Wednesday, February 6, 2013


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."

 ~ § ~

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 

Obama: 19

McCain: 29 

Square miles of land won 

Obama: 580,000

McCain: 2,427,000

Population of counties won 

Obama: 127 million

McCain: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won

Obama: 13.2

McCain: 2.1


"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


  1. "Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Alexander Tyler's description of democracy."

    I agree with most of what he says, except the above statement. We are more advanced than that. Try "From apathy to dependence."

    The win/loss comparisons were very eye-opening. Really points out just what happened, and he is OH SO RIGHT about the effect that illegal aliens will have when, not if they get to vote. That will be America's last coffin nail.

  2. I think that we are in this stage:

    From apathy to dependence.

    IMO, the complacency was shaken when this "recession" began.

    As I drive around the D.C. area and look at other drivers' faces, nobody seems happy. Nobody is singing along with the radio. Such was not the case a few short years ago.

    WE THE PEOPLE feel powerless. Our "elected public servants" don't represent us anymore.

  3. Average American,
    I see that we agree.

    Immigration reform, if properly handled, could strengthen our nation. But the Obama regime does not have has its goal the strengthening of America.

    Even the WaPo recently pointed out that the proposed immigration reform has the same weaknesses that Reagan's immigration reform did. **sigh**

  4. Cleveland, Ohio, tax dollars at work: Library Gives Free Pole Dancing Lessons To Help Boost Attendance

  5. Erratum!

    A Cleveland news station reported the story. The pole dancing lessons are being given in Scotland.

  6. My only quibble with this is that you pin too much on Obama. The death knell rang much earlier.

    Cotton Mather said it best:

    "Virtue begat prosperity, and the daughter killed the mother."

  7. SilverFiddle is right, of course. Our decline began long before any of us was born.

    The West was infected more than a century ago with the long-slow-acting poison billed as the arrival of "Social Consciousness." This work first to engender Guilt, then Resentment. After that it worked feverishly to enshrine Envy, Spite, Malice and the lust for Revenge as positive virtues in the Public Mind, thus inculcating a wholly perverse set of negative values inimical to the Christian worldview, and destructive to our traditional sense of morality and decency.

    The Church, though she has too often acted the part of the hypocritical whore, at least paid lip service to the virtue of Charity by advocating the practice of empathy and compassion born not only of "fellow feeling" but a stern sense of Christian Duty dictated by Conscience.

    Thoroughly christianized people if left to their own devices, usually find humble-but-effective ways to help each other out.

    Once the perverse, quasi-ideal of "What Have You Done For Me?" supplanted "What May I Do For You?" we've been on the downward slide.

    However, Alexander Tyler's famous observations are most often described as a CYCLE. The oft quoted variations on We Learn Nothing from History indicate we do little but go 'round in circles -- advances in Science and Technology notwithstanding.

    After untold thousands of years -- as a species -- we have failed to comprehend what Duke Ellington understood us when he said, "It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that zing" -- meaning, of course, that without the guiding presence of Love, Truth, and Conscience born of devotion to Principle the products and inventions of human intelligence have little or no value, and may well be vain, perverse and harmful to the prospects of genuine progress.

  8. Obama may simply function as The End Product -- "THE FINAL NAIL" in our NATIONAL COFFIN.

    We've had it drummed into our dear little ears for a long time that "nationalism is bad." We've been told and told that "nationalism" is the thing that produced Hitler's Germany, etc. blah blah blah.

    ERGO, in our fervent desire ever to embrace the most plausible simplistic view in sight, we've allowed ourselves to be subtly persuaded to believe that INTER-NATIONALISM is the way to go, Ho Ho Ho!

    "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."

    ~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

    A few really smart individuals have been aware of human folly's ubiquitous desire for Quick and Easy solutions and how it keeps tripping us up and derailing us since time immemorial, but what good does it do to be "smart" in world dominated by those who so easily -- and ardently -- let themselves fall prey to tyranny?

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    In future any and all comments using the terms "fringe right," "gun loons," or "Saint Ronnie Raygun" will be summarily removed on principle.

    Intelligent opposition is welcome here. Sneering feeble-minded nonsense is not.

  11. A bit harsh, don't you think FT?

    At any rate, some of the facts that you presented about election results and whatnot are fairly misleading or completely irrelevant. For example . . .

    1. Number of States won, Obama: 19
    McCain: 29
    --Everyone knows how the electoral college works. McCain won a bunch of states that had a much, MUCH smaller population than the states Obama won. I mean, Montana has the minimum electoral votes--3. Does that state even come close to comparing with, say, California, which has a much larger population?

    2. Square miles of land won Obama: 580,000, McCain: 2,427,000
    --COMPLETELY irrelevant. I will explain why it's irrelevant if I absolutely must, but I'm hoping that everyone here already understands why miles of land won means absolutely nothing to the election process.

    3. As for the county population . . . who cares? All that matters is how many people voted in that county. Looks like John McCain won a lot of big counties filled with people who either didn't care to vote or were not eligible to vote. So that factoid is pretty irrelevant.

    4. Murder rate - well, considering most of McCain's wins were sparsely populated rural areas, yeah, of course Obama won violent counties. I live in Columbus, OH. Obama won Franklin County (my county). We're one of the best cities in terms of surviving the economic downturn, and although we have our share of crime, it's not that bad.

    I'm sorry, FT, but these facts have very little relevance to anything.

  12. The melancholics cling to the false belief that the Republic still lives. Let the mourning for them begin, and then, be done. The Imperial age is upon us. Time to face facts.

  13. For the record....

    I truly do not blame BHO for all that's wrong today. After all, he was elected, wasn't he?

  14. I see the feeble-minded, otherwise known as educated imbeciles, are out having fun again. The determination to be fair always at one's own expense over the determination to win must be the single most powerful reason we are in the process of losing our country. College turns men into wimps. It makes me puke.

    Dick Wilde

  15. As the world turns and the pendulum swings. There really is nothing new to history. Fail to understand histoty dooms one to repeat it. Geronimo!!!



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