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|09-29-2006, 10:29 PM||#1|
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How Long Do We Have???
> This is very interesting and a worth while read.
> The statistics on this are mind boggling!!!
> About the time our original 13 states adopted their
> new constitution, in
> 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor
> at t he University of
> Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the
> Athenian Republic some
> 2,000 years prior:
> "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 that 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 average age of the worlds greatest civili
> zations from the beginning of
> history, has been about 200 years. During those 200
> years, these 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 Hamline University School
> of Law, St.Paul,
> Minnesota, points out some interesting facts
> concerning the 2000
> Presidential election:
> Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million;
> Bush: 143 million;
> Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush:
> States won by: Gore: 19 Bush: 29
> Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won
> by: Gore: 13.2 Bush: 2.1
> Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the
> territory Bush won was
> mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of
> this country.
> Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens
> living in
> government-owned projects and living off government
> Olson believes the United States is now somewhere
> between the
> "complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's
> definition of
> democracy, with some 40 percent of the nation's
> population already
> having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
> The critical point is when people living on
> government entitlements
> passes 50% and can control future elections.
> >From that point, the party that promises the most
> free entitlements wins.
> Unfortunately less than 50% of the population will
> be paying the taxes to
> support the majority. It won't be long after that
> the country will be
> Pass this along to help everyone realize just how
> much is at stake,
> knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our
|10-02-2006, 11:39 AM||#2|
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