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Tuesday, July 05, 2005
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world�s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.
posted by Jack Mercer @ 7/05/2005 12:38:00 PM  
  • At 7/05/2005 10:33:00 PM, Blogger monkeyshyne said…

    true this...we as americans today are somewhere between selfishness, complacency and apathy..most concern themselves with the small circles around them and ignore the big picture because of their 'it doesn't effect me' attitudes
    ..though most americans are very good hearted they tend to stay in 'safe' places instead of getting out, standing up, being heard and making a difference.

  • At 7/06/2005 08:58:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    MS, I was talking to a friend of mine who said that he would never have a gun in his house because there was a small chance that he would "need it". I asked him if he carried homeowners insurance on his house, and he said, "of course!". My follow up was, "hmm...there's small chance your house will ever burn down, and yet you have place a higher value on your home than you do the lives of yourself and family". He gave it some thought, bought a gun and enrolled himself and his wife in a course to learn how to use it.

    I think that my friend is typical of the American people. Our lives are so crowded and busy, that we rarely give pause and thought to the things that are most important. We fail to prepare, and before we know it, we are confronted with a crisis that we cannot handle.

    The author of the quote in the post is unknown, but it could have easily been Plato, Tytler or any other great political scientist or philosopher.

    Thanks for stopping by to comment, and good to see you again!


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