Temporary Democracy – now where’s my share?

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TUESDAY 6-03-08…As presidential candidates tour the country promising all things to all people, we would be wise to consider the words of Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh. Speaking about the fall of the Athenian Republic, Professor Tyler said “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.”

“A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury.”

Looking back over this primary election season, as candidates vied for votes, they promised a gullible public things they knew they could never deliver…but it made for good speeches, and plenty of applause. But they also promised things which they can deliver, such as universal health care for all.

Each time I heard a candidate make that promise, I harkened back to the words of Professor Tyler; “The majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose 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. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence , from dependence back into bondage.

Forty percent of this nation’s population has already reached the governmental dependency phase. With universal health care for all being promised by the next president, are we but one step away from dictatorship and bondage?

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2 Responses

  1. Two steps. They haven’t tried to take away our rights to arm ourselves.

    If that ever happens, I’m afraid I won’t be around to see the bondage stage kick in.

  2. I fear Bruce it may be more universal than that…add the international green movement to the mix (cap and trade being one giant step in that direction) and you are one step away from worldwide dictatorship and bondage.

    Do you suppose this is what makes Hugo Chavez and Ahmadinejad smile? They can see the weaknesses in our population…with weakness in the presidency it won’t take much at all to push over what they think of as the “formterly great nation” called America.

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