“After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville in Democracy in America (1835).
Yep, Ol’ Al had it right. As early as 1835 he limned precisely sheeple, and most eloquently, I might add. My friend, two events happened over the weekend. The Kardashian wedding with Kim and that guy (note his irrelevance) and the apparent fall of Tripoli. The latter is impossible to tell because I believe nothing I read or hear in the media. The Kardashian nuptials were real. The MSM’s account of Libya amounts to the repeating, not reporting, of what they’re told to say. They’re stenographers, plain and simple.