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Barack Obama's America; A timeless critique from TOCQUEVILLE.
www.weeklystandard.com ^ | March 9, 2009 issue | Alexis de Tocqueville

Posted on 03/05/2009 1:01:56 PM PST by Yosemitest



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: bho2009; despotism; lping; obama; rush; tocqueville
This is Rush's subject for tomorrow.

Thanks Rush.

Okay, let's expand the issue with examples and point/counterpoint.

1 posted on 03/05/2009 1:01:56 PM PST by Yosemitest
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To: Yosemitest

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C. S. Lewis


2 posted on 03/05/2009 1:04:56 PM PST by sourcery (Obama Lied. The Economy Died!)
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To: Yosemitest

Wow... it’s a good read.


3 posted on 03/05/2009 1:05:22 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

Ping


4 posted on 03/05/2009 1:07:31 PM PST by Pan_Yan (America has proved it's not racist. Now it needs to prove it's not suicidal.)
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To: Yosemitest

I saw a news clip on TV last night from Harpers.
It said something about President Bush being a dictator in the WH and we just did NOT know it. (’progressive projection’ LOL)

Anyone have a link?


5 posted on 03/05/2009 1:34:06 PM PST by griswold3 (a good story is more compelling than the search for truth)
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To: Yosemitest
Tocqueville was quite prophetic when he wrote that in the 1830's after having extensively toured America and made careful observations. He was uniquely qualified to objectively analyze America because he was a well-educated, aristocratic European who had family members who had been imprisoned and executed by the mobs which took over his country after the French Revolution.

Unforturnately, few educators expose their students to Tocqueville because his warnings about majoritarian tyranny fly in the face of their blind populism.

6 posted on 03/05/2009 2:18:47 PM PST by ravinson
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To: ravinson
And blind populism is what today's National Educators Association (teachers baby sitters) ...
is all about.
7 posted on 03/05/2009 2:35:19 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; Allerious; ...
So it is that every day
     it renders the employment of free will
less useful and more rare;
     it confines the action of the will
in a smaller space
     and little by little
steals the very use of it from each citizen
Wow.



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8 posted on 03/05/2009 2:55:46 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: SunkenCiv

You’ll like this :)


9 posted on 03/05/2009 2:56:31 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: bamahead; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Thanks bamahead!


10 posted on 03/05/2009 3:15:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: ntnychik

Bookmark to read later


11 posted on 03/05/2009 4:35:15 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: jla; Yosemitest; nctexan; MassachusettsGOP; paudio; ronnie raygun; Minette; fieldmarshaldj; ...

Thanks jla for the heads up!

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12 posted on 03/09/2009 5:18:58 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * PALIN * JINDAL * CANTOR 2012)
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To: Cincinna

Soft tyranny!


13 posted on 03/09/2009 5:48:08 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: Cincinna; jla
Thanks jla for the heads up!

Thanks, for the post/article.

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14 posted on 03/09/2009 9:37:06 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (just b/c you're paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you.. :^)
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To: Yosemitest
It would resemble paternal power if, like that, it had for its object to prepare men for manhood; but on the contrary, it seeks only to keep them fixed irrevocably in childhood...

Where the expression "Nanny State" came from.

15 posted on 03/11/2009 5:40:19 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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