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2010-10-10

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The following is a KSCO commentary.  Here is Kay Zwerling:

          This is called “How much time is left?”  I originally read this last year on August 9.  I believe it is even more timely now. 

          About the time our original 13 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 2000 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 votes for the candidate who promises 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, and during those 200 years, those 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 dependance, and  
From dependance back into bondage.

          Our democracy is now over 234 years old.   The political decisions made in the near future will determine which journey our beloved Country will take. 

          Hopefully our present situation of dependancy and bondage will rapidly change back to spiritual faith and great courage – if we remain a democracy much longer. 

          The unthinkable alternative could be a dictatorship. 

For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.

© copyright 2010

 

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