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At some point of embittering clarity, Americans will open their eyes to the glaring significance of the Obama era and see the Power Grab Years for what they are. Whether this realization comes in time to stave off the eradication of the United States as we thought we knew it, or whether it comes too late, I predict it will surely come.

The American people, beginning with but not limited to those of us who voted Barack Obama into the White House, seem to have agreed to shoulder the heavy, costly yoke of exponentially increasing government control of our lives.

Make that exponentially increasing executive branch control of our lives — even more alarming given the cult of President Obama’s personality already evident. With a rubberstamp Democratic Congress, it is the Obama White House that calls the shots, and it doesn’t let dissenters forget it. After Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., declared the Obama administration’s stimulus spending plan ineffective and urged a halt to further stimulus spending, the White House dispatched four Cabinet secretaries — Transportation’s Ray LaHood, Agriculture’s Tom Vilsack, Housing and Urban Development’s Shaun Donovan, Interior’s Ken Salazar — to write letters to Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer enumerating every dime of federal monies that would no longer flow to her state if Sen. Kyl had his way.

As LaHood snarkily put it to Brewer, “If you prefer to forfeit the money we are making available to your state, as Senator Kyl suggests, please let me know.”

What did the White House expect the governor to do next? Make Sen. Kyl an offer he couldn’t refuse?

Muscular politicking on steroids is the Obama way, whether the administration is bullying Chrysler bond-holders, wresting control of the Census from the Commerce Department or empowering, at last count, as many as 31 “czars” to oversee various aspects of federal policy, many without Senate confirmation.

But there exists a potent taboo against the S-word and other terminology essential for analysis. Jeb Bush’s aversion to the term is typical. “Is Obama a socialist?” Tucker Carlson recently asked him in Esquire magazine.

Bush said he didn’t know, and called the president a “collectivist.” “Socialism is pejorative in America,” Bush explained. “So people stop listening. … It’s a turnoff.”

“It’s a turnoff”? It had better not be a turnoff. Because if we don’t talk about it, we won’t think about it — until it’s too late.