Bottom line, what I fight against is the demagoguery that pulls in some very good friends and family that I care about.
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.If you search for "demagogue" on the internet, you will come up with a few links about President Obama. I don't really get that as his message is a popular, rational, progressive one about hope and helping move society forward to make better opportunities for all, not just a select few by class or money. That doesn't sound like playing on "prejudices" to me.
Is there any rational way that President Obama can be compared to the Communist Dictators of this world who really did foment class warfare with millions executed? And they were real dictators, ruthlessly holding on to political power and executing, exiling, or imprisoning those who dared disagree. Worse than the "divine right" of kings, they seemed to rule under the godless right of horror. Some are still hanging around like that crazy guy in North Korea. Really? President Obama is like that?
No. The closest comparisons you can make are to leaders like Teddy Roosevelt who promoted progressive taxation because the wealthy benefited disproportionately more from our American Society than did the working poor. Or we could compare him to President Eisenhower when tax rates on the super wealthy were an incredibly higher percentage than they are today. In those days, we financed (in part through deficit spending) a massive federal highway program that benefited all, especially the already wealthy with the means to invest in manufacturing with ease of transportation. And our economy boomed. We could even compare him to Richard Nixon (without the scandals - phony Benghazi and IRS don't even come close!) It was Nixon who promoted several environmental laws many on the Right now hate. He also involved the government in serious control of the economy. There are no free markets. It's just a matter of who you let control them. I prefer representative democracy like Nixon did rather than a privileged oligarchy.
I know I'm idealistic. I also work for the government. And I'm proud to do so because I believe in our divinely inspired Constitution and the promise of America as a land of opportunity! I'm not hearing that message from the people I mentioned above except for President Obama. What I hear from those others are a lot of argument appealing to passion stirring people to anger over Gays, Muslims, Mexicans, a historically unique President, the "lazy" poor, the "incompetent and/or lazy" government employee, and on and on. I'm sorry, but those sound more like prejudices than any rational argument.