Cycle of Democracy -- a reprise because THIS is important!!
"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 loose 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."
Alexander Tyler (in his 1770 book, Cycle of Democracy)
Dr. Tyler wrote this six years before the Declaration of Independence.
Where do you see the USA today?
Think about this as you argue over what health care you want the government to give you from the now completely depleted public treasury.