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September 22, 2009
Pine Island Eagle
To the Editor:

History always repeats itself over and over, again and again, yet we fail to acknowledge, I ask myself why?

Per French Philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville while touring the United States immediately after the Civil War stated, that democracy in the United States will survive until politicians find they can buy the people’s vote with the people’s money. How interesting!

Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, approximately 1787 stated, this 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. It will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the treasury, followed by the resulting collapse of the government due to the lack of fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.” History dosen’t lie.

Are you aware that the average age of the world’s democracies are approximately 200 years? Let’s see, 2010 less 1776 = 234 years. During those 200 years, those nations progressed in the following sequence: (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, (6) From complacency to apathy, (7) From apathy to dependence and (8) From dependence back to bondage. Per Mr. Webster’s 10th edition the definition of apathy is: Lack of feeling, emotion and impassiveness, lack of interest or concern. Apathy, by the way, when did you last vote in the spirit of “We the People”?

Charles Alexander




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