“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, October 17, 2010

Obama - Fake it 'til you make it.

I recently heard a podcast from Freakonomics Radio entitled "Faking It".  It confirmed my thoughts about  Obama.

Prior to the 2008 elections, the Democrats  had determined that they had to get more of the religious vote.  I suppose that some expert had advised Obama that he had to establish that his bonafides as a "Church-going Christian just like mainstream America."  Obama said "Okay" and off he went, quoting scripture at every campaign opportunity until a little problem developed.  Reverend Wright came to light and suddenly Obama's tact went dreadfully wrong.

With Reverend Wright invoking God's wrath to "damn America" and Obama's enthusiastic support of abortion, one had to wonder about Obama's true belief. This podcast explains the dilemma the Obama campaign found itself in: Obama had claimed to be a religious man, a Christian, but how could he reconcile his beliefs and justify his long-standing membership in Reverend Wright's church? Did Obama stand-by the good Reverend's bad theology? Obama claimed that he had never heard Wright's vitriole.  Really? How could that be? You spent how many years as a member of his church and had never heard this garbage? Hmm.

In the podcast, Mark Halperin explains that the Obama's had not been going to church since before the girls were born.

That's what I thought. Obama was faking it.


  1. To be honest, I always thought Clinton was faking it when he went to church.

    George Bush junior made me nervous when he went to church because he was not faking it.

    I didn't care if Senior, Reagan or Carter went at all.

    On balance, I prefer presidents not to salute or go to church. On Sundays, I'd rather theybe humbled on the golf course.

  2. I don't mind if they go to church, I just don't like it if they make a show of it.

  3. Some people are better at faking it than others.

    It is safe to say that Obama is a master mind behind this craft since it took some people longer than others to realize whether or not he has our best interest at heart.