Can the lessons of history save the USA?

Can the lessons of history save the USA?

ben franklin

This article was written a few years ago…you tell me if this looks familiar now:


In 1887  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 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:

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.”

The Obituary follows:

Born  1776, Died 2016

It doesn’t hurt to read  this several times.

Professor Joseph  Olson of Hamline University School of Law  in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some  interesting facts concerning the last  Presidential election:

Number of  States won  by:           Obama:  19                    Romney: 29
Square miles of land won  by:      Obama:  580,000      Romney:  2,427,000
Population of counties won  by: Obama: 127 million  Romney: 143  million
Murder rate per 100,000  residents in counties won  by:  Obama:  13.2              Romney: 2.1

Professor Olson adds:

“In  aggregate, the map of the territory Romney  won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying  citizens of the country. Obama  territory mostly encompassed those citizens  living in low income tenements and living off  various forms of  government welfare…” Olson  believes the United States is now somewhere  between the “complacency and apathy” phase of  Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy,  with some forty percent of the nation’s  population already having reached the  “governmental dependency”  phase. If  Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to  twenty million criminal invaders called  illegals – and  they vote – then we can say goodbye to the  USA in fewer than five years.

Note: This story was not written by me but it is my honor to re-publish it here.

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