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State of the Union

From an interesting forward I received…

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinborough, 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.”

Sound familiar?  It seems the key to getting back out of bondage is spiritual faith.  Surprising?  But of course ‘religion has no place in modern politics’… or does it?


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