Monday, March 17, 2008

A Dying Democracy

Got this the other day... interesting reading. I don't know about the five years part and I did not research the quoted. but it is something to think about.

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 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 School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:
Gore: 19
Bush: 29

Square miles of land won by:
Gore: 580,000
Bush: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:
Gore: 127 million
Bush: 143 million

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 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...' 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 and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

3 comments:

DCsporty (AKA SpeedBump) said...

AHHHH Live for the day!! For tomarrow just may be a piece of crap!! (Trust me on this)

B Matthews said...

DNR, this is actually a hoax, with a lot of erroneous numbers posted by some fanciful conservatives. Check out http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/tyler.asp to see the real deal on this, including the incorrect numbers regarding the murder rate between the Bush and Gore camps' counties won.

I hope you're happy. I had to get up out of my leaky waterbed that's in my broken down doublewide and commando crawl across broken glass in my ghetto neighborhood to get to a computer today. Of course that's what I get for voting for Gore.

Oh, did I mention...

GO HILLARY!!! ::pokes you, grins, runs away::

Bwah-hahahahahahaha!

DNR said...

DC - Yes!!! Carpe diem!!! Ergo bibamus!!! (Seize the day!! Therefore, let us drink!!)


Hey B!! I wasn't sure anybody still read this thing.

Thanks for the info. I usually check snopes... funny though, things I tend to agree with I don't research... hummm kinda biased of of me. Better fix that. I'll work on a retraction later this evening.

Hillary - BILLARY!!! BOOooooo!!!!! *pokes back, misses, then slings a snow ball* ---- S P L A T -----