Thursday, June 23, 2011

Political deeds and misdeeds and by whom.

And So It Goes

 June 23rd, 2011
By Aaron Cantor USAF (ret) ©
A friend and fellow blogger sent me an interesting article which I will include here.
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:
The United States of America
Born 1776         Died 2008
Cause of Death: Political Suicide
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 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by Obama 13.2:   McCain 2.1.
Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.
Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”
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 illegals, and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
Who is responsible for the mess this country is in?
Lawyers (politicians are usually lawyers before they become politicians).
As I have stated many times over the course of more years than I care to admit to, there are no saints on either side of the isle, career politicians of all parties are slicker than scum on a Louisiana swamp, and they all have dirty hands in one form or another, and would make P.T. Barnum proud. An excellent reason for hard and fast term limits. Two terms then go home to your real job and no pensions or perks.
The lion’s share of responsibility however, goes to the voters who just vote by name recognition instead of educating themselves to the issues before casting their ballot, which is known by its other names, COMPLACENCY, LAZINESS and APATHY.
Once when asked by a citizen “what form of government have you given us Mr. Franklin?”
Ben Franklin replied: “A Republic sir, if you can hang on to it.”
One gentleman responded that I must be on crack and seems to have taken great umbrage at the content in one of my columns, trust me all I do is call them the way I see them if you disagree, that is your right as an American citizen but suffice to say opinions are like belly buttons we all have one.
I play no favorites when it comes to calling out crooked politicians that is why I am not a “registered anything”, because parties, as General George Washington pointed out in his farewell address tend to turn into cliques or factions.
 “One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations.
“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.”
“However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

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