I thought this was thought provoking and an interesting read. Not sure who wrote it, as I received it in an email and can’t find the original source. It does seem true with what has happened with other countries in different centuries and how we have somewhat followed this pattern pretty close to the exact line of what it says for the sequence. I am definitely blessed to be living in such a great country as America, but there are just some things that we are doing right now that is pretty much killing us economically and spiritually. How far have we fallen? That is the question that I want to ask, and why has so many people forgotten where we came from and what our constitution is grounded upon? We all need to shape up, or we will get shipped out, to places I’m sure we don’t want to be. Here are a few other guys posts on the subject.
How Long Do We Have?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
“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 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 complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage”
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election: Population of counties won by: Gore: 127 million; Bush: 143 million–Square miles of land won by: Gore: 580,000; Bush: 2,427,000–States won by: Gore: 19; Bush: 29–Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Gore: 13.2; Bush: 2.1
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
realize just how much is at stake, apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.