“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."
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
GOP, Incompetent or just a Pack of Weasels?
The Republicans Are Punking Trump:
By STEVE PEOPLES and THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans are expressing embarrassment, fear and frustration as party leaders concede that their years-long promise to erase much of Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is all but dead.
Conservatives blamed establishment Republicans who control Congress. Establishment Republicans blamed President Donald Trump. And Trump blamed "a few Republicans" and Democrats.
The finger-pointing marked a new low for a Republican Party that swept into power in January and has struggled to govern ever since.
Trump signaled Tuesday that his party was largely giving up after seven years of promising to repeal the law.
The development intensified Republican divisions from Georgia to Colorado to Texas as conservatives vowed to punish ineffective Republicans in Congress and GOP operatives warned of dire political consequences for the party in 2018.