Before Michelle Obama announced the Best Picture to a large group of Democrats at the Oscars Sunday, Daniel Day Lewis’s triumph as Best Actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln was as close as the gathered crowd came to cheering anything that remotely resembled a Republican.
If Alexis de Tocqueville were to have written Democracy in America today, he might have shared an entirely different perception of America. He would have found too many of our citizens suffering from the depression of our age--"Learned helplessness." Rather than believing that they have what it takes to invent their own future and claiming the mantle of self-reliance and earned opportunity that made America great, they look to government for support.
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