In response to jimedfred's comment:
Mr. Reuben-Hoplite ,
Words that I don't understand ? Perhaps YOU should look up definition of totalitarianism before imputing your ignorance to others. Quote " wherein the State recognizes no limits to its' authority and tries to regulate or control every facet of society, public or private."
Sound like anyone you know ?
Let's see , overruled established bankruptcy law in order to steal from Chrysler & G..M. bondholders so as to reward union supporters from the U.A.W. : check.
Violated War Powers Act by waging attacks on Libya past the 30 day limit without a Congressional Declaration of War : check. Made recess appointments to Nat'l Labor Relations Board while Congress & Senate were NOT in recess : check.
Violated separation of powers delineated in Constitution by directing the executive branch to make legislation , e.g.: 1) Comrade Kathleen Sibelius given ad hoc powers of interpretation, formulation, and execution of "rules" involving Healthcare; 2) E.P.A. administrator granted plenary powers of implementation of standards by personal discretion; and 3) actual rules and codes comprising new Consumer Finance Protection Bill still being written--by executive branc : check. ( Although these last 3 will not survive judicial review)
Finally, regarding the whole healthcare reform deal : In order to furnish approximately 30 million uninsured with healthcare cost-effectively, WHY was it necessary to fundamentally change ( and in my opinion, destroy) the existing system for 270 million insureds ? Can you say "totalitarian overreach " ?
My friend I have taught totalitarianism: Hitler, Stalin and Mao. I know what I am talking about. And to make a comparison between those bloody dictators and a democratically elected president who is the product of the American liberal tradition is just UTTER STUPIDITY. Virtually all the items you list as facts to support your case have been accomplished in similar fashion by other leaders or as you say will not survive judicial review. Are all our presidents totalitarians? Have our courts ceased to exist? Are all countries with national healthcare systems totalitarian? You have stretched the word so that it means nothing.
And frankly, if we were a totalitarian country you would have the police knocking on your door for what you said above. Since there is no possibility of that, we are obviously not "totalitarian. We let idiots blather away wth nonsensical musings and there is no punishment. Lucky you. Be thankful you live in our great democratic republic where the rule of law is still very much the order of the day. And get an education when you have a chance.