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Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 2:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 2:20 p.m. CDT

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 benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

The average age of the world’s greatest civilization from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progress 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 to bondage.

The obituary follows:

Born 1776, died _____. (I think it will be 2016.)

Politicians know that they must act like Santa Claus, just not wear the suit. A good example is that people on welfare, in many states, earn more than many people who work. Why work when politicians will give you what you ask for, as long as you vote for them. Someone will eventually pay for this, and it will not be the people on welfare.

Carlo Olivero


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