Here's another email I was sent.
When the thirteen colonies were still a part of England, Professor Alexander Tyler circa 1787 wrote a warning based on the fall of the Athenian Republic over two thousand years previous to that time.
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."
The average age of the world's greatest civilization has been two hundred years. These nations have 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 selfishness;
From selfishness to complacency,
From complacency to apathy,
From apathy to dependency,
From dependence back into bondage."
Where do you think this nation falls in this progression? Have we progressed down to one half, two thirds or more to dependence back into bondage. Scary isn't it?
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University of Law, St. Paul, MN provides the following 2000 election factoids for consideration:
* Population of the counties won by Gore 127 million - won by Bush 143 million
* Sq. miles of country won by Gore 580,000 - won by Bush 2,427,000
* States won by Gore 19 - by Bush 29
* Murders per 100,000 residents in counties won by Gore 13.2 - by Bush 2.1 (not a typo)
Professor Olson adds, "And may I add that the map of the territory Bush won was (mostly) the land owned by the people of this great country. Not the citizens living in cities owned by the government and living off the government."
Taking the path of least resistance is what makes rivers run crooked!
Should we find ourselves in a state of apathy, think about the quote from Edmund Burke, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."