“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."
The White House urged House members to vote against a measure from Representative Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, that would stop the NSA siphoning up the telephone records of millions of Americans without suspicion of a crime.
I just kicked off a message to my House rep telling him if he doesn't support the Amash amendment, he can write my vote off for good.
White House urges Congress to reject moves to curb NSA surveillance
Obama administration alarmed by vote on 'Amash amendment' aimed at blocking blanket surveillance of phone records