Does this familiar quote aptly describe the current state of many EC countries, with the U.S. following closely in their footsteps?"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."
-- Alexander Tytler
Corrupt, selfish politicians exploit the laziness of a large percentage of the population by promising them an ever-increasing amount of the fruits of other people's labor. Those lazy people then vote to keep the politicians in office, and to increase those like him/her.
Who can watch the looting, pillaging, and plunder in the recent London riots, while spineless authorities do nothing, and not conclude that the system has been totally broken by failed theories on social behavior and personal responsibility. If you have a problem, it's somebody else's fault. The community organizers - now with worldwide central planning - go in and foment the unrest. How could the British Empire have reduced itself to this? How can America follow?
- Kirt Blattenberger
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