19th century Scottish historian Sir Alex Fraser Tytler famously said, "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
"It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. From that time on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the results that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship."
Tytler concluded that the average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years, and that these nations went through the following cycle of freedom:
- From bondage to spiritual faith;
- From spiritual faith to great courage;
- From great courage to liberty;
- From liberty to abundance;
- From abundance to selfishness;
- From selfishness to complacency;
- From complacency to apathy;
- From apathy to dependency; and
- From dependency back again to bondage.
The United States of America, one of the world's greatest civilizations, has reached the 200-year mark in Tytler's Cycle of Freedom. American voters have discovered that they can vote themselves largess from the public treasury. A great number of people in this country are now backing candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury. And that has resulted in the loose fiscal policy of large budget deficits and a $16 trillion national debt.
Obama and the Democrats are creating a dependency on government; and that is a great threat to this great nation of ours.
More and more people are depending on government. Obama and the Democrats are promising the American people more dependency on the government. Obama and the Democrats are promising the American people more benefits from the government without explaining how they plan to pay for it. And as a result, the Obama Administration's loose fiscal policies has America on the brink of collapse.
Yes, dependency is the last stop before bondage on Tytler's Cycle of Freedom. That's where we are, as a country, but we can break the Cycle of Freedom if we wake up and change course.