What especially amazed Tocqueville was the sheer range of nongovernmental organizations Americans formed: "Not only do they have commercial and industrial associations . . . but they also have a thousand other kinds: religious, moral, grave, futile, very general and very particular, immense and very small; Americans use associations to give fetes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools."
That was then. Being part of an association now is passé. Church and lodge membership have been declining for decades. The new associations are sport fans - NASCAR, golf, and of course college football fans. Every Saturday in the fall, these fans come out like locust. Flags flying from car windows, they clog the roads. Most are not going to the game, but to the mall, but true fans always show their colors.
Football propels a billion-dollar revenue machine that turns out a few stars, throws away 97% of the players when it's done with them and converts institutions of learning into centers of entertainment.
I am watching as the Dems turn this country into a failed fascists state. Conservatives have no clue how to fight back. They just tune in the next football game.
In 1775, with very little provocation, almost a third of the residents grabbed their muskets and claimed this land from George III. Now the Republican party has been ruined. It's history. Hilliary will be easily elected as the Republicans have no one worth damm.
Since I don't like football, maybe I can learn to tune out and like porn.