Timid and Industrious Animals

In describing what he called “soft despotism,” Alexis de Toqueville wrote:

“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.”

America has been sliding toward soft despotism for years now. And in a lot of ways, too many of us were already reduced to a flock of timid and industrious animals before the Wuhan pandemic struck. Which might explain why, when the lockdowns began, Americans agreed to be herded into their homes with minimal opposition.

The only thing necessary for Tyranny to triumph is Free and Sovereign Americans allowing themselves to be treated as a flock of timid and industrious animals.

Only a flock of timid and industrious animals would voluntarily play the role of snitching busybodies policing those who refuse to comply with the COVID lockdown orders.

The COVID response has hardened soft despotism in America. In fact, it’s no longer “soft” despotism at all.

There was a time once when Americans would have refused to comply with unilateral dictates imposed on them by executive fiat. But not anymore. Now too many Americans praise despotism from the likes of Andrew Cuomo or Gretchen Whitmer, while scorning governors like Ron DeSantis or Kristi Noem for refusing to treat their citizens like pliant sheep.

Yesterday, former Democrat Presidential candidate Andrew Yang suggested the government require some kind of identifier so we know which of those timid and industrious animals have been vaccinated for COVID and which have not.

Perhaps, and I’m just spit-balling here, we should require an ear tag like the kind they use for sheep.

Or is that too on-the-nose?

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Sadly, too many of our fellow Americans believe these tyrants are the good guys too.

Meanwhile, government bureaucrats are deciding who among the timid and industrious animals will be first to receive the COVID vaccine. And they aren’t leaning toward those at highest risk of the virus. Nope. Not at all. Instead, they’re leaning toward those with the highest quantity of melanin.

After all, some timid and industrious animals are more equal than others.

And, sheep that we are, we must simply accept what our government shepherds decide.

A year ago I never would have imagined that Americans would simply allow themselves to be herded into their homes because their governor ordered it. I never would have imagined that Americans would bully, harass and report their fellow citizens for the crime of going maskless, or playing in the park with their kids, or keeping their business open so they can make ends meet.

As I said back in April in my column “The Tyranny of the Karens,” I’m terrified by how many of our fellow citizens welcome being bossed around by their Karen Overlords.

Eight months later, I’m still terrified by it, but I’m no longer surprised. After years of soft despotism, we were already timid and industrious sheep conditioned to obey.

And by and large we have obeyed, haven’t we?

We stayed at home, hid ourselves behind masks, closed our businesses, and closed our schools.

We allowed ourselves to be divided into two separate herds – the “Essential” and the “Non-Essential.”

With our livelihoods gone, we now expect our Government Shepherds to pass a “stimulus” and give us money rather than demand that they back the hell off and let us freely go about our lives.

We’ve surrendered our Liberties for the promise of “safety.”

And many of us willingly took on the role of Neighborhood Stasi – dutifully reporting to our Shepherds all those unwilling to behave like compliant sheep.

If America was still a nation of rugged individuals, would we have permitted these lockdowns to continue for nine months? Would we have simply gone along with orders that sacrificed our incomes, our businesses, and our freedoms?

The decades of soft despotism resulted in exactly what de Toqueville warned.  So many are now conditioned to unquestioningly obey. Soft despotism sapped from us a love of liberty while it eroded Individual Sovereignty.

Will there be a push-back?

Are there still enough freedom-loving Americans to stand up against this tide of tyranny?

A year ago, I would have said yes, Americans would never permit themselves to be treated like mindless sheep.

But after nine months of watching my fellow Americans do just that, I am beginning to wonder if there are enough of us left to put a stop to it.

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12 thoughts on “Timid and Industrious Animals

  • December 19, 2020 at 1:04 pm
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    Dianny, I believe that the government should continue to recommend wearing masks AT ALL TIMES so that those of us who do love and value freedom (and who won’t obey) can more easily identify the sheep.

  • December 19, 2020 at 1:59 pm
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    I can only keep on ridiculing the Karens whenever possible. Nobody at the dog park has been wearing masks, nor should they for a Chinese virus that is killed in direct sunlight within one minute. People seem to be keeping the six foot totalitarian dictate, though. So much for young people socializing, meeting, marrying and having kids. Alright, back to my Karen story.

    I was walking my doggie around after being in the “dog park proper,” just enjoying the cold, sunny December day. This woman walks past me, and blurts out “Oh, I’m sorry!” Before I could reply, “For what?” she masks up within half a second, and I double over with laughter. I couldn’t help it. I said, “That’s hysterical!” then she trotted off in a huff, although it was hard to tell, because she was wearing a mask.

    Try ridicule. It may not win us any followers, but it will brighten your day!

