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Top political strategist Woody Allen thinks Obama would get much more done as dictator; No, really

Woody Allen

The notorious and formerly funny movie director Woody Allen is apparently frustrated with the cumbersome operations of American democracy too.

The one-time-father-now-husband-of-his-daughter tells the Spanish-language magazine La Vanguardia that the United States' Democratic Smoker-in-Chief could accomplish a whole lot more from his White House if he didn't have so many disorderly, annoying people objecting, distracting and criticizing him all the time.

Such social messiness has been known to occur in functioning democracies, even cinematic ones, although less often on celebrity-strewn movie sets under the direction of a dictatorial director.

"It would be good...if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly," Allen is quoted as saying.

Allen is also said to have said:

I am pleased with Obama. I think he is brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him.

With healthcare and the economy now fully fixed, no doubt one area in urgent need of sweeping Obama-style reforms would be targeting movie reviewers who write negatively about Hollywood. Or about its politician favorites.

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It's ironic that you have to be over 13 to post a comment but you can be a juvenile to post the article. Yes, the economy and health care are in much better shape. The Republicans are not trying to make anything better, they just want to hurt Obama. They are the ones who do not respect democracy. Open your eyes, never mind, you have proven to be incapable of that.

This sorry excuse for a man is morally bankrupt and politically stupid.

This man should go back to his cave and shut his big mouth. He is the worst kind of human....He is disgusting and do you realize he has suggested a dictatorship! I cannot believe it! Hey Woody, if there is an opening for a Czar in Obama's administration, you would fit right in...How deplorable! Typical limousine liberal with big bucks who because of his guilt for making so much money for doing nothing, and taking up CO2 in this world, he has to administer social engineering and justice to the people...what a low life he is....I hope your new movie tanks at the Box Office, and why don't you donate all your income to the Government?

Absolutely brilliant man! wonder if he procreated with his "wife", he may just want to have a younger wife in the near future.

Looks like the effects of dementia are finally coming out in ol woody

Yes, Rule of law, separation of powers, democracy, individual rights stuff is just so old fashioned and gets in the way for the tyrannical elite Hollywood, media, academics, and government statists. The masses should just herd up into sheeple. If they only knew what was good for them...

This guy has something in comomon with the rest of the fascist/socialist, anti-individualist tyrants.

“I have learned a great deal from Marxism, as I do not hesitate to admit. The difference between them and myself is that I have really put into practice what these peddlers and penpushers have timidly begun...I had only to develop logically what Social Democracy repeatedly failed in because of its attempt to realize its evolution within the framework of democracy. National Socialism is what Marxism might have been if it could have broken its absurd and artificial ties with the democratic order.” -(Hitler to Rauschning, The Voice of Destruction, pg. 186).

I fell asleep every time I ever tried to watch a Woody movie. He is not funny, he is not moral, he is not my kind of man. Is he a man?

My list of actors whose work I boycott is growing fast. They WILL hurt their bottom line, but they don't care. Why?.....

Because they have all been "recruited". You can't get a job in H'wood unless you have signed in, bought in, been approved by, the Communist Cocktail Brigade.

I know, they tried it on me. Maybe I would have done more business in my life had I accepted, but....I just hate communists!

Communists don't Party!!!!!!!!

What a tool! We all know what sound judgments Woody makes. We should all follow Woody's advice then we could all celebrate our wedding anniversary and father's day with the same woman like he does. Sicko pervert.

We can only hope all who feel as Woody proclaim their beliefs loudly and often before November

Don't worry Woody. He's well on his way to becoming the northern version of Hugo Chavez! Just look at how he has thumbed his nose at the COnstitution so many times in the last year and a half with no repercussions.
Hwy Woody, I heard that you and Roman Polanski are having a couple of teenage girls for dinner... Errr ... I mean over for dinner...errr. ...somehow I can't get that to sound right.

If woody is so in love with idea of living in a dictatorship, he can move to venezuela, n. korea or cuba!

