“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."
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Bad timing for a luxury vacation in Martha's Vineyard
This morning's polling by the recent Rasmussen survey has Obama at the lowest point yet recorded for his short presidency. He has a -14% "approval index." Only 27 percent now "strongly approve" of Obama's performance, while 41 percent "strongly disapprove." This comes out as he finds himself in Martha's Vineyard.
It is clear from the morning talk shows that many on the left feel that they have been sold a bill of goods by Obama. They may be unhappy but have no where else to go, but hey did not get Obama elected.
The people that got Obama elected were the white middle class that wanted to give him a chance. They did and they are not getting much back except a nagging fear that they made a mistake.