A look at the “soft despotism” of Obama governing

Sauce for goose? How mediums look at Trump, ignore Obama:

During the election, Donald Trump was routinely likened to Hitler. The headlines suggest not much has changed.From the New Republic: “Donald Trump Is Already Acting Like an Authoritarian.”

National Public Radio: “Donald Trump: Strong Leader or Dangerous Authoritarian?” The New York Times: “Beyond Lying: Donald Trump’s Authoritarian Reality.” The New Yorker: “Trump’s Challenge to American Democracy.

”What’s striking here is that the same folks who see in Mr. Trump a Mussolini in waiting are blind to the soft despotism that has already taken root in our government. This is the unelected and increasingly assertive class that populates our federal bureaucracies and substitutes rule by regulation for the rule of law. The result? Over the Obama years, the Competitive Enterprise Institute reckons, Washington has averaged 35 regulations for every law.

He said it: He has a pen and a telephone. Gets his way any which way.

Source: Despotism and Donald Trump – WSJ

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