Posted 02-11-2004 at 17:22:12
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Very interesting .....
At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution in 1787, a Scottish history professor by the name of Professor Alexander Tyler had this to say about "The Fall of the Athenian Republic" over 2,000 years previous to that date:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits 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 civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this 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."
Alexander Tyler - - - - -
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, wrote this about the 2000 election:
Counties won by Gore: 677 Counties won by Bush: 2,434
Population of counties won by Gore: 127 million Population of counties won by Bush: 143 million
Square miles of country won by Gore: 580,000 Square miles of country won by Bush: 2,427,000
States won by Gore: 19 States won by Bush: 29
Professor Joseph Olson of the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota has produced another interesting new statistic. Professor Olson looked up the crime statistics for all of these counties and came up with this:
Average Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Gore: 13.2 Average Murder per 100,000 residents in counties won by Bush: 2.1 (not a typo).
Professor Olson adds, "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 in tenements owned by the government and living off the government. Professor Olson thinks the US is now between the apathy and complacency phase of democracy although he believes that 40 percent of the nation's population has already reached the dependency phase.
Very interesting .....