THE RISE AND FALL OF GREAT CIVILIZATIONS
From Apathy to Dependence to Slavery
September 1, 2009
In 1776, Representatives of the original thirteen colonies assembled and wrote the Declaration of Independence. With this document, our founding fathers proclaimed to the world that America was a democratic republic:
"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Ironically, that same year Alexander Fraser Tytler, a European historian published The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic. In his publication, Tytler reported that from his research he had determined the following:
"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over a loss of fiscal responsibility, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith,
From spiritual faith to great courage,
From courage to liberty,
From liberty to abundance,
From abundance to selfishness,
From selfishness to complacency,
From complacency to apathy,
From apathy to dependency,
From dependency back again to bondage."
If Tytler's conclusion is correct, this year America exceeded the average length for a democratic form of government by 33 years.
Henry Wallace, Roosevelt's VP from 1941 to 1945, also wrote that he had observed the beginning of a slide into Despotism and Socialism within the attitudes of Washington's elite. According to Wallace, well-intended leaders with personal agendas would precipitate the loss of individual freedoms:
"So enlisted, men may rightfully feel they are serving a function as high as that of any minister of the Gospel. They will not be Socialists, Communists, or Fascists, but plain men trying to gain by democratic methods the professed objectives of the Communists, Socialists, and Fascists…"
Likewise, in 1944 Norman Mattoon Thomas espoused Wallace's theory with his prophesy of the fall of American democracy—and the mechanism that would be used:
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I need no longer run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."
In 2009, many Americans are experiencing an epiphany. We have been startled out of our complacency as questionable and expensive legislation has become law with minimal debate. As we've begun questioning the logic behind the legislation and the enormous spending authorizations, we have discovered the President, Senators and House Representatives cannot provide suitable answers. As we probe more, we are learning that our representatives are following another's personal agenda rather than ours.
Moreover, we have started to rebel when confronted with the understanding that our leaders in Washington are attempting to force a single payer (government) health care system on us. This rebellion deepens as leaders ignore the fact that 90% of all US citizens already have health insurance, that 84% like their current health insurance and are not in favor of a government take-over of health insurance (270M Americans of the 300M total have insurance, 252M like their insurance—leaving only about 30M without insurance.)
"I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program.... A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that's what I'd like to see.... first we have to take back the White House, we have to take back the Senate, and we have to take back the House." Barack Obama - 2003
NOTE: We now know that the government's claim that 48M people could not get health care insurance was intentional misinformation. In truth, only about 12M people cannot get health insurance. The balance are either not eligible (not US citizens), or are eligible but have chosen to not purchase it.
Regardless, to pay for universal health legislation the government proposes to raise taxes on the rich and middle class. When this is put in proper context using IRS records, we discover that of the +/-300M (million) people in America, the richest 1.4M already pay 40% of the IRS taxes—and the next 134M people (middle class) pay the remaining 60%. Therefore, the majority of Americans (164M) are not contributing to the IRS coffers—but they are voting—and as Tytler predicted, are voting themselves largesse from the public treasury.
"Enrollment for Food Stamps surged by two percent to reach a record 34.4 million people, or one in nine Americans, in May, the latest month for which figures are available." Reuters, 08/06/09
We've also discovered that legislation is not being read prior to voting—and that by design, legislation is lengthy and incoherent due to pork-barrel amendments and special interest entitlements being added for placating the opposition, e.g. bribing them for a Yes vote. As a result, many of the pre-packaged, spin answers and comments only alarmed us more.
"Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs." Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
"We have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt." Joe Biden, Vice-President
"Paying taxes in America is Voluntary" Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader
Ultimately, we are realizing that the new administration's promised "change" looked more and more like a coup d'état, e.g. a government takeover just as Henry Wallace and Norman Mattoon Thomas predicted. Moreover, the government's "change" methodology is straight from history—and diabolical.
"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise." Adolf Hitler
"Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action.... Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests." Gore Vidal, 2004
"The great masses of the people will more easily fall victim to a great lie than a small one." Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.
"...when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous... If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State." Joseph Goebbels
"But I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess. I don't mind cleaning up after them, but don't do a lot of talking." Barack Obama, 2009
Our anger has become public
during the town hall meetings being held across America this month.
In an attempt to mitigate the impact of our combined voices and
implement political damage control, government leaders brand us as a
fringe right-wing element, sending out their loyalists to silence
our questions and openly attempting to intimidate us in the name of
"This is a scary time in Washington… It's a very frightening time. I see Barack Obama is creating an enemies list of people who oppose this miserable health care plan. I think that's frightening. That's from a guy that can't even show a long-form birth certificate. I think we all ought to be prepared to fight that." Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.)
"They are just helping us understand the fringe that is trying to mess up our meetings." Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (D-Nev.).
"If you get hit, we will punch back twice as hard." Jim Messina, White House Deputy Chief of Staff
"These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American." Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Speaker of the House and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Majority Leader.
"With lobbyist-backed GOP mobs working to shut down town hall meetings on health reform with members of Congress, labor and progressive groups are fighting back on several fronts. The orchestrated mob scenes have already led to reported death threats against at least one congressman and new outbreaks of violence." Art Levine
However, the intimidating threats of our leaders backfired when it exposed their ignorance and contempt of the law—and this realization coalesced our mounting opposition.
"The White House is in bit of a conundrum because of this privacy statute that prohibits the White House from collecting data and storing it on people who disagree with it." Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News judicial analyst
All indicators point toward the fact that democracy in America has progressed along Alexander Fraser Tytler's cycle as he predicted—and our form of democracy is now starting its slide into dependency on a socialistic government. If this slide is allowed to continue, the next step will be bondage (dictatorship)—as both Wallace and Thomas predicted.
Moreover, the vision of our current President and his agenda supporters in Congress is to "change" America into a government controlled socialistic state. More importantly, they are fully aware that forcing Universal Health Care on all Americans is a huge step in accelerating the slide into Socialism.
However, Americans are starting to wake up to the threat that their liberty will be lost if the government succeeds in its socialistic agenda to transform opportunities-for-all into guarantees-for-all. We now understand that such a change only encourages more government tampering—which justifies more governmental infringements—until ultimately all our rights will be replaced by government-sanctioned privileges.
"Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back." Sarah Palin
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have." Thomas Jefferson
"Major change takes time, sometimes lots of time" John P. Kotter, Leading Change
"The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance." John Philpot Curran, July 10, 1790
The immediate hope for America is for Americans to once again declare their independence of the elite despot ruling class. To accomplish this, YOU must make it crystal clear to all your elected representatives and officials, i.e. President, US Senators and Representatives, Governor, State Senators and Representatives, etc. that you hold them accountable for any/all socialistic legislation and actions that facilitate America's slide toward dependency and bondage. It is imperative that YOU make them believe that the consequence for ignoring your mandate is their removal from office at the first opportunity.
We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.