“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."
Friday, September 11, 2015
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Timeline On Dick Cheney: 1962 and 1963 - Cheney is arrested twice for driving under the influence.
1966 - Drops out of doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin to work as staff aide for Governor Warren Knowles.
1968 - Cheney is awarded an American Political Science Association congressional fellowship on staff of Congressman William Steiger and moves to DC.
1969 - Assigned to work for Donald Rumsfeld, the Director of Office of Economic Opportunity in President Richard Nixon's administration. Rumsfeld appoints him to position of special assistant.
1970 - Rumsfeld becomes a White House counselor. Cheney becomes his deputy.
1971-1973 - Assistant Director of the Cost of Living Council.
1973 - Rumsfeld asks Cheney to join him in Brussels when Nixon appoints Rumsfeld ambassador to NATO. Cheney declines and instead accepts a post as vice president at Bradley, Woods and Company, a DC investment firm that counsels corporate clients on politics and federal policy.
August 1974 - Gerald Ford succeeds President Richard Nixon and appoints Donald Rumsfeld to head his transition team. Rumsfeld recruits Cheney to serve as his deputy.
September 1974 - Named deputy assistant to the president.
November 5, 1975-1977 - White House Chief of Staff.
1981-1987 - Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee.
1984 - Has a second heart attack.
1987 - Elected chairman of the House Republican Conference.
1988 - Becomes House minority whip.
1988 - Has a third heart attack and undergoes quadruple bypass surgery.
March 1989 - President George H.W. Bush nominates Cheney for secretary of defense after John Tower's nomination for the position fails to win Senate confirmation.
1989-1993 - Serves as secretary of defense. He directs two military campaigns during this time: Operation Just Cause in Panama and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East.
July 3, 1991 - Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George H. W. Bush for his leadership in the Gulf War.
March 1992 - Cheney and other current and former Congressmen are named in a scandal involving overdrafts at the House bank.
1995 - Becomes chairman and CEO of Halliburton, an engineering and construction company for the petroleum industry.
March 2000 - Asked by George W. Bush to be his running mate. He declines, instead accepting a position vetting potential vice presidential candidates. He accepts in July when Bush asks again.
November 22, 2000 - Cheney checks himself into a hospital with chest pains. Doctors say he had a mild heart attack, and insert a stent to open an artery.
December 12, 2000 - The U. S. Supreme Court reverses a Florida Supreme Court's decision ordering a statewide recount of thousands of questionable ballots - effectively ceding Florida's 25 electoral votes and the presidency to George W. Bush and vice presidency to Dick Cheney by a five to four deciding decision exactly five weeks after Election Day.
March 5, 2001 - Cheney checks himself into George Washington University Hospital with chest pains. He undergoes angioplasty to reopen the artery treated in November 2000. It is determined he did not suffer a heart attack on this occasion.
June 30, 2001 - Doctors insert a "pacemaker- plus" device to monitor Cheney's heart rhythm and slow it down if it becomes irregular.
November 2, 2004 - George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are re-elected as president and vice president of the United States after Democratic challenger Senator John Kerry concedes on November 3.
September 24, 2005 - Undergoes surgery at George Washington University Hospital for an arterial aneurysm behind his right knee. A similar procedure will be performed on an aneurysm in an artery behind the left knee at a later date.
December 18, 2005 - Makes a surprise visit to troops in Iraq. It is his first trip to the country since 1991.
January 9, 2006 - Cheney is hospitalized briefly at George Washington University Hospital after suffering shortness of breath. The problem is believed to be associated with medication Cheney is taking for a foot ailment.
July 28, 2007 - Vice President Cheney has the battery replaced in his implanted heart defibrillator.
November 26, 2007 - He is diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat), after he visits his doctor complaining of a lingering cough. He undergoes a routine heart procedure intended to shock the heart back into normal rhythm.
September 17, 2009 - Undergoes elective back surgery to deal with pain caused from a case of lumbar spinal stenosis.
February 22, 2010 - Cheney is hospitalized at the George Washington University Hospital after experiencing chest pains. After a stress test and a heart catheterization it is determined Cheney suffered a mild heart attack.
June 25, 2010 - Is hospitalized at George Washington University for conditions related to his coronary artery disease. He has a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implanted in July to help his heart pump.