Alexander Tyler supposedly made these statements more than 200 years ago. As an aside, according to some historians, the average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Based on this projection, America is already 35 years overdue for collapse and dictatorship.
Also attributed, by some commentators, to Tyler is this frightening sequence:
Nations progress …
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 dependency,
from dependency again into bondage.
While the original authorship of that sequence may be questionable, it is nonetheless chilling.
(Care to hazard a guess as to where America is in that sequence?)
In some earlier governments – the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Romans and the Europeans – certain classes of nobility and/or landowners were given a measure of self-determination. America is an amazing experiment, as it is the first example in human history where all the people are now guaranteed the right to vote, elect their own representation and decide their own fate. The original dream of our founders to entrust the American people with their own destiny has been fulfilled.
However, an extremely important and powerful truth has apparently been forgotten or lost in the shuffle, a truth we must keep firmly fixed in mind. It is not the government, it is your government, your president, your Congress, your senators, your representatives; they work for you! They are not our leaders, but our servants – so far.
This year’s election may very well be one of the most critical elections in history, and certainly one of the most important elections in our lifetimes. We could be looking at a seismic change in the concept of our American republic. We are talking about the impact of forthcoming legislation on our children and grandchildren.
You are, of course, aware that today, under existing legislative initiatives and regulations, you spend more time each year working to pay for your government than did the serfs in monarchal England. According to the Tax Foundation, today the average American worker must work more than three months before they earn enough to pay their tax obligations. According to one report, in 2011 the average American had to work 40 days more than in 2001 to reach COGD (Cost of Government Day). The fact is, the American public spent more on taxes than on groceries, clothing and shelter combined. If that is the case for you today, imagine the impact of continued government spending on your children and grandchildren.
May I encourage, entreat, exhort you with all the earnestness I possess? Understand the real issues that affect America. Research the candidates’ positions. Demand clarity of those positions. View the media with a jaundiced eye. Then register and vote. And when (and if) you do vote, please do not just vote along party lines. There are those in government who would change us into the image of a socialist, practically bankrupt Europe.
The failure of millions of Americans to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote because of ignorance, sloth or apathy, would be an American tragedy, perhaps without parallel in our history.
Do vote. Vote principle, not party! Vote intelligently and wisely. Vote according to the positions dictated by a clear conscience. Remember, you don’t have to serve in the military to defend America.
God bless you, and God bless America!