In 1887 Alexander Tyler , a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:
“A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.” Democracies always commit suicide.
A democracy, in the throws of the destruction of a Republic, will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover the difference between self-interest and selfishness. The viral symptoms are the erosion of fundamentals, the symptoms being:
They will vote themselves ever increasing and generous unsustainable gifts from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority will always vote for the candidates who pander, promise and deliver the most benefits from the public treasury, The Federal Reserve, the Great, no collateral, Fiat Money Printing Press.
The historic promise and guarantee is that every democracy will finally collapse over loose, cynical fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years, pray tell, how old isAmerica?
During those 200 years, these nations, focus onAmerica, always progressed through the following remarkable, consistent, repeatable, and stubborn sequence:
- From any form of bondage to some form of spiritual faith;
- From spiritual faith to great courage, audacity, valor and bravery;
- From that field of courage to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;
- From freedom to sustaining wealth;
- From wealth and abundance to self gratification and complacency;
- From self gratification, complacency to apathy and lethargy;
- From lethargy to dependence and reliance;
- From reliance back into bondage.”
The Obituary follows: Born 1776, Died 2012.
Professor Joseph Olson ofHamlineUniversitySchool of Law inSt.Paul,Minnesota points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:
- Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29:
- Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000:
- Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million:
- Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain:
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this country.
President Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
Olson believes theUnited Statesis now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler ‘s definition of democracy, with some forty plus percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase. Those who pay taxes is or has moved lower than 50% of the taxing paying eligible public. The top 5% percent ofAmerica“producers” pay an estimated more than 80% of the taxes.
“California’s rising standards of living and outstanding public schools and universities once attracted millions seeking upward economic mobility. But then something went radically wrong asCalifornialegislatures and governors built a welfare state on high tax rates, liberal entitlement benefits and excessive regulation. The results, though predictable, are nonetheless striking.”
“From the mid-1980s to 2005, California’s population grew by 10 million, while Medicaid recipients soared by 7 million; tax filers paying income taxes rose by just 150,000; and the prison population swelled by 115,000.”
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal, some tort, some civil, offenders, invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to theUSA, as founded, in fewer than a dozen years.
We must all help everyone to realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom. This is truly ominous and scary!
Of course we are not a democracy, all democracies commit suicide, we are aConstitutionalRepublic. Someone should point this out to President Obama. Of course we know he and too many others pay little attention to Our Constitution. There couldn’t be more at stake than on Nov 2012.