.
Law Professor Jack Balkin expressed alarm, saying:
“We are witnessing the bipartisan normalization and legitimation of a national surveillance state.” Obama exceeded the worst of George Bush.
#5 Under Obama, the United States has been developing “Big Brother” surveillance technologies that dictators of the past never even dreamed were possible. For example, a very highly sophisticated surveillance grid known as “Trapwire” is being installed in major cities and at “high value targets” all over the country. Sadly, the mainstream media has not covered this at all, and most Americans still do not even realize that it exists.
#6 Under Obama, unmanned aerial vehicles are not just used for war anymore. Police departments are now starting to deploy surveillance drones in the skies over their cities all over the nation. In fact, this is something that the federal government is greatly encouraging.
#7 It was the Obama administration that came up with the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. Now the federal government has even created an iPhone app that is designed to encourage all of us to take photos of “suspicious activity” and report our neighbors to the authorities.
#8 It was the Obama administration that first instituted “enhanced pat-downs” by TSA thugs at our airports. As a result, countless numbers of men, women and children have had horrific experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives. You can read some of their horror stories right here.
#9 The U.S. military now has the authority to arrest American citizens and hold them indefinitely without trial. The Obama administration has no problem with this horrible abuse of power.
#10 A key Obama ally in the U.S House of Representatives, Congressman José Serrano of New York, has introduced a measure that would repeal the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution so that Barack Obama can continue to run for additional terms as president after his second term ends.
#11 The “cult of personality” that has built up around Barack Obama is getting quite ridiculous. Shortly after he won the recent election, actor Jamie Foxx referred to Barack Obama as “our Lord and Savior Barack Obama” during a television broadcast of the 2012 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. Such “leader worship” would fit in very well in North Korea.
#12 Since Obama won in November, there has been an increasing number of incidences in which Obama has been referred to in religious terms. For example, a recent Newsweek article referred to Barack Obama’s second term as “The Second Coming“.
#13 A painting by artist Michael D’Antuono that is now on display at Boston’s Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery recently made headlines all over the United States. In the painting, Barack Obama is wearing a crown of thorns on his head and his arms are stretched out as if he was being crucified. In the background of the painting is the presidential seal…
#14 Relentless praise from the mainstream media played a huge role in each of Obama’s election victories. The mainstream media is supposed to be objective, but there have been reports of members of the media “swooning” in his presence, and most mainstream news broadcasts leave little doubt that Obama is the “good guy” and anyone opposed to him is the “bad guy”.
#15 The Obama organization has tirelessly gathered data on potential voters. At this point, the amount of information that the Obama campaign has compiled on the American people is absolutely frightening…
If you voted this election season, President Obama almost certainly has a file on you. His vast campaign database includes information on voters’ magazine subscriptions, car registrations, housing values and hunting licenses, along with scores estimating how likely they were to cast ballots for his reelection.
#16 The Communist Party USA is cheering on Barack Obama’s efforts to disarm the American people. According to one of their official publications, “the ability to live free from the fear or threat of gun violence is a fundamental democratic right — one that far supercedes any so-called personal gun rights allegedly contained in the Second Amendment.”
#17 Under Obama, the federal government is intruding in our personal lives like never before. The following example is from a recent RT article…
Smokers, beware: tobacco penalties under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act could subject millions of smokers to fees costing thousands of dollars, making healthcare more expensive for them than Americans with other unhealthy habits.
The Affordable Care Act, which critics have also called “Obamacare”, could subject smokers to premiums that are 50 percent higher than usual, starting next Jan 1. Health insurers will be allowed to charge smokers penalties that overweight Americans or those with other health conditions would not be subjected to.
A 60-year-old smoker could pay penalties as high as $5,100, in addition to the premiums, the Associated Press reports. A 55-year-old smoker’s penalty could reach $4,250. The older a smoker is, the higher the penalty will be.
#18 Just as in North Korea, our lives are being increasingly micromanaged by a government that is packed with control freaks. At this point they even are telling us what kind of light bulbs we are allowed to buy.
#19 Federal agencies have become increasingly brutal under Obama. For example, if you milk your cow and sell some of that milk to your neighbor next door, you could end up having your home raided by federal agents.
#20 Obama has gone to great lengths to demonize his opposition. Since he has been president, numerous government papers, studies and reports have been released that identify groups of people that are opposed to Obama as “potential terrorists”. Some of the groups targeted as “potential terrorists” include those that “revere individual liberty”, “conspiracy theorists”, “returning veterans”, anti-abortion activists, those that visit “extremist websites”, those that are “fiercely nationalistic”, those that “believe in the right to bear arms”, anyone that is opposed to illegal immigration, anyone that is anti-UN, and anyone that is “suspicious of centralized federal authority”. For much more on this, please see this article.
#21 Obama’s abuse of power is not just limited to the United States. The truth is that he has increasingly been acting like some type of imperial ruler that gets to tell everyone else in the world what they are supposed to do. For example, according to a recent WND article Obama has actually promised to give eastern Jerusalem to the Palestinians even though Israel has already said that they will agree to no such thing…
Now that he has secured his second term, President Barack Obama has already secretly pledged to the Palestinians he will press Israel into a new round of so-called land-for-peace negotiations, a top Palestinian Authority negotiator told WND.
The negotiator said top members of the Obama administration told the Palestinians the U.S. president will renew talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state in the so-called 1967 borders – meaning in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and, notably, eastern Jerusalem.
#22 Many Obama supporters are becoming enamored with the idea that we should either start ignoring the Constitution or that we should get rid of it entirely. For example, Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman recently appeared on CBS and said the following to the American people…
“I’ve got a simple idea: Let’s give up on the Constitution. I know, it sounds radical, but it’s really not.”
Hey, if we got rid of the pesky Constitution, we could have a dictatorship just like North Korea does!
Barack Obama could be our king, our lord and our savior for decades!
Of course I am being sarcastic, but this is the kind of dangerous thinking that leads to tyranny.
Let us learn the hard lessons that history has tried to teach us. We don’t want to go down the same path that North Korea, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and communist China have traveled.
There is an absolutely amazing National Geographic documentary that shows what life is like inside North Korea. You can view it on YouTube right here. We don’t want our children and our grandchildren to someday live in a nation like that.
Freedom and liberty are precious things. They are very hard to win, and they are very easy to lose.
Let us not be the generation that loses everything that our forefathers worked so hard to build.
Michael Snyder is the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, The American Dream Blog and The Truth. You can follow him on Twitter right here.