"Someone recently pointed out how much Barack Obama’s style and strategies resemble those of Latin American charismatic despots the takeover of industries by demagogues who never ran a business, the rousing rhetoric of resentment addressed to the masses, and the personal cult of the leader promoted by the media. Do we want to become the world’s largest banana republic?" - Thomas Sowell.

So far as I recall, despots are not elected by a clear majority of the people.

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