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Bloggers Flog Woody Allen's 'Obama Dictator' Comment

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 05:25 PM

Although comedian/director Woody Allen seemed dead serious with his star-struck comment that President Obama is doing such a stellar job that he should become dictator, bloggers are having fun jeering at not only Allen but also the idea.

During a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Allen is quoted as saying “I am pleased with Obama. I think he’s brilliant.”

So brilliant, the eccentric, Oscar-winning director said, "it would be good . . . if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly."

Who’s stopping him, you ask? Well, Allen has his own spin: “The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him.”

The quotes brought this comment on a Fox News blog: “Woody Allen has a strange take on the democracy that allowed him to become rich and famous.” That blogger also notes Allen’s “famously strange relationship with reality,” including his troubled marital background and some legal troubles.

The Los Angeles Times’ “Top of the Ticket” blog carries the sarcastic headline of “Top political strategist Woody Allen thinks Obama would get much more done as dictator; No, really.”

The blogger then scoffs, “The notorious and formerly funny movie director Woody Allen is apparently frustrated with the cumbersome operations of American democracy too.”

At Prisonplanet.com, blogger Steve Watson writes sneeringly that Allen’s comment was “another display of cult like Obama worship.”

“Allen’s comments recall the disturbing drivel we were forced to endure when Obama entered office, as celebrities pledged their ‘service’ to the president and vowed to ‘be a servant,’ while encouraging their mind washed fans to do the same,” Watson writes.

Watson also addresses the implications of such a dictatorship, saying, “Presumably under a Woody Allen imagined Obama dictatorship, the president’s recent statement ‘The practice of listening to opposing views, is essential for effective citizenship’ would no longer apply and we’d just be forced to listen to Obama’s views and abide by his.”

Beliefnet.com sees two problems, not counting the fact it doesn’t respect the messenger: “First, and most importantly, the idea he's touting is idiotic and grossly un-American. Ideas should be judged on their merit alone, aside from the messenger who delivers them. And this idea, even had it been championed by Billy Graham or Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mouse would be on its face, ludicrous and even evil. No human, Obama included, has the wisdom or self-control to handle absolute power. Power tends to corrupt; absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely. Let's not try this folly again.”

Phil Boehmke at americanthinker.com expresses sarcastic amazement, writing, “I never cease to marvel at the political brilliance of the Hollywood crowd.”

Also alluding to Allen’s personal peccadilloes, Boehmke writes, “Gee if only Obama could be dictator, would he have a place for Woody in his regime? Perhaps as ‘safe schools czar.’ And if only Woody Allen had studied history, then he would have learned what sort of things a dictator usually does quickly.”

Blogger Mark Whittington takes a serious, scolding approach at associatedcontent.com, writing, “One is very certain that Woody Allen has not quite thought through the implications of his proposal, even if he was correct that Barack Obama could do a lot of good things quickly if given dictatorial powers, which is demonstrably false. A dictatorship comes with it all the tools of dictating, including official censorship (which as a film maker and author Allen ought to oppose), a secret police, punishments without a proper trial, concentration camps, sanctioned torture (the real kind), and all the rest.”

Aside from the fact that dictatorships actually aren’t all that efficient, Whittington writes, “As a Jewish man who has used Jewish stereotypes in his art, Woody Allen should instantly recognize what making Barack Obama Maximum Leader would bring. The system is called fascism, a variant of which was the ideological underpinnings of the Holocaust. The Holocaust, after all, is the ultimate tool of the dictator; the ability to make large numbers of enemies of the State, real and imagine, disappear in a hurry.”

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