A Democracy Will Only Last Until…

Posted by on March 21, 2010 2:59 pm
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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 doe 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 8 steps that a democracy goes through:

  1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
  3. From courage to liberty;
  4. From liberty to abundance
  5. From abundance to complacency;
  6. From complacency to apathy;
  7. From apathy to dependence;
  8. From dependence back into bondage

With the addition of 31,000,000 Americans being supported by giving them tax payer subsidized health care benefits they now can live on tax payer provided welfare, tax payer provided unemployment extensions and what we’ve created is a vast majority of the country dependent on the gifts from the government paid for from the money collected from the tax payers.

The problem is that the more people that become dependent 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 tax paying 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 we’re going to add 30 more million to the doll from the government.

In the 60’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 the step to pass health care’s burden to the economy of this country, we’ve moved one step closer towards dependence.

I’m saddened to realized that the once great American society that had the power and might to stop tyranny dead on its tracks in Europe and Japan will now join the great ancient societies and be a footnote in the future history books, and others will now rise to take our place.

A sad day indeed in these United States.  Those who celebrate, know you are celebrating your dependency in the government, and the loss of you freedom.

Respectfully submitted
The Lee’s Summit Conservative

3 responses to A Democracy Will Only Last Until…

  1. Guest June 1st, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Democracy helps people find their way to a better quality of life for everyone … Because of this we must seek to strengthen it

  2. If We Don’t Wake Up, It Will Be Lost: Our American Democracy | Lee's Summit Conservative December 29th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    […] SUMMIT, DECEMBER 29, 2012 – In March of 2010 I wrote a piece called: “A Democracy Will Only Last Until…” based on Alexander Tyler’s work on the fall of the Athenian Republic.  Since that time […]

  3. Ken February 4th, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    This needs to be presented to the public in a way that the media CAN NOT ignore.