I totally disagree with Mr. Allen on this. I don't think that Obama is helping America economically at all, which in the end is the only real way to help the poor, and everyone else. As someone wise once said, the rising tide lifts all boats. That's how capitalism works. Think of the richest person in the 1800's. Compare him with a poor person in America today with hot water, electricity, tv, plenty of food, air conditioning, medicine, transportation and political as well as economic freedom. They may be poor, but in America they still nevertheless have the opportunity to lift themselves up by hard work and common sense and become middle class or even wealthy. It's been done by countless people in America because of our freedoms. Now, which of these two has better living conditions? The poor person today, that's who. And if that is not convincing enough, now compare the poor person of the 1800s to a poor person today, and ask the same question. The hope of the future is in the freedom of individuals to create, innovate and build the future through capitalism, the best system of incentives ever devised. What Obama is doing instead is redistributing the wealth to the people he wants to vote for democrats, with his government as the (thoroughly inefficient and/or corrupt) middle man. It's corruption. Through this policy the democrats are intent on destroying Capitalism, the bedrock and foundation of prosperity. For those who don't work, and don't care to work, and don't mind being on the government dole no matter how pathetic their lives, it's great. For those who wish to lift themselves up by working hard and doing the right thing and living decent lives... it's horrible. The democrats believe in taking our money and giving it to those guys in an open ended vote buying scheme with which they plan to obtain perpetual power. As dictator Obama will do more of the same, and in the process destroy the nation and the world with it. So no, Woody. You're totally wrong. I am convinced that one day, when the Socialists/Communists/Fascists get out of the way of the free market and stop trying to "Central Plan" our lives for us, we will prosper and enter the wonderful future everyone is hoping for. In the meantime we have to suffer with ridiculous tyrants and their supporters. Unfortunately. I recommend reading Von Mises, Hayek, Edmund Berke, Milton Friedman, and others of the Austrian (Free Market) school of economics before you run off and make Obama our dictator. Just give it a try. Their thinking makes a lot more sense than socialism. Then read Orwell's 1984. It's about what happens when the socialists take power. Believe it. Then, when your done with that, do the right thing and protect your countrymen and the world.

People like this are how people like Hitler, Stalin and Chaves get in power in the first place, too stupid to realize what they are asking for.

Polanski now Obama this guy certifible mentally ill. I bet he cozy with KJI(north Korea), Chavez, the Casto brothers and that fool from Iran along with any other two bit dictators around the world. Obama should be impeached and him and his cronies need to be tried for treason for the trashing of the US Constitution. GO Arizona, Its' ashame a state has to pass a law to do what the feds won't.


Great advice from a formerly funny pedophile. Most folks that have sex with their children, or children, go to jail, but not libtards in Dollywood. In case budding genius Allen didn't notice, comrade Hussein already has taken dictatorial powers much like his mentor, "Fats Chavez". Not up there with the Castros, but just give him time, which may be coming to an end with the November elections. Since little Allen is not a fighter, he had better hope all this ends in a democratic manner, not the way the Demoncrats envision.

Here's an example of where everything moral is immoral.
Didn't Allen defend Polanski the other day?
Hasn't Obama already behaved like a dictator?
Raping woman is okay and it's okay to go to bed with your step daughter.
It's also wrong to have faith and pray. Who do you think you are working hard and owning something? You should have that taken away.
"With the healthcare and ecomony fully fixed." Oh man. Where is the walking cane with the hooked end?
And they are calling Allen a top political strategist?

"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." (Samuel Adams)

Woody who? Why is anything this pervert says newsworthy?

What a great endorsement for Obama. We need Woody Allen spearheading Obma's next run for the Presidency. Presidency? To hell with the Presidency, we need a dictator. Oh wait, actually this is a dry run we are going through now for the next dictator of the US.
Our country is in sad shape. To think that we have Obama as a President and now we have a half-wit so called comedian endorsing him for dictatorship.

Woody Allan loves Herr Fueher.

Wow... this article isn't biased in any way at all.

So lemme get this straight.....

George Bush was President and had to deal with all the same hurdles Obama has to deal with, yet people still call Bush a "Dictator" because he just "did what he wanted" (even though he didn't and Congress agreed with his actions enough to put them into laws and so on), yet Obama has the majority in Congress, himself in the White house, and the media on his side, and you're telling me he's being held BACK?

Woody, you're out of your mind and this just makes the whole situation even more sad. No one really knew anything about what this guy was gonna do, he ran on a motto of "Change" without being specific ever, yet the masses flocked to him. Just goes to show how powerful the media really is.

How's that whole transparent government thing going? Oh, that's right, he lied about that too...

If Obama's first dictatorial act is to put Woody Allen in a labor camp I would support Obama's first dictatorial act. Civil rights do not extent to people who do believe in civil rights. Appartently Mr. Allen fits into the "does not believe in civil rights" catagory. Mr. Allen's work has always impled that he is a perverted mess.

And let's hear it Woodster,'Everybody under the age of sixteen,is now,sixteen!'Apparently,he has a long standing interest in dictators.Just not in women of his own or the next generation.

Dictator for Life has a much better ring to it. Perhaps then Obama could implement an appropriate punishment for perverts and child rapist like Allen and Polanski without bothering with that pesky Constitution thing.

Woody please move to Venezuela Chavez will get the job done for you as your leader. You most have spent to much timer in the sleep chamber this time.

It just goes to show that alleged "liberals" or Progressives don't really care much for free speech or Democracy once they gain power. As a jew, one would think that Woody Allen would have a clue about how dictatorships and how they treat their Jewish populations.

This left wing nut job is dangerous. Obama should be IMPEACHED. Call or write your Senator today and demand a return to GLASS STEAGLE standards in banking or this country is finished.

