The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

Pessimistic phrophesy

Around the same time the original 13 states were adopting our new constitution, in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler, professor of history at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the subject, democracy:

"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 will always vote for the candidate who promises the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy has and will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations have always progressed through the following sequence: 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 and from dependence back into bondage."

Do you really think that this cannot happen here?

Phil Miller,


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