Statism: the belief that the state is greater than the sum of its parts (i.e. the people); that the people exist to serve the interests (and pay the bills) of the state; and that the people can (and should) rely on the state to look after them, to safeguard their interests.
Obama is a statist. And that is a very large part of our problems at the moment – and the ones that are going to hit us soon as the inevitable consequences of Obama’s management.
There is an excellent article at Bayou Renaissance Man on this subject; go read it.