At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinboro, 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 over 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, 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.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law,
St. Paul, Minnesota, points out facts of 2008 Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19; Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000; Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127,000,000; Republicans: 143,000,000
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2; Republicans: 2.1
Professor Olson adds:
"In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won by Republicans was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed blacks living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of
Professor Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase (Step 6) of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase (Step 7).
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to 20,000,000 criminal invaders called illegal aliens and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
And, Olson adds, the last gasp of any country has been when marriage and the family have taken a back seat to other sexual interests — as witness Rome - one of the greatest and most-wide spread governments.
Another sign of the end, he says, is the lack of true spiritual interest where the God of the Bible and His ways are replaced by man's thinking and his own ways.
Wake up, Americans. The bell is tolling loud and clear and it tolls for thee.