“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."
Saturday, April 21, 2007
The Vanishing Leadership of GWB.
Bill Clinton, when he was President, was everywhere. Troubled or not, shameless and audacious, Clinton was always present. George Bush, although not reduced in grade, has certainly been reduced in stature, and it shows. His recent pronouncements are weak, tepid and uninspiring. No more carrier deck bounces or even bounces in step. The President has succumbed to the stress, demands, and criticism of his leadership. It shows. His presidency is broken and perhaps, so is he.
It is dangerous for a leader to be such. Understandable, but still dangerous.