We all ask this question as we relate to all of our own ideas and homes we live in. This question has many answers and many varied ways to obtain the answers. I tend to agree with a few people I am going to show below and believe we as a nation are close to failure if “WE THE PEOPLE” do not take any action to bring Congress, the President, and the Justice Department back to the appropriate use of the Constitution, not the way they are presently “ABUSING” the Constitution for their own purpose of their political party. The writing below comes from several older sources and actually show how our nation formed and where our nation may well be at this present day and time. This title actually came from an entire brief article done by a Scottish history professor named Alexander Tyler back in 1787 at the University of Edinburgh and made the following statement about the fall of the Athenian Republic about 2,000 years earlier. Mr. Tyler stated;
“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 vote 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.”
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from beginning of history, has been about 200 years.”
“During these 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 complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage.
These 8 simple ideas show the complete cycle of great empires such as Rome, Greece, Egypt, and some many others that have followed this same path from humble beginnings back into where we came from a cycle that at the moment, the United States is facing. Some people will wrongfully say that this will never happen in the United States, but if one follows what has happened here they can see that although the United States has gone beyond the ideal 200 years, we are at this moment entering the phase numbered 7 above, “From apathy to dependence.” Right now the United States has approximately 47% of the people in some sort of dependence from the government of the United States.
In a recent election in Louisiana only some 20% of the people turned out to vote! This is totally unacceptable since it shows that we are truly at level 7 of the chart Professor Tyler presented back in 1787! How long may our nation last with such apathy towards elections? Sure this is one state, but it has developed in all states to some level. “WE THE PEOPLE” have taken the old adage, “LET GEORGE DO IT!” to a new level. As voters, we should vote at EVERY election, not just ones we see that will benefit us! That also goes back to Professor Tyler when he stated that, “A democracy will continue to exist until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.” Here we can clearly see that as a nation, we have come to this point and due to our lack of doing what we as a people should do, “VOTE”!
We have elected officials that see the people want only certain things and they know that they can obtain what the people that voted them into office want because they do not have to worry about being voted from office because only a small percentage of people are now voting and placing officials in positions that give those who vote what they want even while the majority scratches their heads wondering how they could do this! All because “PEOPLE” who did vote did so because they wanted something for nothing and to get that they went and voted for those who would do that just to get re-elected! If we register to vote, we should and we should vote in ALL elections or we will see that those that don’t want to work will take from those who do until there is no more to take!!
If the United States is to make a mockery of this philosophy of Professor Tyler, we must VOTE in every election and we must make sure that more then a mere 20% vote! If 20% of the people can control the other 80% just by going out and vote, then we lose the one thing this nation was built upon, “MAJORITY RULE”! It is a very sad day when a small amount of people can control the majority just due to the fact that the majority stayed at home on election day!
If “WE THE PEOPLE” do not get out and vote in every election, we cannot blame anyone but ourselves when our nation, the United States, fails since it is us, the voters that can and should control our nation and NOT the politicians that obtain their votes through the apathy of the many! Our nation is just a mere one step from becoming a nation in bondage so “WE THE PEOPLE” had better wake up, register to vote and most of all, VOTE in all elections no matter how much we don’t care about them, because if we do not, those in power will TELL us what we can and cannot do!!