11 August 2010

What Would Alexis de Tocqueville Think?

"What the great French historian Alexis de Tocqueville would make of today’s Obama administration were he alive today is anyone’s guess. But I would wager that the author of L’Ancien Régime and Democracy in America would be less than impressed with the extravagance and arrogance on display among the White House elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity. . . There is however a political revolution fast approaching Washington that is driven not by mob rule but by the power of ideas and principles, based upon the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the US Constitution. It is a distinctly conservative revolution that is sweeping America and is reflected in almost every poll ahead of this November’s mid-terms. It is based on a belief in individual liberty, limited government, and above all, political accountability from the ruling elites." (Emphasis mine.)

A most insightful piece in the UK Telegraph.


13thBama said...

That revolution begins 8/28.

Randy Wade said...


If Glenn Beck is the Revolution's leader...the revolution is already lost!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Randy - the current political mood is much larger than Glenn Beck. If you don't understand that, you're woefully out of touch.

13thBama said...


The correct phrase would have been "the COUNTER-revolution starts 8/28."

And make no assumption that it needs a leader...

Anonymous said...

I think Tocqueville would still reconise us as being a great people,because the average American's are still a good people.

By looking at our elected governing class Tocqueville or anyone else would not see much greatness though because we have elected men and women who are beneath us.Men and women,with a few exceptions,who have very little character and morality,who don't believe in anything greater than themselves.People who have not accomplished anything outside of goverment but who seek position's of power for their own self promotion.

Their is a big diffrence between us the average Americans,from "the self annointed"class who think they reign supreme in Washington.

Tom Gann

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


Thanks for the comment.

"Their is a big difference between us the average Americans,from "the self anointed "class who think they reign supreme in Washington."

I agree. And I believe the piece linked to in the American Spectator diagnoses the problem very well. Every American should read it.