“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, July 04, 2009
Sarah Palin to Repose
Why? Why not? What kind of person would want to subject themselves and their family, to the hypocrisy, inanity, and viciousness of American politics?
We have legislatures that pass laws that they have not read. We have a vapid president that has made tele-prompted platitudes an art form and yet receives little serious scrutiny from an intellectually shallow and dishonest press. Why would Sarah Palin or anyone else want to be part of that?
I think Sarah Palin is an attractive but ordinary talented politician that by any measure exceeds the standards of most who serve in the US Congress. I have lost sight of the qualifications necessary to be president. Could she be any worse or less qualified than Jimmy Carter, George Bush the younger or Barack Obama? I doubt it. Is there some tawdry revelation hidden by the media smoke screen of Michael Jackson or the sinning, sorry, sniffling governor from South Carolina?
If you want good government too bad, you aren't getting it in the America of 2009. The American political establishment is a septic sewer of corruption and venality caused by the barter and spoils of minority interests and lobbyists who wheedle the political compass for their paymasters. Still, things have not gotten bad enough to change that.
The Obama presidency rises or falls on the economy. An economic wreck is about the only hope the Republicans have to regain power. Who will lead them to an unlikely victory is anyone's guess. I doubt it will be the good mom from Alaska.