Food for ThoughtPosted Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 10:44 AM
The fellow in the middle was a resident of Mountain Home who served in the Civil War.
My hope is that they point out the precarious position the "best intentions" of the documents this nation was built around faired in the course of history:
" 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."
The Obituary follows:
Born 1776, Died 2012
It doesn't hurt to read this several times.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St.
Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the
last Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain
won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low
income tenements and living off various forms of government
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
"complacency and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of
democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population
already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million
criminal invaders called illegal's - and they vote -
then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message.
If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just
how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to
Now, having said all of that, I remind you that ours is a REPUBLIC, not a true democracy.
So unless the ancient cultures whose calendar ends in December of 2012 are correct, there may be time left on ours.
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I was born September 17, 1949 in Caldwell, Idaho. Like Idaho's climate, I have a dry sense of humor. It may be a result of faulty genetics, but I come from sturdy stock. My great grandfather once served as a postmaster right on the line between Camas and Elmore Counties and is buried on what was once his land. According to research my only sibling has done, we generally agree that he started his westward trek in Indiana sometime after 1838 and died of pneumonia in 1911. If Google earth is correct, there are at least 2.5 million average steps between Ripley County, Indiana and his gravesite.
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