One of the more interesting comments of Machiavelli in The Prince is that if you want to hold on to power you have seized from a republic, you don't make things better, you make things deliberately worse. People will hold onto any spar in a storm, and will seize onto the stability of no change, no matter how much things get worse. People only want change when they are comfortable. When things are scary, they seek to avoid it. I think this chapter is sort of what drives the realy sad histories of the world.. like Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Russia, China, Ethiopia.... The list goes on. 0bama does not like dissent, seems not to be too comfortable with open democratic process... and his economic policies always seem to be the opposite of what has been shown to be effective. He does seem to be deliberately driving the economy ever further down. I hade never trusted him. I have always thought him to be smarter than the guys who thought they were pulling his strings, and I have long thought his attitudes about alternative views to be a danger. So, do you think he is clueless, or dangerous?