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October 1, 2012

THE PEOPLE SPEAK – Public dependence makes democracies fail

— In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh has this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years ago, “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 candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over 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, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.” Born 1776.  Died 2012.

America was founded to be a republic type of government, not a democracy. For a clear understanding of the five types of government patterns, go to the John Birch Society website to get their DVD on this topic. Also, see the two recent movies: “2016” and “The Last Ounce of Courage.” These movies are enlightening and inspirational for those who plan to be informed voters in November.

CATHERINE WHITE

Muskogee

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