Nearly 200 years ago, a French aristocrat and historian by the name of Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to the
So profound were Tocqueville’s studies that numerous major colleges and universities throughout the
In a sense, Alexis de Tocqueville was a virtual Nostradamus of American politics. His observations were so powerful and vividly relevant to our present-day world one has to believe that if Tocqueville were alive today, he would be one of the most knowledgeable people about politics on the planet.
As proof, read Tocqueville’s prediction about the
With such foresight in mind, let’s look at a few other statements by the French historian and interpolate them into the context of today.
Prior to the Boston Marathon bombings there were numerous lengthy debates among politicians about our burgeoning deficit and how to deal with it. Immigration was another hot-button issue among others, but the frustration among many Americans as they witness the talking heads on their television sets is that they are spinning their wheels and getting us nowhere.
That is not the
On a similar path, which was true in the 1830s and remains even more noteworthy today, Tocqueville wrote, “There are many men of principle in both parties in American, but there is no party of principle.”
Americans who feel betrayed by either one or both political parties, or who believe government is increasingly bloated and inefficient to the detriment of the people it supposedly serves, can certainly relate to that.
We all know about the generous government perks of our lawmakers. We have all been treated to Obamacare which is so good that our government officials have made other arrangements so they can avoid it. Surely one of Tocqueville’s quotes about our legislators rings true: “In other words, a democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.”
Alexis de Tocqueville was a profound thinker and observer of democracy as we know it. Certainly a few paragraphs from his writings will not entice most readers to make a beeline to seek out his voluminous observations. But they do point out in glaring fashion the monumental tasks we face before us and the need for Americans to find true leaders who are skilled in the art of diplomacy and statesmanship. Leaders who believe in the American spirit and the American people and our individuality and resourcefulness.
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