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Savage: Founders envisioned 'petty dictator' like Obama

Amid a three-pronged attack on the U.S. Constitution by Democrats, talk-radio host Michael Savage reminded his listeners that America’s Founding Fathers built into the nation’s founding document checks and balances that anticipated the rise of a dictator who would try to seize power.

Barack Obama is the type of “petty dictator” the Founders envisioned, Savage told his national audience tonight.

The top-rated talk host noted Obama expressed frustration in an interview Sunday regarding the limits imposed by the Constitution “without even understanding that it was a man like him that [the Founders] feared would come to possess the presidency one day.”

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Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer Sunday that “people” have been “frustrated” that “I have not been able to force Congress to implement every aspect of what I said in 2008.”

“Well, you know,” the president continued, “it turns out that our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.”

Savage also pointed to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s disdain of the U.S. Constitution in an interview with Egyptian television in Cairo last week and a New York Times story published today that characterized the founding document as old and insufficient for today’s world.

Ginsburg said in the interview with Al Hayat television Feb. 1 that the Middle East country’s revolutionaries should not regard the U.S. Constitution as a model.

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” Ginsburg said. “I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, have an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done.”

Savage commented that there’s been “a concerted effort on the part of Obama, Ginsburg – and now the New York Times is chiming in – saying the Constitution is out of date, it’s old, it guarantees too few rights and it’s time to change [it].”

“They want the Constitution to be rewritten,” Savage said.

The New York Times article, by Adam Liptak, began with asserting the Constitution “has seen better days.”

“Sure, it is the nation’s founding document and sacred text,” Liptak wrote. “And it is the oldest written national constitution still in force anywhere in the world. But its influence is waning.”

Savage surmised that Liptak’s ancestors likely fled czarist Russia or a similar land “specifically so they would be protected by the U.S. Constitution.”

“And now their subterranean grandson, Adam Liptak, is dong the bidding of the petty dictator by saying the Constitution has seen better days,” he said.

Liptak wrote that the Constitution is “out of step with the rest of the world in failing to protect, at least in so many words, a right to travel, the presumption of innocence and entitlement to food, education and health care.”

Savage commented: “In other words, because the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a socialist or communist view of the world, it is, therefore, useless.”

The Times writer also characterized the right to bear arms as an “idiosyncrasy,” pointing out that only 2 percent of the world’s constitutions protect that right.

“Do you have any idea what is going on here?” Savage asked. “Do you realize that we have a power-mad Leninist in the White House, Barack Obama?”

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