Woody Allen stated:

"I am pleased with Obama. I think he is brilliant."

I respond with quotes from our "brilliant" leader:

"The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries." --Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010

"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009

"I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis." --speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008

"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."

"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." --at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon

I rest my case.

Of course none of the dictorial edicts would affect Woody. Socialists policies never apply to the "elite".
When are the hollywood blow hards going to realize that Obamas wealth distribution will apply to them too. Course it might be the ONE positive thing of his policies. I would love to see Striesand ocean front mansion nationalized and watch her wait in line for groceries and gas.

So why is it that EVERY wealthy Hollywoodian thinks that we should be in a socialist country? They ar ethe qst to spot that more should given, yet they have more than all normal Americans. Hey hollywood guys and gals who are making 20mil+ a year off us normal conservative Americans....Give more and stay out of politics...

If you take the average American families charity contributions, I bet the percentage of their annual money is more than the percentage ANY Hollywoodian gives...

Who knew Woody Allen is a fascist? Can anyone remember the last good movie this dope made?

This Obama President is the WORST in U.S. history. He needs to be impeached! And Mr. Allen I'm never watching another movie of yours! Has anyone seen the distruction dictators cause?! Hello, anyone remember Hitler? Or has that school curriculum been removed for this new socialist regime?

I didn't know he was still alive.

Woody Allen, who proposes to make Obama another Hugo Chavez, clearly demonstrates the old belief that when you go far enough to the "Left" you become the "extreme fight," a Nazi. Anybody who spends a nickel on this empty-headed blowhard's "professional" efforts contributes to his ability to promulgate his ant-American, anti-liberty beliefs. Get a real job, Allen, where you sweat in the sun, freeze in the winter and develop a little common sense.

Honest words ?.From the lips of a true ? father/husband of the child/wife......This man belongs on the same porch in a rocker next to Jimmy Carter since both are off their " rockers "

This is the same Woody Allen who decided his adopted daughter was a better catch than his own wife. He's certifiably nuts. Liberalism is a mental illness. No way anyone in his/her right mind would give any more power to the empty suit president than he already has.

Woody, are you out of your freaking mind. Maybe your past experiences with pediphia have clouded your judgement. But to give Obama dictatorial powers over the people. Even for California weirdness, this is a peach.

What's with today's modern liberals. Are you so devoid of common sense and reasoning anymore. You cry out for freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of all kinds of stuff.

Yet, here is another example of today's modern progressive liberal telling us that we need a dictator, and Obama fills the bill for dictator.

You have to be kidding.

What can you say? Another Fruit Cake from Whorlywood.

Allen should be pleased that Obama is(already)assuming dictatorial powers. STUDY Mussolini. STUDY Peron. STUDY Chavez. Then OBSERVE the similarities. Government takes over: the banks, private industries, health and the press in the name of "fairness"; government demonizes the rich, the successful and the "fat cats"; government pits income and ethnic groups against each other; government pretends that bribes and takeovers are "incentives" and "assistance;" government pushes through extra-constitutional, extra-legal measures to "revive" the economy. Apparently, the pace of the takeover doesn't satisfy Allen. Obama's announcement that, in lieu of the "fairness doctrine," he will coopt the internet -turning it into a "public utility"- seems pretty swift dictatorial work to me!

...and this is why there are far too many people allowed to vote.

it comes as no surprise to me that many liberals WANT dictatorship as long as they are the ones in charge. Allen is a sick, incestuous, and somewhat demented man.

Why would such a bizzar and otherwise insignificant (outside hollywood) person want such a radical change. Without disparaging this possibly crazy person who also thinks Polansky should just be forgiven for fleeing for his crimes, what could possibly be Woody's ignorant motive here?

I hope his ignorance makes him happy though.

Allen should move to Cuba if he believes in dictorships. Here's a guy who has made so much easy money in his life time he forgets that it's been U.S. capitalism that has rewarded his talent.

I wish Allen lived under the dictorship he proposes, just NOT HERE. Because he would just be another citizen with an opinion to keep to himself.

He is a confused man...

This shows just how crazy and out of touch with reality he is.

It's typical liberal Leftist attitude like his that leads societies into oppressive police states. Remember, it was the PROGRESSIVES that originally backed even the Nazis. The idealist foolishness that if enough power is centralized behind "our ideas", that power can do great social engineering things. Of course, the problem always is that the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. The Left is always about growing government into total control...extreme Right, is anarchy---no government. Most don't understand that THIS is the spectrum.

Woody Allen, like most people who work in showbiz, if a raving loon. However, I'm sure Obama agrees with him.

Never saw any of his movies, didn't think he was funny. At least he has the guts to say what he really thinks. If Obama did become a dictator could we compare him with the other brilliant dictators that have preceeded him.

Could someone tell me what the last great dictator there was. I always thought dictator was a bad thing hence the Hitler to Bush comparisions

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