“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."
Monday, January 24, 2011
The Super Bowl will air on the 100th birthday anniversary of President Ronald Wilson Reagan
Reagan was sworn in 30 years ago as our 40th President.
If the age of Reagan is over, why is President Obama, in an (admittedly well crafted) editorial in USA Today, praising him as an inspiration the day before the STFU address?
'When the future looked darkest and the way ahead seemed uncertain, President Reagan understood both the hardships we faced and the hopes we held for the future. He understood that it is always "Morning in America." That was his gift, and we remain forever grateful.' ~ Barack Obama
It's called moving hard to center in the wake of what Obama himself calls the biggest shellacking in 38 years.
I served President Reagan in the Cold War. Barack Obama is no President Reagan.
During the first months of his administration Barack Obama announced that the United States would no longer seek to implement the missile defense shield which eventually brought Russia back to START negotiations and the signing of the Treaty.
This was right after Medvedev announced in March of 2009 that Russia would begin a large scale INCREASED rearmament and renewal of Russia’s nuclear arsenal by 2011.
"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong." ~ Ronald Reagan