There has been much discussion about our present economic crisis. Politicians blame each other , big business, Wall Street, deregulation, and nearly every one but themselves, which may be where the real cause lies. The true cause of our problems may be inherent in what our nation has become , a democracy. The founders of our country were fearful of democracy as a form of government because of the history of failures of democracies. They formed a democratic republic in order to prevent the excesses of a pure democracy. We have weakened some of the safeguards built into our constitution, primarily by the amendment process. The 16th amendment , the income tax amendment , has been the most damaging to our freedoms.
One of our founders contemporaries expresses the reason for their concern of democracy as a form of government:
History of Democracy
--Alexander Tyler, Edinborough, Scotland, 1787, circa our Constitutional Convention.
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 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. 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
Where are we today ?