This powerful video quotes a letter to the editor in the Richmond Times Dispatch from a Cuban refugee who came to the US in 1968. The letter writer mentions that there are eery similarities between the candidacy of Obama and the rise to power of another politician who also spoke eloquently and passionately for "change."
Americans seem to have lost their suspicions of politicians who not only are popular, but who seek to lead mass movements. Such demagoguery - the Huey Longs of American politics - used to be condemned for trying to set up a cult of personality that had the potential of overriding Constitutional protections.
Not today. Americans appear to be ready to hand the presidency to a man who encourages the kind of slavish devotion that a Castro or Hugo Chavezs revels in. It is good to be reminded where that kind of devotion can lead.