U.S. may be in final steps of decline

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: August 10 2011 | 1:25 pm - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 5:26 pm in
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In 1787 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, said this:

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 votes 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.

Professor Tyler continued with these eight steps of a democracy:

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 to bondage.

Are we there yet?

John V Pallo

Cedar Rapids

 

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