about the time our original thirteen states adopted our Constitution in
Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of
was supposed have had made the following statement about the fall of
Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier. A search of the Internet
refutes this attribution but instead claims that no one actually knows
coined this observation. Regardless of its origin, history has proven
it to be
an accurate assessment of the plight of a democracy, which is one of
reasons I cringe whenever I hear the word, used in reference to our
As any student of unrevised history may recall, our Founding Fathers
vehemently NOT to establish our nation as a democracy because they knew
well that a democracy was nothing more than mob rule.
is Alexander Tyler’s (or whoever’s) observation:
democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a
form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the
voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public
treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the
promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result
democracy will finally collapse due to 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.
those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great
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
I were a gambling man I would place my chips as to where America is
number 7 and heading rapidly toward number 8.
need to get back to number 1...and do so quickly.
Returned bust of Winston Churchill
Gave Prime Minister of England DVDs of
movies that couldn't be played in England.
Offended the Queen of England with a
self-aggrandizing IPod that was filled with his own speeches.
Bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.
Praised the Marxist Daniel Ortega.
Kissed Socialist Hugo Chavez on the
Endorsed the Socialist Evo Morales of
Sided with Hugo Chavez and Communist
Castro against Honduras.
Announced we would meet with Iranians
pre-conditions while they're building their nuclear weapons.
Gave away billions to AIG also without
Expanded the bailouts.
Insulted everyone who has ever loved a
Doubled our national debt..
Announced the termination of our new
defense system the day after North Korea launched an ICBM.
Released information on U.S. intelligence
gathering despite urgings of his own CIA director and the prior four
Accepted without comment that five of his
cabinet members cheated on their taxes and two other nominees withdrew
after they couldn't take the heat.
Appointed a Homeland Security Chief who
identified military veterans and abortion opponents as "dangers to the
Ordered that the word "terrorism" no
used and instead refers to such acts as "man made disasters."
Circled the globe to publicly apologize
America's world leadership.
Told the Mexican president that the
their country was because of us.
Politicized the census by moving it into
White House from the Department of Commerce.
Appointed as Attorney General the man who
orchestrated the forced removal and expulsion to Cuba of a 9-year-old
whose mother died trying to bring him to freedom in the United States.
Salutes as heroes three Navy SEALS who
down three terrorists who threatened one American life and the next day
announces members of the Bush administration may stand trial for
"torturing" three 9/11 terrorists by pouring water up their noses.
Low altitude photo shoot of Air Force One
New York City that frightened thousands of New Yorkers.
Sent his National Defense Advisor to
assure them that the US will no longer treat Israel in a special manner
and they might be on their own with the Muslims.
Praised Jimmy Carter's trip to Gaza where
sided with terrorist Hamas against Israel.
Nationalized General Motors and Chrysler
turning shareholder control over to the unions and freezing out retired
investors who owned their bonds. Committed unlimited taxpayer billions
in the process.
Passed a huge energy tax in the House
make American industry even less competitive while costing homeowners
thousands per year.
Announced nationalized health care
that will strip seniors of their Medicare, cut pay of physicians,
increase taxes yet another $1 trillion, and put everyone on rationed
care with government bureaucrats deciding who gets care and who doesn't.
Spent $20 Million to pay for moving
Palestianans to U.S while U.S. Economy is 11 Trillion in debt already.
Promised $400 Million to
Palestinian relief while U.S. Economy is $13 Trillion in debt
Top 20 signs your company health
plan has switched to
20. Employees given do-it-yourself
heart bypass kits.
19. Your annual
breast exam is done at Hooters.
18. Must now schedule doctor appointments through the DMV.
17. Directions to
your doctor's office include "Take a left when you enter the trailer
16. As you're wheeled in for surgery you’re greeted by Dr.
Larry, Dr. Curly and Dr. Moe.
15. The tongue
depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicles.
14. You're given end-of-life counseling, but you've only got
13. The only
proctologist in the plan is "Gus" from Roto-Rooter.
12. Creepy guy in the mailroom now in charge of gynecological
11. Your primary
care physician is wearing the pants you gave to Goodwill last month.
10. The main item
listed under Preventative Care Coverage is "an apple a day."
9. Baby delivery only done in drive-through line.
8. When you ask for a raise, boss gives you Viagra.
7. Employee of the month program changed to amputee of the
6. When you call to make a doctor appointment, person
answering phone laughs uncontrollably.
5. Regardless of what's wrong with you, you're told to take
two aspirin and call back in the morning.
patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges," is not a
3. The only expense covered 100%
2. Your Prozac
comes in different colors with little M's on them. TA-DA!
please) AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN YOU'VE JOINED OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE
1. You ask for Viagra, and they give you a Popsicle
stick and duct tape!