The United States of America
July 4, 1776 ~ November 5, 2012
In 1887 Alexander Tyler (1847-1813), a Scottish professor of history 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. 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, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, which is inevitably followed by 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 invariably have progressed through the following cycle:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From great courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage."
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Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some telling facts about the last Presidential election:
Number of States won
Square miles of land won
Population of counties won
Obama: 127 million
McCain: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won
PROFESSOR OLSON ADDS
"In aggregate, the territory won by McCain was populated mostly by landowners, and other gainfully-employed taxpaying citizens.
Obama’s territory was heavily populated with citizens living in low-income housing and supported by various forms of public assistance ..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Alexander Tyler's description of democracy. Some forty percent of the nation has already reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty, and awards citizenship to twenty-million illegal aliens –– and gives them the vote –– we may then say farewell to the United States, as we have known it, probably in less than five years.
Much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to the preservation of our identity as a people, please become active in defense of Liberty, Freedom of Choice and Maximum Opportunity for the individual to Own Property, achieve Financial Independence and otherwise use his talents and ambition to advance his own cause to the fullest extent possible. ~ FT