Alexander Tyler once wrote:
"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 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:
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 "
Things nowadays in the US seem to indicate we're between #5 & #6 sequences (or maybe more 6 with the pedal to the metal towards #7).
Obviously this has been going on for some time now, some may want to blame one person or party for the decline, but truthfully, IMO, it is us, we the people, who are ultimately responsible.
Just look how our politicians play.... and how we the people continually put up with it.
Look at the disgraceful media and how they make the news or halfass report it... and we the people put up with it.
Or of our laughable education system that has eroded in the last few decades... and how we the people have stood by and let it happen.
Our infastructure is one or two natural disasters or terrorist attacks from a blackout, or worse. Yet we the people never consider it.
How the vocal minority more and more rule the roost while the silent majority.. well, remain silent and seemingly apathetic. If it does not beat down their front door, if it does not affect their immediate line of sight or affect their wallet, they really couldn't care less or simply be bothered.
We have more and more mob mentality happening, the quest for social justice instead of the law in which this land was founded and steeped in. Societal dictation, vapid television shows, rabid radio and entertainers rising beyond their entertainment value and espousing thier unsolictied thoughts/advice/opinion. Yet we the people continue to tolerate it.
Why are we, the silent majority, doing this? Why are we letting the vocal minority taking a huge dump on us time and time again, with no repercussions to be made.
Why are we kowtowing to these special interest and not advancing our own?
Why are we continually letting the fractures in our society grow instead of working harder to mend the gaps, to bridge the divide, to unite the divided?
This country is going down the tubes.... and I do not think many people care that in a matter of I suspect 50 years, we'll make what the Soviet Union once was blush! Yet we the peop,le will be silently offended yet do not, nothing whatsoever.