Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sheeple Now

Sheeple Now

Thoughts from America after Pres. Obama spoke at the Brandenburg Gate.  A typical American once had a  “defiant and restive regard for social authority... only when he cannot do without it.”

Alexis de Tocqueville, that observant French pipsqueak, thus described us 200 years ago. He also warned us against the government becoming “an immense tutelary power... absolute, detailed, regular...covering (society’s) surface with a network of small, complicated, painstaking, uniform rules through which the most original minds and the most vigorous souls cannot clear a way.”

A regulatory state could suffocate the spirit of free enterprising Americans. Toqueville wrote that: “it (government)  rarely forces one to act, but constantly opposes itself to one’s acting; it does not destroy, it prevents things from being born; it does not tyrannize, it hinders, compromises, enervates, extinguishes, dazes, and finally reduces (the) nation to being nothing more than an herd of timid and industrious animals of which the government is the shepherd.”

Have we become sheeple?  Does government hear our collective ‘ba,ba,ba?’  


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