Barack Obama has vilified a small minority to whip up popular anger. Obama has turned that anger into political support. While Obama portrays himself as a new style of politician, the mistreatment of a small minority to gain popular support is one of the oldest tricks in the political book. History tells us, however, that politicians who use such tactics rarely stop there.

The small minority vilified by Obama is the “richest 5%” of people. In almost every speech, Obama harps on the need to tax the richest 5% more. Joe Biden says doing so is patriotic.

What’s not to like about maligning people who make more than we do? After all, they’re only 5% of the population. The rest of us are safe. Maybe when Obama is done taxing them, we can loot their houses and steal their women.

Haven’t we seen this tactic before? Haven’t we learned the people who play class warfare or set up minorities for ridicule never stop at that. When there is not enough money to squeeze from the unpatriotic richest 5%, Obama will move on to the unpatriotic richest 10%, then 20%, and so on.

Before you know it, anyone who so much as questions Obama’s policies will be ridiculed, investigated, targeted and denounced. Don’t believe me? There’s this guy in Ohio, I think his name is Joe the Plumber, who can tell you all about it.

Totalitarian societies do not start out totalitarian. Whether it is Vladimir Lenin, Fidel Castro, or Hugo Chavez, dictators start with a minority and then spread their intimidation to the general population. The tipping point is when the press becomes the cheerleader for the new leader, not the independent watchdog. We have already passed that point long ago in this campaign. The mainstream press does not need to be intimidated; the press already is part of the campaign.

We have forgotten Martin Niemöller’s famous warning:

“In Germany, they came first for the Communists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . .
And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

At the rate we are going, who will be left when Obama comes for us?