Thursday, September 03, 2009

Does This Show America Today?

This particular day turned out to be quite busy for me. I didn't get the chance to put up a new post. However, as I checked my email messages tonight, Sosthenes sent me a very poignant quote which reveals why America is going through so much turmoil; and why we are on the verge of losing our freedoms.

The Library of Congress attributes the following to Professor Alexander Tyler, writing about democracy in the ancient Athenian pattern. It's amazingly relevant. [And I find it even more relevant today].

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury.... with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy is always followed by a dictatorship.

The average of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have 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 selfishness---from selfishness to complacency---from complacency to apathy--- from apathy to dependence--- from dependence back into bondage."



Two questions:

Does this show America today?

What sequence of the cycle do you see us in today?

Recall that Franklin quote when he was asked what type of government has been given to the United States of America:

"We have given you a Republic - if you can keep it."

What do you say, Fellow Patriots? Are we going to keep our Republic?

Hat Tip:

Sosthenes via email

2 comments:

GMpilot said...

"Two questions:

Does this show America today?"


Not really...although if you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.

"What sequence of the cycle do you see us in today?"

The "from abundance to selfishness" sequence seems about right.

"What do you say, Fellow Patriots? Are we going to keep our Republic?"

That's four questions, hostess!
Considering that Professor Tyler gives a democracy a life of about 200 years, and we've exceeded that limit, do you feel that collapse is inevitable?

Foxwood said...

Do you believe the Constitution is the rule of law?
Do you believe in the original intent of our founding fathers?
Do you want to reform Congress? If your answer is yes, we have
to work together to make this happen.

http://animal-farm.us/change/constitution-project-575