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How long do we have?


This is one of the most interesting things I've read in a long time. The sad thing about it, you can see it coming.

I have always heard about this democracy countdown. It is interesting to see it in print. God help us, not that we deserve it.

How Long Do We Have?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:43 PM on Sep. 26, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

    '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 they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • 'From that moment on, the majority always vote 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, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • 1. from bondage to spiritual faith;

    2. from spiritual faith to great courage;

    3. from courage to liberty;

    4. from liberty to abundance;

    5. from abundance to complacency;


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • 6. from complacency to apathy;

    7. from apathy to dependence;

    8.. from dependence back into bondage'

    Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29

    Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000

    Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:46 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1

    Professor Olson adds: 'In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned 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.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:47 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • 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.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:47 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • Hmm.

    Did you know that European nations helped fund the South during the Civil War? They WANTED this nation to fall, as proof to their own citizens that "democracy doesn't work."

    Also note that the Athenians used a direct democracy. They were NOT a Republic.

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:50 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • I suppose it depends on where you think we are on the "timeline". I personally think we are somewhere between a #7 and #8.


    Answer by 07upsydaisy at 11:27 PM on Sep. 26, 2009

  • I see us as between 5 and 6. But Athens lasted longer than 200 years. So did Rome.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:29 AM on Sep. 27, 2009

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