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First, I want to express our appreciation to Keith for “The Snoop” and Sue, to you for your articles. Really have enjoyed both. What I’m about to write is “food for thought.”
I’ve always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print. God help us, not that we deserve help.
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787 a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, Alexander Tyler, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years earlier. According to him, a democracy is always temporary in nature: 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 candidate who will promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policies.
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 compla-cency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back to bondage.
Um! Like I said, “Food for thought.”