Friday, April 30, 2010

Alien Rule

Robert Weissberg is Professor of Political Science-Emeritus at the University of Illinois-Urbana. He has written a great piece (April 29; on what it is about the presidency of Barack Obama that unsettles so many people. He calls it "alien rule"—the idea that America is now being run by an invader, an outsider; someone who doesn't "get" America; someone who is doing things in ways that we are becoming rapidly more uncomfortable with. It is well worth a few minutes. It helps explain why a man who was elected by a majority of Americans now has such a low approval rating going into his second year. Obama is making an increasing number of Americans nervous.

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