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How Long Do We Have?
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03/21/2010 11:01 PM
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Got this in an email.. so havent looked to deep into.. looks familiar tho.
How Long Do We Have?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new
constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at
the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the
Athenian Republic some 2,000 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
'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
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 School of Law, St.
Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the
2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans:
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans:
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats:
13.2 Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory
Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of
this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens
living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of
government welfare...' Olson believes the United States is now
somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor
Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's
population already having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million
criminal invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say
goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
"Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them." ~Joseph Heller