“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Bush says "Kennedy is one of the Best"
As George Bush wrapped up his six day tour of central and south America, he stood by as Felipe Calderon demanded "much more" and then pledged to work with Teddy Kennedy to pass a "comprehensive" immigration reform bill. Calling Kennedy, "one of the best legislative senators there is." President Bush has very likely sealed his fate as one of the loneliest lame ducks in US Presidential history.
When the President said "My mood is optimistic because the mood in Congress seems like it's changed," he showed how out of touch he is with the American people and especially conservative Republicans. Mr. Bush's middle of the road, "make no vetoes approach" has won him no friends and allies in Congress or around the world. Although this AP story says "The president was generally warmly received throughout his travels, and streets were packed with curious onlookers," the story seems to contradict the reports of very large anti-Bush, anti-
America protests which greeted him at every stop along the way.
When he first took office, he said, "I am a uniter, not a divider." Sadly, it appears that he hasn't learned a thing about politics in Washington D.C. or the world-at-large. Teddy Kennedy has called him a "liar" for years now and George W. Bush goes back for more even as the Democrats savage his administration at every opportunity. The President, trying to please everyone, has pleased no one, including the conservative members of his own party. It is a sad spectacle to see Alberto Gonzales hung out to dry for firing Democrat prosecutors but that is the price you are going to pay when you do not stand true to your party's ideals. As Bush is increasingly hounded by the Democrats in Congress, you can expect to hear pins dropping from the Republican side of the aisle in Congress. Conservative Republicans recently held their CPAC conference and notably missing was Bush's handpicked Chairman of the RNC, Florida Senator Mel Martinez. It seems Senator Martinez was not invited.
The Democrat base is driving it's primary candidates farther to the left. So far, the Republican candidates have not been encouraging. Conservatives in the party are tired of electing RINOS but the party apparatus is solidly controlled by the Bush machine. Soon, we'll begin to see how much clout the conservative wing of the Republican party still has.
Bush and Calderon