Our original thirteen states adopted their new constitutions in 1787. Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, stated things 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 vote 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 average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years."
"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
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."
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University of Law, St. Paul, Minn., points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 presidential election.
Bush won 2,427,000 square miles of land in 29 states, population 143 million, 2.1 murder rate per 100,000. Gore won 580,000 square miles of land in 19 states, population 127 million, 13.2 murder rate per 100,000. Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country, Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Professor Olson believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with 40 percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to 20 million criminal invaders, called illegals and they vote, then we can say good-bye to the U.S.A. in fewer than five years.
Janet R. Rees