  • December 19, 2020 at 6:02 pm
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    I enjoy pointing and laughing at people wearing a mask inside their own car when they are alone.

    • December 19, 2020 at 7:01 pm
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      Actually, I can’t laugh at them…they give me the creeps. Those wearing masks alone in their cars are deeply sick indiiduals.

  • December 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm
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    Didn’t you people Hear??? The accepted “Social Distancing” distance has been changed from six feet to two meters. Ignorance of the new mandate is no excuse. You will obey! Here’s a good question – Which is stupider, Social Distancing or Social Media? I had an encounter with some asshole at Costco today. YOU MUST COVER YOUR NOSE WITH YOUR MASK he screamed at least 10 times. I told him to shut up. I saw him again 5 minutes later and asked: “Were you picked on a lot when you were little? Let me guess – you’re a Democrat, right?”
    I despair…

  • December 19, 2020 at 10:04 pm
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    I live in what has traditionally been a conservative county in Georgia. In fact, it went 64% for Trump this election. But when I go out I am amazed that 98%+ of the people I see are wearing those silly masks. All I can think is “Dumb sheep!”

  • December 19, 2020 at 11:42 pm
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    A triggered neighbor ranting on, “There are 75 million in this country that voted for Trump and none of them will wear a mask!!”

    I imagine he voted for Dems and he imagines that will stop people from getting “the COVID”

    ..

  • December 20, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    I’m happy to report that here in Pensacola at the Navy Commissary, people walk from their cars with their faces exposed to the sun. They put masks on in the lobby simply because the I.D. checkers won’t let people in without ’em.

    They do their anonymous shopping, and as soon as they get outside again, off come the masks. I haven’t seen anyone driving in the Navy Exchange Mall with a mask on, not even delivery drivers and security guards.

    Oh . . . and when this silly merde started last spring, the policy of allowing elderly people to bring non-military aides with them to help them read labels, reach high-shelf stuff, and load the check-out conveyor belts was discontinued “for health and safety reasons.”

    That quietly went away fairly soon thereafter, and now disabled or elderly can have someone not authorized to shop there to go in and help them so they can get outta the damned house once in a while and do somethin for themselves.

    I also don’t see a helluva lotta 2-metre social distancing goin on in there, either. More like arm’s length, which is more of a traditional courtesy than a bacterium barrier.

    Seems to me that if a human system doesn’t get a few germs now and then, its immune system goes pretty much goldbrick mode. Then when a nasty bug DOES come along, it’s unprepared and overwhelmed like the Poles and French and Brits and Belgians during blitzkrieg in 1940.

  • December 20, 2020 at 7:56 am
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    Mr. Crowley and the missus went to the Kroger in our town to shop yesterday (19thDec) and, except for us, everyone was wearing a mask. The store had a few signs about wearing ‘masks or face coverings’ and there was a comforting, recorded voice announcing this overhead sometimes.
    As another person said above, this is truly heartbreaking to watch. We smiled and looked at them but noted that most would not make eye contact with us. It was as though we didn’t exist. The register person was fast and efficient but spoke not a word.
    Notably, the bagger did speak with us. This store uses developmentally handicapped people to bag groceries. She was pleasant and told us how busy it had been and how she “really needed a vacation.”
    Sad…

  • December 20, 2020 at 9:00 am
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    As I get older, I seem to suffer more and more from enochlophobia (Ol’ Remus was right). So it’s a win-win when the victims of mass psychosis avoid me. And if people are so afraid of a bug that just last year was only ‘seasonal’, then they can stay the hell home and leave normal people alone. BTW – most of the places I go, I wear a clear shield if allowed. Because why would I cover this magnificence and deny it to the rest of the world?

    I set off a Karen just last week, when she barked “Aren’t you afraid you will kill somebody?” What a stupid question. I told her no, I’m not afraid, and I don’t care, even if there was a chance of me spreading a fake virus. I could still hear her screaming from two blocks away.

  • December 20, 2020 at 11:39 am
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    Chill Out Folks. We all Know that this Cough 19 ain’t all that baaaad. We just have to express it to the Sheeple. If ONLY there was a word that we could ewes. I’m not kidding here. After all, that’s another species. Don’t let them Get Your Goat, so-to-speak. No need for lambasting, you simply cannot Ram the Truth down their throats. It’s up to them to see that their Flock is running headlong over the cliff. Be the Sheepdog, and warn them. Not the Wolf who chases them. Like typical Sheep they believe that the Grass is greener over there. It’s probably just Herd Mentality. They lack the Guidance of the Good Sheppard, IMHO. MERRY CHRISTMAS to All. And to All, a Better New Year. Cheers!

  • December 20, 2020 at 6:34 pm
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    Sheep have enormous testicles. They don’t seem to do them any good though.

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