Current State of the Union
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 (current phase of America);
8. from dependence back into bondage
It's a sad state of affairs we see now. It has appeared and continues to appear to me that the following things are 100% gone in America - Free will, exploration of the soul through land and toil, new ideas to bring about the next great political liberating change, monetary independence (or even the choice to be free of the monetary system at all).
The next great idea may come from the 3rd world nation with the most natural resources as of yet to plundered. What made America great wasn't so much our Government as it was our unsettled land and vast abundance of natural resources directly linked to the Industrial Age's techonological advances.
My two cents - on this day. An important day. But... not as important as we might think. What scares me the most besides McCain losing... is Obama losing... I don't know why but that's what my gut tells me.