blue and red, understood

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  1. hillclimber1

    hillclimber1
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    This is from back in the 2000 election cycle but worth another look, as it helps clear up some of the facts.

    At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new
    constitution,
    in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The
    University of Edinborough) had this to say about "The Fall of The
    Athenian
    Republic" some 2,000 years prior.
    "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 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 worlds 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."
    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul,
    Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the most recent
    Presidential election:
    Population of counties won by:
    Gore=127 million
    Bush=143 million
    Square miles of land won by:
    Gore=580,000
    Bush=2,2427,000
    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 tax-paying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory
    mostly
    encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and
    living off government welfare..."
    Olson believes the U.S. is now somewhere between the "complacency and
    apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy; with some 40
    percent of the nation's population already having reached the
    "governmental dependency" phase.
     
  2. dispen4ever

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    I've seen this analysis several times. I never tire of reading it. It is "right on," as we used to say.
     

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