A democracy can only last until …

… the electorate figure out that they control the purse strings.

In 1787, while our first 13 states adopted their new constitution, Alexander Tyler who was a Scottish History Professor at the University of Edinburgh, said this about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years earlier:

“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 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 due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.”

The liberals in congress, typically but not always found in the Democratic Party, are simply following a tradition clearly discussed over 200 years ago.  Our democracy is mature and past the 200 year cycle predicted by history.  Professor Tyler went on to say the following about the eight steps that a democracy goes through:

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

With tens of millions of Americans already being supported by tax payer subsidized health care benefits, tax payer provided welfare, tax payer provided unemployment extensions … what we’ve created is a country where vast numbers are becoming ever more dependent on gifts from the government paid for from the money collected from the tax payers.

The problem is that the more people that rely on the government, the fewer workers and income earners that pay taxes; the fewer entrepreneurs that generate jobs, and the greater demand for higher taxes from an ever decreasing taxpaying group.  This is the next step that goes back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Social Security (perennially in financial trouble), Medicare and Medicaid (also perennially in financial trouble) and now some want us to add $3,500,000,000,000 to the National debt and untold more millions of people to the doll from the government.

In the 1960’s this country was the country of promise.  The country that told the immigrants who traveled to its shores: you work hard, you are productive and honorable and a good citizen, there are no limits to what you can do for you, your family and your new country.  In the last 50 years we’ve moved from abundance to complacency and today, with an apparent apathy to let Congress pass its current legislative agenda into law, we’ve moved one step closer towards total dependency.

I’m saddened to realize that the once great United States of America that had the power and might to stop tyranny dead in its tracks in Europe and Japan will now join Athens and the other great ancient societies and become only a footnote in future history books while others rise to take our place. While we’re dredging up wisdom from the past—here’s one regarding our “rights” to ponder:

“It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the ‘right’ to education, the ‘right’ to health care, the ‘right’ to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle.”
― Alexis de Tocqueville

It’s a sad day indeed in these United States. To those of you, who celebrate; know you are celebrating your dependency on the government, and the very probable loss of your freedom.

One thought on “A democracy can only last until …

  1. Well said! completely agree with you. I am also very saddened. We grew up being told this could happen and it is happening right before our very faces and the majority cannot see it or if they do they cannot admit to it because then they cannot admit they are wrong which they cannot do. I always thought America was too smart for this to happen, but obviously I am wrong. I hate having to admit I am wrong, especially when it comes to the America I love and grew up in is being destroyed. More than anything: I worry about the future of my children.

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